RadhaKrishn is an Indian Hindi-language mythological television drama series that was premiered on 1 October 2018 on Star Bharat[1][2] and is also digitally available on Disney+ Hotstar.[3][4][5][6] After a successful run of more than 4 years it went off-air on 21 January 2023.[7] The series is based on the life of Hindu deities Radha and Krishna. It is produced by Siddharth Kumar Tewary, Rahul Kumar Tewary and Gayatri Gill Tewary for Swastik Productions and is directed by Rahul Kumar Tewary. The roles of Krishna and Radha are played by Sumedh Mudgalkar and Mallika Singh. It completed 1145 episodes and is listed among longest running television series of India also became the longest ran mythological series.

RadhaKrishn
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GenreMythology
Created bySiddharth Kumar Tewary
Developed bySiddharth Kumar Tewary
Written by
  • Mahesh Pandey
  • Utkarsh Naithani
  • Swapnil Deshpande
  • Dilip Jha
  • Vinod Sharma
Directed by
  • Siddharth Kumar Tewary
  • Loknath Pandey
  • Madan
  • Kamal Monga
Creative directorNitin Mathura Gupta
Starring
Narrated bySaurabh Raj Jain
Opening themeRadhaKrishn – song
Ending themeKrishnvani by Krishna (Sumedh Mudgalkar)
Composers
  • Surya Raj Kamal
  • Jitesh Panchal
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1145
Production
Executive producerSiddharth Kumar Tewary
Producers
  • Siddharth Kumar Tewary
  • Gayatri Gill Tewary
EditorParesh Shah
Camera setupmulti-camera
Running time22 - 23 minutes
Production companySwastik Productions
DistributorDisney Star
Budget₹150 crores
Release
Original networkStar Bharat
Picture format
Original release1 October 2018 (2018-10-01) –
21 January 2023 (2023-01-21)

A prequel of RadhaKrishn, titled Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki, started airing from 19 October 2021 and ended on 4 July 2022.[8]

PlotEdit

Chapter 1 : Radha-Krishna's teenageEdit

Krishna's devotee, Sridama curses Radha in Goloka to forget Krishna for 100 years and live in Bhuloka. This was a part of cosmic play as it was time for Krishna to make his entry into the mortal world. Radha and Krishna are reborn in Barsana and Mathura respectively.[citation needed]

Krishna is destined to kill Kamsa. Meanwhile, Ayan, Radha's friend loves Radha and he tries to separate Radha from Krishna. Krishna defeats Vyomasura, a demon whose marriage was fixed with Radha. Krishna takes Radha out of all humanly weaknesses like bhaya (fear), moha (greed), krodha (anger), ghrina (hatred), irshya (envy), ahankara (pride) and heenbhavna (lack of self-confidence), after defeating each human weakness Radha comes closer to Krishna. She was forced to marry Ayan. Later she realises that this marriage merely is an illusion as she can't marry anyone except Krishna because she is the incarnation of Lakshmi. Radha understands that her marriage is fake and eternally, she is Krishna's consort after Brahma completes Brahma Kalyāna (heavenly wedding) of Radha and Krishna in Goloka.

Krishna, along with Balarama defeats the demons sent by Kamsa such as Putana, Bakasura, Aghasura, Timirasura, Sudarshana, Arishtasura, Keshi, Vyomasura, Dhenukasura, Ekadansha, Pralambasura, the evil enchanter Sammohana, and his 8 brothers who are defeated by Radha's Ashtalakshmi (8 incarnations of Lakshmi) avatars. Finally, Kans calls Krishna and Balaram to Mathura for killing them, but all in vain. Balaram kills Kamsa's eight brothers and Krishna kills Kamsa. Krishna's biological parents Devaki and Vasudeva are freed from prison and Kana's imprisoned father Ugrasena is crowned king. Now, Krishna, Balarama and the Yadavas move to Dwaraka, their new home. Balarama marries Revati (Jyotishmati) in her earlier life, who loved Balarama as Shesha. Elsewhere, Krishna marries Rukmini. Later, Krishna also marries Satyabhama and Jambavati. He then kills the evil Narakasura and his general Mura.

Chapter 2 : MahabharataEdit

The Pandavas have escaped the lac-palace incident which was organised by their evil cousins – the Kauravas -Duryodhana and his brother Dushasana, their uncle Shakuni and Duryodhana's friend Karna. He helps Panchala king Drupada arrange a Swayamvara for his daughter Draupadi, who was born from a yajna. The third Pandava prince Arjuna wins Draupadi's svayamvara and marries her, however circumstances force Draupadi to marry all five Pandavas. The Pandavas receive a new kingdom Indraprastha, faraway from Hastinapura due to the conflict with the Kauravas.

Krishna's sister Subhadra elopes with Arjuna, whereas Krishna kills the Pundra king Paundraka Vasudeva, an impostor. The second Pandava Bhima also kills the Magadha king Jarasandha. Pandavas soon perform Rajasuya Yagna where they gain supremacy over all of Aryavarta, where Krishna's cousin Shishupala interrupts the ceremony, only to be killed by Krishna. Later, Duryodhana organises a dice game with Shakuni wherein Pandavas lose all their wealth and are humiliated, while Krishna saves Draupadi from getting disrobed in the court by Duryodhan's. Later, the Pandavas and Draupadi are exiled for 13 years. When they return, starts the Kurukshetra War, where Arjuna receives from Krishna, the knowledge of Bhagvad Gita. Shikhandi (who got a boon from Lord Shiva to kill Bhisma in her previous birth as Amba) kills Bhishma. Dhrishtadyumna kills Dronacharya, Arjuna kills Karna. Sahadeva kills Shakuni, whereas Bhima kills all the 100 Kauravas, with the war ending with the death of Duryodhana. Gandhari curses Krishna that Yadava dynasty will also be destroyed. On the other hand, Krishna turns Ayan into a better person.

Chapter 3 : PunarmilanEdit

Krishna returns to Dwaraka. Pradyumna returns to Dwaraka and marries Rukmavati, and a son Aniruddha is born to them. To Jambavati and Krishna, a son Samba is born to her, who was termed to be the reason for the Yadava destruction as cursed by Gandhari. Samba grows up to be short-tempered but loves his family, especially his mother, however, dislikes and hates Radha. Later, Samba, Aniruddh and Balaram's sons Nishath and Ulmuk are sent to Gurukul along with Radha, and return after a few years, as teens. Aniruddha is kept in captivity at Shonitapura, the kingdom of Banasura, by his daughter Usha. This soon results in a war between Krishna and Banasura, wherein Shiva has to fight for Banasura due to his boon, resulting in a faceoff between Krishna and Shiva. Krishna defeats Shiva and punishes Banasura for kidnapping his grandson. Soon, Aniruddha is married to Usha while Samba is married to Hastinapur's Kaurava princess, Duryodhana and Bhanumati Daughter's Lakshmanaa. As Samba had previously joined hands with Banasura, he is cursed with leprosy by Krishna and Radha cures him using Mahamrityunjay Jaap. Later, Krishna marries Devi Yamuna.

Shankhchuda (rebirth of Sridama) enters the story who has a loving wife, Tulasi, who is his strength but he only uses her. With the help of Tulasi and her devotion for him, Shankhchuda got immense strength and he vows to destroy the whole universe. Krishna disguises himself as Shankhchuda and goes to Tulasi to break her devotion. After Shankhchuda is killed, Tulasi feels cheated. She curses Krishna to become a stone (sālagrāma). Krishna becomes a stone. However, Tulasi realises her mistake after she remembers her past. She decides to take her curse back and transforms herself into Tulsi plant. She then marries Krishna in this form and is told to remain on earth in that form. This displays Tulasi Kalyāna (Tulsi's wedding). Consequently, Hanuman visits Dwarka and witnesses Rama, Lakshman and Sita in Krishna, Balram and Radha respectively.

Lord Shiva suggests that Krishna should perform the Ashwamedh Yagya, for which he would need someone as his consort (ardhāngini). Krishna chooses Rukmini to sit with him for the yajna, however other queens object this, claiming that they are equally eligible for sitting with him. Narada advised to perform Tulabhara (balancing) in order to find the perfect consort for Krishna. On the weighing balance, Krishna sat on one side and the other queens have to put their jewellery to win Krishna. But no one could win Krishna. At last Rukmini kept a pair of bangles gifted by Krishna and a tulasi leaf, and wins him post balancing the scale.

After Krishna's 100th Janmashtami, the time finally comes, when Sridama's curse come to an end and Radha remembers everything about Goloka and her true identity as a goddess and the consort of Krishna. Later, she kills Kaptasur, Shalva's accomplice and Krishna's lookalike, after she realises his evilness. Afterwards, Vidhurath, brother of Dantavakra, tries to kill Radha but gets executed by Krishna's Sudharshan Chakra.

Later, Samba insults Rishi Durvasa in disguise, only to get cursed to give birth to Yadav dynasty's destruction. Krishna lives in Vrindavan and Radha in Varsana to experience the love of their past. Following this, Radha completes her life on earth abiding by the curse of Shreedama and returns to Golok. Gandhari's curse to Krishna comes into effect, and a fight starts amid Yadav clan. The entire Yadav clan gets dissipated in the war. Post war, Dwarka submerges in the Arbian Sea. Later, Jara shoots Lord Krishna's by mistake, resulting in his death. Lord Krishna and Radha meets in Goloka.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

SoundtrackEdit

The original music of the series is composed by Surya Raj Kamal with the background score by Jitesh Panchal and Sushant Pawar. Lyrics are penned by Shekhar Astitwa, Neetu Pandey Kranti, Vikas Chauhan, Dr. Kannan, and others. The shlokas, mantras, and excerpts from various Hindu mythology scriptures and texts like Bhagavata Purana and Brahma Vaivarta Purana have been transformed into various themes. Popular devotional songs like Shri Krishna Govind Hare Murari, Govind Bolo Hari Gopal Bolo, and Bolo Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki have also been recreated. Some shlokas, bhajans, songs, and background music from Swastik's another magnum opus series Mahabharat are also used in the series. Surya Raj Kamal has composed more than 20 original compositions for Raasleela of Radha-Krishn. Star Bharat in December 2018 uploaded a video consisting of 14 songs from the series till that date.[9]

Tracklisting
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Krishn Hai Vistar Yadi (Title Song)"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalBharat Kamal, Gul Saxena 
2."Tum Prem Ho" (Solo, Duet, and Sad Versions)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalMohit Lalwani, Aishwarya Anand 
3."Tum Bina Main Kuch Nahi"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalMohit Lalwani, Gul Saxena 
4."Kya Ho Raha" (Solo, Duet, and Sad Versions)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAishwarya Anand, Mohit Lalwani 
5."O Kanha O Krishna"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAishwarya Anand 
6."Bina Krishn Ke Radha Kahan"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAishwarya Anand, Mohit Lalwani 
7."Prem Milan"Neetu Pandey KrantiJitesh PanchalKrishn Beura 
8."Param Premmay Radhika" (Golok Maharaas Version)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalMohit Mishra, Gul Saxena 
9."Punarchandra Ujjwal Nisha" (Vrindavan Maharaas Version)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalMohit Mishra, Gul Saxena 
10."Kanha Ki Dhun Pe Aaj" (Purnima Maharaas, Gopeshwar Mahadev Maharaas Version))Vikas ChauhanSurya Raj KamalMohit Mishra, Gul Saxena, Jitesh Panchal, Sushant Pawar, Chetan Sharma, Jolly Dasgupta (Chorus) 
11."Rang Prem Ka Chadhe" (Gopadevi Raas Version)Vikas ChauhanSurya Raj KamalMohit Mishra, Gul Saxena 
12."Jahan Jahan Radhe Wahan" (Holi Maharaas Version)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAbdul Shaikh, Aishwarya Anand, Gul Saxena 
13."Kanha Ke Adharan Dhari Bansuri" (Holi Version)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAbdul Shaikh 
14."Bansuri Krishn Ki Baajegi" (Vivaah Maharaas Version)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj Kamal, TraditionalAbdul Shaikh 
15."Radha Ke Sang Chhedkhani Kare"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAbdul Shaikh 
16."Bholi Bhali Radhe Ko"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalVarious Artists 
17."Phoolon Wali Holi Mein" (Phoolon Ki Holi Version)Neeti Pandey KrantiJitesh PanchalJitesh Panchal, Sushant Pawar, Chetan Sharma, Jolly Dasgupta (Chorus) 
18."Paane Ko Hi Prem Kare"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalPuran Shiva 
19."Radha Theme"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalRandeep Bhaskar 
20."Shringar Chandra – Panchnaad Panchroop"Vinod SharmaSurya Raj KamalGul Saxena 
21."Koi Kahe Kanha"Neetu Pandey KrantiJitesh PanchalJitesh Panchal, Sushant Pawar, Chetan Sharma, Jolly Dasgupta (Chorus) 
22."Sab Utsav Aaj"Neetu Pandey KrantiLenin NandiRinku Giri 
23."Saathi Aao Re"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalVarious Artists 
24."Radha-Krishna Arti"Dr. Kannan, TraditionalJitesh PanchalJitesh Panchal, Sushant Pawar, Chetan Sharma, Jolly Dasgupta (Chorus) 
25."O Maiya Mori"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalSwaty Nandi 
26."Aaya Govinda" (Janmashtami Maharaas Version)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAbdul Shaikh, Jolly Dasgupta 
27."Bholi Bhali Radha Ko"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAbdul Shaikh, Aishwarya Anand 
28."Treta Ho Ya Dwapar Ho"Neetu Pandey KrantiSurya Raj KamalMohit Mishra 
29."Dwarkapati Se" (Krishna Sudama Milan Song)Shekhar AstitwaJitesh PanchalMohit Mishra, Rohit Shastri 
30."Shyam Mein Hai Radha"Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalPuran Shiva 
31."Hori Re Rasiya" (Holi Maharaas – Dwarka Antim Holi)Shekhar AstitwaSurya Raj KamalAbdul Sheikh, Supriya Joshi 
32."Bol Kaise Kanhaiya Rijhaye Radhe" (Mela Maharaas - RadhaKrishn 2.0 First Maharaas)Ravi ChopraBharat KamalMohit Lalwani, Prateeksha Srivastava 

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The series is one of the most expensive series on Indian Television as 150 crore is said to have been spent by Swastik Productions. Shooting takes place in Umbergaon, a suburb in Gujarat, India. The series is mainly shot in front of a green/blue screen. Shibhapriya Sen is the set and costume designer who was inspired from their descriptions in scriptures, as well as different paintings. Surya Raj Kamal is the music director of the show who composed various themes. There are approximately 500 members of the crew.[10][11][12][13][14]

CastingEdit

In 2017, Chahat Pandey was first cast as the lead Radha opposite Sumedh Mudgalkar while Madirakshi Mundle and Siddharth Arora as Goloka RadhaKrishna. They also starred in the show's first teaser, however, were replaced by Mallika Singh, Shivya Pathania and Himanshu Soni due to creative differences.[15][16]

ReceptionEdit

Even though RadhaKrishn did not prove to be as successful as Mahabharat but it did become popular. The series opened up with 6.427 million impressions and was the sixth most watched urban television in its debut week in India, ranking in a TRP of 2.9. In the first week of December 2018, it was at fifth position with 6.6 million impressions. It started to get low ratings when Star Bharat shifted to a pay channel. It had an average 0.5 TRP in 2020 and 2021. [17]

PrequelEdit

In June, it was announced that a prequel show will be launched, highlighting the early days of Lord Krishna. It has been titled as Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki. It premiered on 19 October 2021 and ended on 4 July 2022.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "RadhaKrishn actors Sumedh Mudgalkar, Mallika Singh and crew of 180 people stranded at shoot location amid lockdown". Hindustan Times. 22 April 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  3. ^ "श्रीकृष्ण जन्माष्टमी पर रिलीज हुआ धारावाहिक 'राधाकृष्ण' का ये प्रोमो, क्या आपने देखा?– News18 हिंदी". News18 India. 2 September 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Himanshu Soni: Going to parties cannot get me a role". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Arpit Ranka to play Kansa in Siddharth Kumar Tewary's 'Radha Krishna'". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Radha Krishna serial cast: जानें, कौन से ऐक्टर्स निभा रहे हैं 'राधा-कृष्ण' में रोल". Navbharat Times (in Hindi). 27 December 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Exclusive - Sumedh Mudgalkar on RadhaKrishn going off-air: Since the last 10-12 days fans have been visiting us, requesting to not shut down the show". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  8. ^ जय कन्हैया लाल की | नया शो, retrieved 24 September 2021
  9. ^ "राधाकृष्ण के 14 मधुर गीत". Retrieved 5 September 2019 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "RadhaKrishn Actors, Crew of 180 People Stuck at Shoot Location Due to Coronavirus Lockdown". News18. 22 April 2020.
  11. ^ "MAKING OF RADHA KRISHN | MUSIC DIRECTOR | 01 MIN 30 SECS" – via www.youtube.com.
  12. ^ "MAKING OF RADHAKRISHN | SET DESIGNER | 01 MIN 30 SECS" – via www.youtube.com.
  13. ^ "Indian Telly Awards 2019". Times of India. 2019.
  14. ^ "Radhakrishn makes an entry in Top 5; Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai loses its spot - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  15. ^ "सावधान इंडिया के बाद राधा-कृष्ण सीरियल में भी नजर आएंगी चाहत पांडे". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). 19 February 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  16. ^ "Damoh ki Chahat Pandey // Radhe Krishna Serial // Film // Sachin Rathore Film Trailer". YouTube (YouTube). 14 August 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  17. ^ "Naagin 3 dethroned from top spot by this popular family drama". India Today.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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