RadhaKrishn is an Indian Hindi-language mythological television drama series that 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 5 years, it went off air on 21 January 2023.[7] The series is a dramatisized version 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 and also became the longest ran mythological series. It is also the longest running drama series on Star Bharat to date.

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
Narrated bySaurabh Raj Jain
Opening themeRadhaKrishn – song
Ending themeKrishnvani by Krishna (Sumedh Mudgalkar)
  • Surya Raj Kamal
  • Jitesh Panchal
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes1145
Executive producerSiddharth Kumar Tewary
  • Siddharth Kumar Tewary
  • Gayatri Gill Tewary
EditorParesh Shah
Camera setupmulti-camera
Running time22 - 23 minutes
Production companySwastik Productions
Budget₹150 crores
Original release
NetworkStar Bharat
Release1 October 2018 (2018-10-01) –
21 January 2023 (2023-01-21)

A prequel of RadhaKrishn, titled Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki, was telecast from 19 October 2021 to 4 July 2022.[8]

Plot edit

Chapter 1 : Radha-Krishna's teenage edit

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

Krishna is destined to kill his evil maternal uncle, Kansa. 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 removes all humanly weaknesses like bhaya (fear), moha (greed), krodha (anger), ghrina (hatred), irshya (envy), ahankara (pride) and heenbhavna (lack of self-confidence) out of Radha. In the process, she becomes closer to Krishna but is forced to marry Ayan. Later she realises that this marriage is merely an illusion as she can't marry anyone except Krishna because she is the incarnation of Lakshmi and Krishna is none other than Vishnu, Lakshmi's consort. 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.

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 : Mahabharata edit

The Pandavas have escaped the lac-palace incident which was organised by their evil cousins – the Kauravas, headed by 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 Dushasana. Later, the Pandavas and Draupadi are exiled for 13 years. Upon their return starts the Kurukshetra War, where Arjuna receives from Krishna, the knowledge of Bhagavad Gita. Shikhandi (who got a boon from Lord Shiva to kill Bhishma 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 the Yadava clan will be similarly destroyed. On the other hand, Krishna turns Ayan into a better person.

Chapter 3 : Punarmilan edit

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, who is 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, he hates Radha. Later, Samba, Aniruddha, and Balaram's sons Nishath and Ulmuk are sent to Gurukula 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, Lakshmanaa, Duryodhana and Bhanumati's daughter. As Samba had previously joined hands with Banasura, he is cursed with leprosy by Krishna.

When Samba steals the Siamantak mani, Dwarka is plunged into darkness. With Samba praying to the moon, and Radha praying to the sun. This leads to Samba being cursed by Ganesha. Later, Radha helps him recover.

Because of Samba's evil ploy, Radha loses her memory. Krishna shows her their childhood memories and she eventually remembers him.

When Krishna ends up disrupting Bali's yagya, he is forced to declare his end. Radha, disturbed by this, get the boon of dying before Krishna from Saraswati.

Samba tricks Yamuna into awakening Shani. However, even his Vakra Drishti has a positive effect on Radha and Krishna.

Radha and Krishna then play Dwarka's Last holi.

Shankhchuda (rebirth of Sridama) enters the story and has a loving wife, Tulasi, who is his strength but he only uses her. With the help of Tulasi and her devotion to 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). Radha enables Banke Bihari. He helps Tulasi realise the truth.

However, Tulasi realizes her mistake after she remembers her past. She decides to take her curse back and transforms herself into a Tulasi 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). Krishna kills Dantavakra

Consequently, Hanuman visits Dwarka and witnesses Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita in Krishna, Balarama, and Radha respectively. He gets to know that Krishna and Radha were Rama and Sita in their previous birth and they in turn, are none other than Vishnu and Lakshmi.

When Alakshmi arrives at Dwarka to claim Krishna, she is defeated by the Mahalakshmi element in Radha.

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; to this his other queens object, claiming that they are equally eligible for sitting with him. Narada advised performing Tulabhara (balancing) in order to find the perfect consort for Krishna. On the weighing scale, Krishna is in one balance and the other queens have to put their jewellery to win Krishna. Rukmini arrives and places a pair of bangles gifted by Krishna and a tulasi leaf, and wins him upon balancing the scale. However everyone realizes Radha is the perfect ardhangini to Krishna, the yagya is called off.

Bal Ganesh is brought back, according to Parvati's wish. He steals the Sudarshan chakra. Later he writes the Mahabharata in partnership with Vyasa. Ganesh returns the Chakra and also defeats Mohasur.

After Krishna's 100th Janmashtami (birthday), the time finally comes, when Sridama's curse comes to an end and Radha remembers everything about Goloka and her true identity as a goddess and the consort of Krishna. However, after Krishna refuses to go to Goloka immediately, Radha ends their relationship of love on Earth. But she reinstates it on Radhashtami, after some convincing.

Radha dreams about Jara killing Krishna. All her efforts to keep them away from each other fail. Krishna ends up teaching Jara archery. Jara then fades out of the story.

Radha kills Kaptasur, Shalva's accomplice, and Krishna's lookalike, after she realizes his evilness. Afterward, Vidhurath, brother of Dantavakra, tries to kill Radha but gets executed by Krishna's Sudarshana Chakra.

Later, Samba insults Rishi Durvasa in disguise, only to get cursed to be the cause of the Yadava tribe's destruction. Nishath is manipulated by Shukracharya, and Musal is created with all of Samba's hate. Samba takes a turn for the better. Shalva kills Pradyumna. He is killed by Krishna. Pradyumna is resurrected. Romharshan is killed by Balaram.

Radha and Krishna visit Vrindavan. Nrigasur is liberated and Balaram kills Dwividh.

Hans is a demon who marries off youngsters against their wish. When Radha protests, he lusts for her and agrees to stop it if she marries him. Radha agrees. However she puts the condition that he must weigh her in gold. Hans fails to do so. When he abducts Radha, Krishna breaks Mahadev's boon and kills Hans. To settle the fight, Krishna narrates the story of Bhasmasur. Mahadev accepts his fault.

Vishnu has returned to Vaikuntha, however, there is still unrest on Earth. Narada asks some sages who should be worthy of accepting a sacrificial offering. Many say it should be Brahma or Vishnu or Shiva. Narada asks Bhrigu to visit the three gods. Bhrigu visits Brahma, but he is engrossed by the music played by his wife Saraswati. Bhrigu grows impatient and curses him to never be worshipped on Earth. Bhrigu visits Shiva, only to find him spending time with Parvati. Bhrigu curses Shiva to be worshipped as a lingam by all on Earth. Bhrigu visits Vishnu but is dismayed to see Lakshmi massaging his feet, actually out of love for her husband. Bhrigu stamps the sleeping Vishnu on his chest. Vishnu then massages Bhrigu's foot and shuts his third arrogant eye. Bhrigu realises his mistake and asks for repentance while asking him to accept the offering. Mahalakshmi curses the entire Brahman community to become wealthless. Vishnu agrees and sees a crying Lakshmi. Lakshmi condemns Vishnu, saying that Bhrigu stamped on his chest, Lakshmi's second abode (vakshasthala), thereby indirectly insulting Lakshmi too. She leaves Vaikuntha and is reborn as Bhargavi, the daughter of Bhrigu. He knows her divine truth, and confines her to the house so that she will never meet her Narayan as he is scared that vishnu will come and take Bhargavi away.

Narayan arrives as Srinivas. He poses as a dance teacher to the local princess, Padmavathi. He also starts teaching Bhargavi dance. Srinivas and Bhargavi fall in love. He promises her that they will marry with her father's consent.Padmavathi also falls in love with Srinivas and she is blissfully unaware of Srinivas's love for Bhargavi. Bhrigu intends to marry off Bhargavi to Vasu, Padmavathi's evil brother.

In a turn of events, Srinivas takes away Padmavathi from her swayamvar, after which Srinivas reveals his love to Padmavathi. However, Padmavathi is adamant, and Srinivas is forced to marry her, against his wish. This leads to Bhargavi leaving Venkatgiri forever. She goes all the way to Karvipur. She faces many challenges there. As Srinivas cannot meet Bhargavi directly, he and Govindraj (his brother) disguise themselves as Venkatesh and his wife Bharya. They make Bhargavi realise her love for both Srinivas as well as Venkatesh. When Kohlasur attacks them, Bhargavi becomes Devi Ambabai and kills him. After this, Shrinivas reveals his swaroop and the Tirumala temple is established, with Padmavathi becoming Alamelu Manga.

Radha-Krishna and Lakshmi-Narayan come out of the dream. They then face Shadripu.

Vyasa presents the Mahabharata, but it lacks Prem-bhakti rasa. So, Vyasa starts working on Srimad Bhagavatam. Meanwhile, to help Rishi Garg compose Garg Samhita, Radha, Krishna and Balram go back in time and relive their childhood. When they come back to the present, Radha returns to Golok, the Yadav fratricidal war starts. Everyone dies in the war. Balaram takes jal samadhi, Dwarka is drowned and Jara fulfills his destiny of killing Krishna. Radha and Krishna reunite in Golok. The show ends with a maharaas.

Cast and characters edit

Main edit

Recurring edit

Soundtrack edit

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.[10]

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 ChoprasBharat KamalMohit Lalwani, Prateeksha Srivastava 
33."Tum hi tum ho mujh mein he Radhe" (Milan song - RadhaKrishn 2.0)Ravi ChopraBharat KamalMohit Lalwani, Aishwarya Anand 

Production edit

Development edit

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 took place in Umbergaon, a suburb in Gujarat, India. The series was mainly shot in front of a green/blue screen. Shibhapriya Swas is the set and costume designer who was inspired from their descriptions in scriptures, as well as different paintings. Surya Raj Kamwas is the music director of the show who composed various themes. There were approximately 500 members of the crew.[11][12][13][14][15]

Casting edit

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.[16][17]

Reception edit

In the first week of December 2018, it was at fifth position with 6.6 million impressions.[18]

Prequel edit

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.

References edit

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