Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji

Swarajya Rakshak Sambhaji is an Indian historical drama based on the life of warrior king Sambhaji .The series is directed by Vivek Deshpande and Kartik Rajaram Kendhe and is written by Pratap Gangavane. It is produced by Amol Kolhe, Vilas Sawant and Sonali Ghanashyam Rao under the banner of Jagadamb Creations.[1][2][3]

Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji
Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji Titlecard.jpeg
Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji Titlecard
GenreHistorical Drama
Created byAmol Kolhe
Based onChhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj
Written byPratap Gangavane
Story byKartik Rajaram Kendhe
Directed byVivek Deshpande
Kartik Rajaram Kendhe
StarringSee below
Country of originIndia
Original languageMarathi
No. of episodes772
Production
ProducersAmol Kolhe
Vilas Sawant
Sonali Rao
Camera setupMulti-Camera
Running time22 minutes
Production companyJagadamb Creations
DistributorZee Entertainment Enterprises
Release
Original networkZee Marathi
Picture format
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseSeptember 24, 2017 (2017-09-24) –
February 29, 2020 (2020-02-29)

PlotEdit

Sambhaji, son of Shivaji is a warrior who fights for Swarajya self rule and becomes a Maratha Chhatrapati. Sambhaji loses his mother at the age of two and grows up under the influence of his grandmother Jijabai. His battle for self-rule begins when he meets Mirza Raje and a nine-year-old. After escaping from Agra, he travels from Mathura to Raigad Fort, the Marathi capital, on his own. He is then married to Jivubai; per Maratha custom, she takes the name Yesubai.

Six or seven years later, Sambhaji becomes the prince of Swarajya. He proves himself an excellent general by defeating Kayum Khan's army in his first battle and is widely praised. Foreign powers take note of his intelligence and skills, which include writing four books in Sanskrit. After the birth of Rajaram I, family disputes begin to rise within the empire. Corrupt ministers led by Annaji Datto (who holds a grudge against Sambhaji, who has called him out for his corruption) rekindle Rajmata Soyarabai's ambition to make her son Rajaram, the younger son of Shivaji Maharaj, the next Chatrapati. Sambhaji's life is filled with accusations and insults. While Sambhaji is stationed at Shringarpur as the governor of Prabhanvalli, poet, warrior, and old acquaintance Kavi Kalash becomes his closest friend. Sambhaji handles the responsibility well and raises a new army of recruits in Shringarpur. When Shivaji sets out on his southern conquest, he sends Sambhaji into the Mughal camp of Diler Khan, faking a rebellion by Sambhaji. This keeps the Mughals away from Swarajya for two years, while Shivaji completes his Southern conquest. Soon after, Shivaji dies at Raigad.

After the death of Shivaji, Annaji Datto Sachiv and other key ministers, supported by Rajmata Soyarabai, conspire against Sambhaji to prevent his accession. They crown the 10-year-old Rajaram without informing Sambhaji of his father's demise. However, Hambirrao Mohite (the brother of Soyrabai and uncle of Rajaram), the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army supports Sambhaji. With his help, Sambhaji captures the conspirators and takes the control of Raigad Fort. He spends a few months reforming the administration of Swarajya. He solves the problems of poor people. Sambhaji then crowns himself second Chatrapati of the Maratha Empire. At his coronation, Sambhaji pardons all the conspirators and reinstates their posts in consideration of their contribution to the Swarajya.

Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb is bent on destroying the Swarajya. Sambhaji anticipates a Mughal invasion and deals a severe blow to the Mughal Empire by plundering the rich city of Burhanpur. The audacity and military genius of Sambhaji shocks even Aurangzeb. He decides to invade the Maratha Empire immediately. He is further enraged when one of his rebel sons, Akbar, joins hands with Sambhaji. Aurangzeb, hell bent on finishing the Maratha Kingdom invades the Swarajya with a massive army of 500,000 soldiers. Sambhaji has only 60,000-70,000 men at his disposal. An unequal clash begins. Aurangzeb tries to attack the Swarajya from all directions but a skilled Sambhaji and his generals foil all his attempts through the strategy of 'Ganimi kava' (Guirella Warfare). Aurangzeb joins hands with other enemies of the Maratha Empire such as the Siddis of Janjira, Portuguese of Goa and Chikkadevaraja of Mysore in order to Encircle the small Maratha Kingdom from all directions.

Sambhaji defeats all of these rulers in successive and brilliant campaigns. Sambhaji almost captured the fort of Janjira in his famous Siege of Janjira (1682). Later he defeats the powerful king of Mysore Chikka Devaraja a superb campaign in southern India (Maratha-Mysore War (1682)). Then he proceeds to defeat the Portuguese and almost captured the entire region of Goa in his victorious campaign of Maratha invasion of Goa (1683). Aurangzeb is frustrated, and he uses every possible trick for defeating Sambhaji but he is not able to do so. Aurangzeb's generals attack the fort of Ramsej (Siege of Ramsej) but they are not able to win the fort due to a gallant defence from the Fort's commander. Aurangzeb's generals are defeated everywhere in the Maratha region. Aurangzeb's frustration increases, so he tries to entice some of Sambhaji's relatives to join his side. Some of Sambhaji's relatives join Aurangzeb's forces. Aurangzeb attacks and finishes off Sambhaji's allies, namely the Adilshahi of Bijapur and Qutb Shahi of Golconda. Later, Aurangzeb invades the Maratha territories with renewed vigor. In a crucial battle at Wai, Sambhaji's main general Hambirrao Mohite is killed despite a Maratha Victory. After this Aurangzeb uses treachery to entice greedy maratha sardars to his side. Sambhaji loses some of his support as some sardars desert him to join Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb tries to capture the fort of Panhala through treachery but Sambhaji arrives in time and foils the attempt.

In the midst of this family issues outsiders such as Siddi, Portuguese, British; all of them became kingdom's fierce enemies. Despite that Sambhaji shows his brilliance and attacks Aurangzeb's camp to distract him. Aurangzeb is on the verge of losing the war. Finally the Mughal General Muqarrab Khan captures Sambhaji Raje and Kavi Kalash with the help of Sambhaji's brother in law Ganoji Shirke.The King who is captured by Aurangzeb is taken to Bahadurgad, where Aurangzeb humiliates them by parading them wearing clown's clothes and they were subjected to insults by Mughal soldiers. After that, Aurangzeb ordered Sambhaji Raje and Kavi Kalash to be tortured to death; the process took over a fortnight and included plucking out their eyes and tongue, pulling out their nails and removing their skin. After being brutally tortured, Sambhaji Raje was finally killed on 11 March 1689. Aurangzeb thinks that he has ended the Maratha state once and for all, however he is proved wrong. The Marathas regroup under the leadership of Chhatrapati Rajaram and later by Rani Tarabai. They badly defeat the Mughals and make Aurangzeb's last years his worst years. The Mughals are defeated and the Marathas now start expanding. It wouldn't have been possible without Sambhaji Maharaj.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The lead actor Amol Kolhe who played the role of Sambhaji Raje won the special best actor award in Zee Marathi Awards 2018.[4][5][6]

Special episodeEdit

1 hourEdit

  • 15 April 2018
  • 22 July 2018
  • 9 December 2018
  • 19 May 2019
  • 27 October 2019

2 hoursEdit

  • 24 September 2017 (Starting Episode)
  • 17 December 2017 (Elder Sambhaji)

ReceptionEdit

The series premiered on 24 September 2017 from Monday to Saturday at 9 pm by replacing Kahe Diya Pardes.[7][8]

RatingsEdit

Week Year BARC Viewership Ref.
TRP Rank
Week 49 2017 2.2 5 [9]
15 April 2018 1 Hour Special 3.7 3 [10]
Week 19 2018 1.8 5 [11]
Week 35 2018 3.4 5 [12]
Week 38 2018 3.2 5 [13]
Week 40 2018 4.6 4 [14]
Week 41 2018 5.1 2 [15]
Week 42 2018 4.0 4 [16]
Week 43 2018 5.6 3 [17]
Week 44 2018 3.9 5 [18]
Week 45 2018 3.5 4 [19]
Week 46 2018 4.0 5 [20]
Week 47 2018 4.1 4 [21]
Week 48 2018 4.5 4 [22]
Week 49 2018 4.1 4 [23]
Week 50 2018 4.0 4 [24]
Week 51 2018 4.9 4 [25]
Week 52 2018 5.0 2 [26]
Week 1 2019 4.9 4 [27]
Week 2 2019 4.8 4 [28]
Week 3 2019 5.6 4 [29]
Week 4 2019 4.8 3 [30]
Week 5 2019 4.8 3 [31]
Week 14 2019 2.9 5 [32]
Week 16 2019 2.7 5 [33]
Week 17 2019 2.7 5 [34]
Week 21 2019 3.7 3 [35]
Week 23 2019 4.6 2 [36]
Week 25 2019 3.3 3 [37]
Week 26 2019 4.7 4 [38]
Week 27 2019 4.1 3 [39]
Week 28 2019 4.1 3 [40]
Week 29 2019 4.1 4 [41]
Week 30 2019 4.3 4 [42]
Week 31 2019 5.4 3 [43]
Week 32 2019 4.9 3 [44]
Week 34 2019 5.4 3 [45]
Week 35 2019 5.6 3 [46]
Week 36 2019 4.7 3 [47]
Week 37 2019 4.8 3 [48]
Week 38 2019 5.5 3 [49]
Week 39 2019 5.4 3 [50]
Week 48 2019 4.2 1 [51]
Week 50 2019 3.8 4 [52]
Week 52 2019 3.0 5 [53]
Week 53 2019 3.6 5 [54]
Week 1 2020 2.9 5 [55]
Week 2 2020 3.5 2 [55]
Week 3 2020 4.3 1 [56]
Week 4 2020 2.9 4 [57]
Week 5 2020 3.2 4 [58]
Week 6 2020 3.2 4 [59]
Week 7 2020 3.9 2 [55]
Week 8 2020 3.9 3 [60]
Week 9 2020 5.2 1 [61]
Week 14 2020 1.2 5 [55]
Week 15 2020 1.0 4 [55]
Week 18 2020 0.7 3 [55]
Week 19 2020 0.8 3 [55]
Week 20 2020 1.0 1 [55]

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