|Author||Devaki Nandan Khatri|
|Publisher||Lehri Book Depot, Varanasi, India|
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- Chandrakanta, Devaki Nandan Khatri’s extraordinary novel, first published in 1888, is set in the courtly world of princes and princesses, magnificent palaces and gardens. The beautiful Princess Chandrakanta is imprisoned in an ancient tilisma, and waits to be rescued. Her lover, the valiant Prince Birendra Singh, battles jealous rivals.
Chandrakanta is an epic fantasyHindi novel by Devaki Nandan Khatri. Published in 1888, it was the first modern Hindi novel. It gained a cult following, and contributed to the popularity of the Hindi language. The copyright on the novel expired in 1964 and it is now in public domain, along with other titles by the author.
It inspired Nirja Guleri's mega-budget TV serial of the same name (though the screenplay had many differences from the novel) which became one of the biggest-ever blockbusters in the history of Indian television.
The story is a romantic fantasy about two lovers who belong to rival kingdoms: the princess Chandrakanta of Vijaygarh, and the prince Virendra Singh of Naugarh. Krur Singh, a member of the Vijaygarh king's court dreams of marrying Chandrakanta and taking over the throne. When Krur Singh fails in his endeavor, he flees the kingdom and befriends Shivdutt, the powerful neighboring king of Chunargarh ( referring to the fort in Chunar that inspired Khatri to write the novel). Krur Singh coaxes Shivdutt to ensnare Chandrakanta at any cost. Shivdutt captures Chandrakanta and while running away from Shivdutt, Chandrakanta finds herself a prisoner in a tilism. After that Kunvar Virendra Singh breaks the tilism and fights with Shivdutt with the help of aiyyars.
The Story slowly unfolds into Chandrakanta being kidnapped and getting rescued by Chapla. However, they get trapped into a Tilism by a quirk of fate. Prince Virender Singh starts breaking the Tilism to free Chandrakanta. The Story unfolds around the efforts of Virender Singh for breaking Tilism and King Shivdutt trying to stop him to do the deed himself.
Chandrakanta, the novel, has many sequels, prominent being a 7-book series (Chandrakanta santati) dealing with the adventures of Chandrakanta and Virendra Singh's children in another major tilism.
Chandrakanta Santati and Bhootnath are one of the finest fantasy books ever written in India.
|Part 1||23 Bayaans|
|Part 2||27 Bayaans|
|Part 3||20 Bayaans|
|Part 3||23 Bayaans|
- Maharaja Surendra Singh (King of Naugarh)
- Maharaja Jai Singh (King of VijayGarh )
- Virendra Singh
- Chandrakanta (also disguised as Van Kanya)
- RatnaGarbha (Chandrakanta's mother)
- Tez Singh (aiyyar of Naugarh, son of Jeet Singh)
- Devi Singh
- Diwan Jeet Singh (Diwan of Naugarh, also a grand aiyyar) (also disguised as Baba SiddhNath)
- Senapati Fateh Singh (Chieftain of Vijaygarh)
- Champa & Chapla (aiyyar friends of Chandrakanta)
- Diwan Kupat Singh (father of Kroor Singh)
- Kroor Singh
- Nazim & Ahmed (aiyyars of Kroor Singh)
- Hardayal Singh (Diwan of VijayGarh after death of Kupat Singh)
- Ketaki (a handmaid of Chandrakanta)
- Maharaja Shiv Dutt Singh (King of Chunargarh)
- Maharani Kalawati (Queen of Chunargarh)
- Pandit Badrinath (grand aiyyar of Shiv Dutt) (also disguised as Aafat Khan)
- Pandit Jagannath Jyotishi ( a ramal-astrologer , also an aiyyar of Shiv Dutt who mid-way joins Virendra Singh )
- Chunnilal, Pannalal, Ramnarayan, Ghasita Singh, Bhagwan Dutt (aiyyars of Shiv Dutt )
- Zalim Khan (a dacoit, distant relative of Nazim)
Tilism and Aiyyars
Chandrakanta is notable for introducing the concepts of 'Aiyyar' and 'Tilism' to Hindi literature.
According to Devaki nandan Khatri, An Aiyyar (male) or Aiyyara (female) is a secret agent spy fighter. He or she is expert in many arts like:
- Fighting skills
- Fine arts
Disguise is must (Aiyyar/a may change him/herself into person of same or even of opposite sex but of resembling body built, by makeup).
Fighting skills are also must, for self-defence. An Aiyyar/a always overpowers any small group of ordinary soldiers.
He/she may need to spy for taking out some secrets or for finding some missing persons.
Knowledge of science and fine arts is also necessary, as it may come handy many times.
Medical knowledge, and specially that of Anaesthesia is needed for him/her.
Chemical knowledge is also needed
In a nutshell an Aiyyar is a Jack of all trades. But contrary to common belief, Khatrian Aiyyar/a are unfamiliar with magic and spells. He/she may join into any king's or landlord's service or may remain free.
The items must for an Aiyyar/a:Kamand (a long very strong cord used to climb over building secretly, or for tying opposite Aiyyar/a or captured person/s)Batua or purse (used to keep necessary medicines, makeup items, money and dry fruits)Lakhlakha must also be in the 'Batua' (lakhlakha is a kind of smelling salt used to revive any unconscious person)Khanjar or dagger (for safety and for attack)Langot or short smart pants are usually worn by male Aiyyars when in easy mood
Ethics of Aiyyars:
Never kill or torture any other Aiyyar/a (but can arrest him/her)
Never cheat your master
Never attack too many Aiyyars over a single person
The novel depicts a number of friendly and unfriendly Aiyyar.
Aiyyars on the side of Virendrasingh include:
- Tej Singh
- Jeet Singh (Tej Singh's father)
- Devi Singh;
Aiyyars on the side of Chandrakanta:
Aiyyars on the side of Krur singh:
Aiyyars on the side of Shivdutt (all except last two later joined the Virendra Singh's side):
- Pandit Badrinath
- Pandit Jagannath
- Ghasita Singh
- Bhagwan Dutt
Chandrakanta was made into a television serial in the mid-1990s by its creator, writer, producer and director Nirja Guleri and this mega-budget serial went on to become one of the blockbusters on Indian television. The serial also introduced many new characters.
A new serial named Kahani Chandrakanta Ki was started in 2011 on Sahara One TV Channel, Based on his next novel in Chandrakanta series named Chandrakanta Santati (story about Chandrakanta's sons) by the director Sunil Agnihotri, with same degree of deviations from the original Devki Nandan Khatri novel. The story of Chandrakanta Santati was much different from the story shown by new TV serial Kahani Chandrakanta Ki. Subsequently, it failed to attract viewership and finally was cancelled.
Indian filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra tried producing a film adaptation of the book, which was to be directed by Ram Madhvani. The film was to have been titled Taalismaan and included Amitabh Bachchan among the cast, playing an Aiyyar. Abhishek Bachchan was to be seen in this screen adaption of the tale of Chandrakanta. The film was never made.
In 2017, two more TV adaptations were planned. Humsafar serial. The one on the channel Life Ok and titled Prem Ya Paheli – Chandrakanta again tries to retell the story. Unfortunately,the ending was not shown because the channel changed from Life Ok to Star Bharat.
Colors TV also started a TV show with the name Chandrakanta. Its story is totally different from the original novel. It was produced by Ekta Kapoor.
Chandrakanta was followed by Chandrakanta Santati (in 6 Volumes). The sequel chronicles the adventures of sons of Chandrakanta.
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- Chandrakanta at the Digital Library of India
Chandrakanta TV Serial on Life OK (Cast Details)
If you ask any kid or teenager about one television serial that kept them captivated for months at an end, the chances are high that you will get to hear the name “Chandrakanta” more than often. This serial had everything in it – romance, action, magic, betrayal and finally the triumph of good over the evil. Though the serial was pulled off the air due to some legal issues, the characters have lived on in the memories of the people.
Chandrakanta: Captivating the audience
All novel lovers are well aware of the name of the famous dramatist Devaki Nandan Khatri. One of his favorite creations is the novel named Chandrakanta. The serial with the same name was produced and directed by Nirja Guleri. The drama was adapted from the novel and tried to give the audiences something new and fresh. With the elaborate sets, costumes, and incredible usage of special effects helped in capturing the attention of the audiences since the very first teaser was telecast on DD National channel. The serial had an amazing run from 1994 till 1996. It used to be telecasted every Sunday, around 11 a.m. During this period, there was hardly any home where the serial was not watched.
During the latter part of 1996, the producers were forced to pull the series off the channel as they were caught in a bitter lawsuit with the family members of the late dramatist. A petition was filed by the grandson of the writer, Kamlapati Khatri. According to him, the producers failed to stay true to the plot or the portrayal of the characters. He also added that the concept of the magical maze of tilism and spying was clouded with base witchcraft. The producers said that this was a cheap trick to amass profit percentage from them. Efforts were made to settle the matter both outside and inside the court but all in vain. Thus, DD National canceled the show. This came as a huge blow to the lovers of Chandrakanta. Though an attempt was made a few years back to revive the drama, it fell flat on its face. Apparently, the teens of the 90s are all grown up to accept the old concepts.
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A new Chandrakanta for present audience
Like OK has taken an effort to captivate the contemporary audience with the same story. They are aware of the fact that the old concepts will not work and so they have made necessary changes, both in the plot and the character portrayals. Now we have to wait and see what the reaction of the audience is. It must be said that the first teasers seem very promising.
The name of the new costume drama has been decided to be ‘Prem Ya Paheli Chandrakanta.’ The launch date has been fixed to be 4 March 2017. Life OK is trying to cash in on the craze that this drama once had. The drama can be categorized in the fantasy genre. The drama has been given the prime time slot of 9 p.m, and it will be telecast on all four Saturdays and Sundays of the month.
The drama is being produced under the Tenn-Speed TV India banner. The responsibility of producing the mammoth task has been rested on the shoulders of Darien Amos. As the production is elaborate, it will be difficult for one director to tackle the huge challenge. Zolani Phakade, Shaft Maropane, Sisanda Henna and Mathew Jankes have been given the task of directing the amazing production. As the drama is loosely based on the original novel and many changes have been made, the story has been penned down by Steven Pilemer, Phathu Makwarela, Alex Yazbek, and many more. Like the original drama, this one to is made in Hindi to cater to people from all over the nation. The drama will strike the chords of your nostalgia.
Plot of the drama
The plot of the drama ‘Prem Ya Paheli Chandrakanta’ is based on the love that brewed between Princess Chandrakanta and the love of her life, Prince Virendra. While the two lovers want to spend their lives together, their respective kingdoms are at war with each other. Amidst these perilous conditions, the two young lovers embark on an amazing journey to give shape to their dreams. The drama has all the ingredients for making a successful production. All that needs to be done is presenting the product in a way that will be acceptable to all sections of the society.
Amidst the romance, you will also get to enjoy the pains of the lovers, when they are separated from each other. In the middle of her adventure, Chandrakanta gets trapped in a magical maze and cannot find her way out. It is up to the handsome and courageous prince to save her. Apart from the challenges of the magical maze, there are the spying ayyars of Krur Singh, the threat of Shivdut and his longing eyes on possessing the beautiful princess, which pose a threat to the swashbuckling prince. In order to rescue Chandrakanta, the prince will have to enter the magical maze and break the spell.
How will he manage to do this? Will the lovers ever be united? Will they be able to stop the raging war? To get to the bottom of this, the audiences will have to wait and follow all the episodes of ‘Prem Ya Paheli Chandrakanta.’
Cast of the drama series
The new drama will have the following members of the Mumbai television industry, playing the important characters.
When Kritika Kamra was asked about her role in the mega budget drama, she said that when she was just a school going girl, watching Chandrakanta was a big deal for her. To her, the Sundays seemed incomplete if she happened to miss the show for any reason. Back then there was no way of saving the episode or repeat telecasts. So, once you missed the show, it was gone forever. She also added that she had never acted in any costume drama and this opportunity would give her room to develop her skills and to grow as well.
To sum up
If you were lucky enough to catch the original Chandrakanta on the television, then you will see that the plot has been changed to some extent. New characters have been added, and some of the less important old characters have been removed from the plot. You will have to wait for some time to announce the verdict of ‘Prem Ya Paheli Chandrakanta.’
|Title||Prem Ya Paheli Chandrakanta|
|Banner||Tenn Speed TV India|
|Story Writer||Devki Nandan Khatri|
|Dialogue Written By||Steven Pilemer|
|Telecast Date||4th March, 2017|
|Aired On||Life Ok Every|
|Frequency||Saturday and Sunday (2 Episode in a week )|
|Telecast Time||9 PM|
|Episode Length||1 hour|
|Telecast Season No.||1|
|Cast Details (Life OK)|
|Real Name||Character Name|
|Gaurav Khanna||Virendra Singh|
|Chandan Anand||Krur Singh|
|Ankit Arora||Shiv Dutt|
Chandrakanta Doordarshan TV Serial
For those who were born in the 80s, the Doordarshan was the only source of entertainment that they could have. And speaking of entertainment, who can forget the epic TV serial that were telecasted. Among those TV shows, Chandrakanta was one of the most viewed one. This was a real grand opus that children in those times used to love on the Sunday mornings. Being children, we used to have a discussion about the play a lot, its characters, imagining them and copying them while playing and suddenly the series went completely off from TV. And the worst part was that no one even knew what the reason of this sudden stop was. While some are of the opinion that it came back on cable TV, but the storyline got completely twisted.
|Pankaj Dheer||King Shivdutt|
|Rajendra Gupta||Pandit jagannath|
|Durga Jasraj||Rani kalawati|
|Javed Khan||Tej Khan|
|Shahbaaz Khan||Vijendra Singh|
The story of Chandrakanta
Speaking of the book or the show, this was one of the early works on Hindi Literature. This is actually a love story of a prince and princesses of such kingdoms that were not friendly to each other. Well, this storyline might seem to be too shallow for the present generation but this was a really new concept during that period of time. The famous character of this TV show Kroor Singh just keeps belittling to the King of Vijaygarh regarding Navgarh and its prince and his real intention is to marry Princess Chandrakanta. But this is not happening because Prince Vijendra Singh and his friend Aiyyar Tej Singh are failing all the planning of kroor Singh. And thus, Kroor Singh runs to a third kingdom that is ruled by Shiv Dutt. He makes Shiv Dutt his partner and kidnaps Chandrakanta who is kept on Tilism by the Aiyyars. Now the plot revolves around the smartness of Aiyyars of Navgarh and Vijaygarh against the Aiyyars of Shiv Dutt.
This is what makes it interesting
What makes the TV serial so interesting is the characters o Aiyyars. They were the people of the secret service within a kingdom. Well you can call it the CIA types of the present day government. These Aiyyars had immense knowledge about medicines, places, herbs ad were extremely skilled fighters. The best part of the show was portraying the Aiyyars as they were able to change their faces to act in disguise. The best spies and extremely loyal to kingdoms. While Chandrakanta is kept in Tilism, these places were the buildings that were built by skilled people for hiding treasures and could be broken by applying a lot of brains. How to get back Chandrakanta while the Aiyyars outsmart each other was the real question that we as children used to look forward to.
From the critic’s perspective
The story and screenplay was truly glorious when it was brought on small screen. But since a lot of people have read the book, they are of the opinion that the story was modified to a considerable extent. The Chandrakanta TV serial was inspired by the book but the original story and screenplay was modified a lot. While in the TV serial it was showed one person could get transformed into another person like magic, but this was not the case for Aiyyars. And according to critics, the transformation could have been shown in a bit more logical manner. Still, the serial was really nice to watch and it was successful in holding its charm, especially in the 5th segment.
What do the actor’s feel?
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According to the opinion of the actors, the TV serial was an awesome journey, the characters, the magic, the twists and turns and finally the plot were just mesmerizing. The best part of Chandrakanta TV serial is that this is nothing like some superhero fantasy. It is only about how cleverly and how ethically, the Aiyyars are able to bring Chandrakanta back, win wars and end the animosity without even firing a single shot. We bet this is going to offer you a feel of “lord of the rings”. And in between such fight of intelligence, there lies a sweet and romantic love story that involves the dashing Prince Vijendra, who is madly in love with the extremely beautiful princess Chandrakanta of Vijaygarh. How the lovers overcome their obstacles in their path and meet up with each other till eternity was the thing that kept the show alive and running among the minds of the audiences.
|SL NO||Things to Know|
|1.||Book written by||Devaki nandan khatri|
|2.||Directed By||Nirja Guleri and Sunil Agnihotri|
|3.||Creative director||Sunil verma|
|4.||Opening theme by||Sonu Nigam|
|6.||No. of seasons||2|
|7.||No of episodes||130|
|10.||Cinematography||Nadeem Khan and Manoj Soni|
|11.||Camera Set up||Multi camera|
|12.||Original network||DD National|
|13.||Sybdicated by||Sony TV|
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