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Mahabharat | Hindi TV Serial On DVD | Views And Reviews

It is said that there is nothing in the world which doesn’t exist in the epic Mahabharat. It is of course the biggest epic/poetry ever written. Consists so many additional tales, it focuses mainly on the incidents happened in the Kuru clan of Bharat aka BharatVarsh aka India.

The original name of the epic was Jaya (pronounciation: Jay) or JayaSamhita. It was later got popular with the name Mahabharat or Mahabharata. Its influence in various cultures can be seen clearly. Possibly because it explores all the situations and emotions we may ever encounter with. And that is why we can relate to it very easily. Writers and film makers often take references from the tale to move ahead their story.

The epic is rewritten in so many languages so many times and even explored as various TV Serials, Plays, Movies,… and more. Here are some quick links for the same.

The list could grow more and more…

If we talk about Hindi TV serials made on this Epic, the Mahabharat made by B. R. Chopra and directed by Ravi Chopra remain on the top. The thoughtful dialogs by Dr. Rahi Masoom Raza and fantastic acting of most of the cast, the eye-catching wardrobe by Maganlal Dresswala, the convincing narration by Harish Bhimani, the pace of the tale and direction are amongst the most positive attributes of the TV Serial. There was a time when the TV serial was aired on DoorDarshan (the National Television network in India) in 1988 and 1989, the roads were seemed literally like there is a curfew.

The TV serial was made with technical limitations and comparatively tight budget, then most of the attempts made then after to re-create the charisma of this TV serial; but the positive attributes mentioned above overcome the rest of the stuff.

TV Serial :
Mahabharat
Producer : B. R. Chopra
Writer/Dialogs : Dr. Rahi Masum Raza
Director : Ravi Chopra
Starring : Harish Bhimani (Samay (voice)), Rajesh Vivek (Maharishi Veda Vyasa), Nitish Bharadwaj (Lord Krishna), Shampa Gopikrishan (child Krishna), Kewal Shah (adolescent Krishna), Gajendra Chouhan (Yudhishthira), Sonu (young Yudhishthira), Arjun (Real name: Firoz Khan) (Arjuna), Ankur Javeri (young Arjuna), Roopa Ganguly (Draupadi), Praveen Kumar (Bhima), Sameer Chitre (Nakula), Sanjeev Chitre (Sahadeva), Razak Khan (Ghatotkacha), Paintal (Shikhandi), Arun Bakshi (Dhrishtadyumna), Mayur (Abhimanyu), Mukesh Khanna (Bhishma), Pankaj Dheer (Karna), Harendra Paintal (young Karna), Puneet Issar (Duryodhana), Vinod Kapoor (Dushasana), Kaushal Shah (young Dushasana), Gufi Paintal (Shakuni), Surendra Pal (Dronacharya), Dharmesh Tiwari (Kripacharya), Pradeep Rawat (Ashwatthama), Babbu (young Ashwatthama), Ashok Banthia (Kritavarma), Kapil Kumar (Shalya), Deep Dhillon (Jayadratha), Raj Babbar (Bharata), Ashalata (Shakuntala), Kiran Juneja (Ganga), Rishabh Shukla (Shantanu), Debashree Roy (Satyavati), Sudesh Berry (Vichitraveerya,), Vishnu Sharma (Vasudeva), Sheela Sharma (Devaki), Kshama Raj (Rohini), Ramlal Gupta (Ugrasena), Goga Kapoor (Kans), Rasik Dave (Nanda), Manju Vyas (Yashoda), Sagar Salunke (Balarama), Ajay Sinha (Akroora), Devidas (Kans’s Minister), Girija Shankar (Dhritrashtra), Renuka Israni (Gandhari), Virendra Razdan (Vidura), Tarakesh (Pandu), Nazneen (Kunti), Roma Manik (Madri), Kamlesh Maan (Sulabha), Channa Ruparel (Rukmini), Vikas Prasad (Ekalavya), Vinod Raut (Purochana), Om Katare (Adhiratha Sushen), Saroj Sharma (Radha), Varsha Usgaonkar (Uttaraa), Sameer Rajda (Uttar), Chandni Sharma (Sudeshna), Lalit Tiwari (Sanjay), Dara Singh (Hanuman), Sumeet Raghavan (Young Sudama), Chetan Hansraj (Young Balarama), Parijat (Radha), Ram Mohan (Head Priest), Rafique Mukkadam (Minister), Shivendra Mahal (Parashurama and Lord Shiva), Randhir Singh (Hidimb), Rana Jung Bahadur (Jarasandha), Karunakar Pathak (Shishupala), Sharat Saxena (Kichaka), Gopi Krishna (Chitrasena), Ayub Khan (Parikshit Abhimanyu’s son), and others…
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The TV serial is available as a set of 19 DVD (and VCD version have 47 VCDs). Below given is the list of episode and the major incidents covered in the same. As soon as we post separate review for each episode we will keep adding link to the same.

Episode List:

Introduction of Kuru Family, Raja Bharat and Raja Shantanu
Ganga kills her sons
Bhishma is grown-up
Bhisma Pratigya/Iccha Mrityu Vardaan
Amba, Ambika and Ambalika’s Introduction
Birth of Pandu, Dhritarashtra and Vidur
Karna’s birth-story, Dhritarashtra and Gandhari get married and Pandu and Kunti get married
Madri is gifted to Pandu, Pandu is resting and Sage Kindama’s curse on Pandu
Dhritarashtra is king his sanyas and Kansa is king and Akashwani about Krishna
Birth of Balarama and Five Pandavas
Krishna Janma
Pootna’s death
Krishna brahmand darshan and Krishna gets caught while stealing makhan
Maiya Mori Mai nahi makhan khayo and Kaliya Nag Tandav
Radha and Gopikas, protest against Mathura, Devakasur and Trulambasur Vadh
Kansa invites Krishna to Mathura
Kansa vadh
Pandu’s death
Satyavati, Ambika, Ambalika take sanyas with Rishi Vyas
Duryodhan poisons Bhim and Bhim gets strength of 1000 elephants
Sudama’s chivda and Dron arrives to Hastinapur
Shastra Pooja, Drona insults Karna and Arjun’s Test
Ekalavya, Karna’s Education, Arjun’s test of Bird’s eye
All grown up, prince is to be nominated and everyone exhibit their skills in Rangbhoomi, Karna challenges Arjun and Duryodhan gives Anga desh to Karna
Drona’s guru dakshina to capture Dhrupad
Krishna gets Sudarshan chakra from Parshuram, defeats Jarasandh and orders building Dwarika
Yudhishthir is crowned as prince. Rukmini is being forced to marry Shishupal
Krishna kidnaps Rukmini
Lakshagraha is built in Varnavar by Purochan
Tunneling in Varnavat begins
Escape from Lakshagraha
Hidimb Vadh and Bhima’s marriage.
Bakasur Vadh
Dristadyumna & Draupadi Birth and Draupadi Swayamvar
Arjun wins Draupadi and later she became the wives of 5 Pandavas
Pandav leave from Panchal to Hastinapur
Pandavas arrives at Hastinapur and kingdom is divided
Pandav get Khandavprastha
Coronation of Yudhirsthir, Khandavprastha becomes Indraprastha
Arjun runs away with Subhadra
Arjun weds Subhadra. Arjun gets Devdatta conch and Gandiv and Bhim gets his Gada
Jarasandh Vadh, Rajsuya Yagnya begins, Shishupals Story
Rajsuya Yagya, Shishupal Vadh
Vyas predicts war, Draupadi laughs at Duryodhan
Pandavas go to Hastinapur to Gamble
Yudhirshthir loses everything
Vastraharan of Draupadi
Pandavas Get Back Everything
Re-match of Dyut
Vanvas Begins
Gandharvas Catch Duryodhan
Arjun worships Lord Indra and Lord Shiva for Divyastra and gets Pashupatastra
Krishna’s story of one grain of rice, Bhim meets Ghatotkach and Hanuman, Arjun learns dance from Chitrasen
Arjun gets curse of impotency from Urvashi, Abhimanyus as a kid, Jayadraths head is shaved
Story of poisoned water and Yaksha, Abhimanyu is grown-up
Agyatvas in Matsya desh
Karna’s curse, Draupadi as Maid Sairandhri rejects Keechak
Keechak Vadh by Bheema
Kaurav attack Matsya desh
Viraat yudh and clothes for Uttaras dolls
Abhimanyu’s marriage and Pandavs decide to send a doot to Hastinapur
Dhritarashtra does not agree and sends Sanjay
Duryodhan gets Narayani Sena from Krishna
Krishna goes to hastinapur as shanti doot
Krishna tooks Virat Avtar and Indra takes Karna’s kawach kundala
Karna’s Identity is disclosed
Vidur resigns as a prime minister, Kunti meets Karna
Sanjay gets divya drishti, Ulluk goes to Pandavs
Shalya becomes Karna’s Sarathi
Shikhandi’s Story
Arjun worships Goddess Durga, rules of war laid
Kurukshetra war begins and Arjun drops his weapons, Geeta saar begins
Geeta Saar continues
Geeta Saar continues and Krishna shows his Maha-Avtaar
Yudhishthir gets blessings, Yuyutsu changes side and war begins, Abhimanyu faces Bhishma
Uttar dies, Arjun faces Bhishma and day 2 begins
Arjun is unstoppable, 3rd is over, 4th day begins, Bhim is surrounded, 10 Kauravs are killed, Krishna takes out his sudarshan
9th day is over and 16 kauravs are dead, Bhisma tells Arjun how to take him out of the war
Bhishma lies on the Bed of Arrows, Karna meets Bhisma
Day 11, Dron tries to capture Yudhishthir but is unsuccessful, Shantanu comes to Bhishma
Chakra Vyuh planned, Duryodhan promises Susharma
Abhimanyu Vadh
Arjun vows to kill Jayadrath and Story about Jayadraths Curse
Arjun breaks Kamal Vyuh to get to Jayadrath
Jayadrath Vadh
Ghatotkach dies
Drona dies
Dushyasan dies and Karna fights with Arjun, Krishna puts the rath in the land so that Arjun is saved
Karna’s curse, Karna Dies
Shakuni dies, Yudhishthir curses all woman kind and Duryodhan becomes iron bodied
Balaram arrives, Bhim-Duryodhan Gada Yudh
Duryodhan Dies, Ashwathama, Krip and Kritvarma remain, Parikshit’s story
Dhritarashtra tries to kill Bhim
Yudhisthir becomes King of Hastinapur, Bhishma dies
The kingdom under Yudhishtir and Time leap; Parikshit as the new king
Pandavas renounce the worldly pleasures and The death of the Pandavas and Draupadi.

We are excited to review this fantastic TV Serial, episode by episode and we hope that you are also feeling the same. The overall product comes in a nice packing. Though you find the video quality a little dull than HD videos we are seeing these days. But it is really nice. The digitize sound and picture are definitely good.

Overall, the product is worth to have for sure.

Do you like the TV Serial? Have you watched it on DVDs? (We watched it many times on DVDs, and every time we watch we got something new to learn). It is definitely way better than some meaningless stuff available on TV and media. Do share your thoughts and comments about the TV Serial via comments below. And yes, subscribe to our RSS feeds so every time a review to an episode is posted, you can find it easily. If you like this article and/or this TV serial, do not forget to share it with your friends via various social networks like Facebook, Twitter and others. See you again with another personal review soon 🙂

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