Name of ace director Shyam Benegal is associated with many good works. Be it Television or Cinema, he have given some masterpieces which made him almost immortal. We have talked (and will continue talking) about the fantastic TV Serial he directed – Bharat Ek Khoj (which is based on the well known book named – Discovery Of India – by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru – the first prime minister of India).
Shyam Benegal directed a mini series named – Samvidhaan: The Making of the Constitution of India. Exploring the journey of Making of the Constitution of India (as the title of the TV Serial suggests) this TV Show was spread in 10 parts/epidoes and was premiered on Rajya Sabha TV on 2nd March 2014. Episodes of Samvidhaan was scheduled to air on Sunday morning and it is now available on Rajya Sabha TV’s official YouTube channel.
Samvidhaan: The Making of the Constitution of India
|Created by||:||Rajya Sabha TV|
Gurdeep Singh Sappal
Shyam Benegal and Sahyadri Films for Rajya Sabha TV
|Writer||:||Shama Zaidi, Atul Tiwari,|
|Narrated by||:||Shwara Bhaskar|
|Number Of Episodes||:||10|
|Starring||:||Sachin Khedekar (Dr. B. R. Ambedkar), Dalip Tahilramani (Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru), Utkarsh Majumdar (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel), Tom Alter (Maulana Abul Kalam Azad), Neeraj Kabi (Mahatma Gandhi), Ila Arun (Hansa Mehta), Amit Behl (C. Rajagopalachari), K. K. Raina (Dr. K. M. Munshi), Rajendra Gupta (Dr. Rajendra Prasad), Aanjjan Srivastav (Pandit Balkrishna Sharma), Mohit Chauhan (Brajeshwar Prasad), Suzanne Bernert (a journalist), Narendra Jha (Muhammed Ali Jinnah), Divya Dutta (Purnima Banerjee), Rajeshwari Sachdev (Rajkumari Amrit Kaur), Rajit Kapur (Alladi Krishnaswamy Iyer), Harish Patel (M. A. Ayyangar), Imran Hasnee (Nawab of Bhopal Hamidullah Khan), Kenneth Desai (Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee), Atul Tiwari (Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant), Deepika Amin (Renuka Ray), Shiv Kumar Subramaniam (N. Gopalaswami Ayyangar), Rahul Singh (Acharya J. B. Kripalani), Paresh Ganatra (K. T. Shah), Kanupriya Shankar Pandit (Sucheta Kriplani), Akash Khurana (Rohini Kumar Chaudhury), Ravi Jhankal (Seth Govind Das), Salim Ghouse (V. I. Munswamy Pillay), Saurabh Dubey (Mahavir Tyagi), Vijay Kashyap (B. Pocker Sahib Bahadur), Himani Shivpuri (Begum Aizaz Rasul), Lalit Mohan Tiwari (Shibban Lal Saxena), Natarajan Balkrishna (K. Hanumanthaiah), Denzil Smith (the Auctioneer), Anil Rastogi (Calcutta MP N. Ahmed), and others…|
The TV serial was segmented in the following episodes:
- The First Step: Cabinet Mission To Objectives Resolution
- Independence: A Divided Legacy
- Independent India: Righting Fundamental Wrongs with Fundamental Rights
- People’s Rights, Principles of Governance and Duties
- Strengthening The Weak: Minority, Women and Backward Rights
- Whose Land Is It?: Land Reforms And Acquisition
- Link Language: Hindi Or Hindustani?
- Federalism: Linking The States And The Centre
- Three Pillars: Executive, Legislature, Judiciary
- From Preamble to the Final Draft and beyond
Here is the “Making of Samvidhaan” Video:
We are excited to share our views and reviews for each episode of this fantastic TV Serial. While it is available for free to watch everyone on YouTube; we feel that it should be available as a set of DVD also. It will give all Indian citizens a chance to keep the account of these historical incidents in their safe. Definitely it will be no less than a prized possession for all countrymen.
It is worth the note that it is not possible to look into the minds of the legendary people associated with making of the constitution of India. And we haven’t witnessed these incidents (actually no one have watched everything, apart from the ones who were associated with it) in real. So it should be considered as a fictional representation of incidents associated with historical event and real people.
The videos are of really good quality. And there is a lot of research involved. While we will share with you episode wise reviews for this TV Show, we would like to share one thing we found that could have been better in this TV Series. It is about the narrator. Without any personal dislike with Swara Bhaskar, we must say that her narration is not as expected. It is below the quality. Neither her voice nor her presentation is effective. You will see the difference when you compare it with the narration of Om Puri in Bharat Ek Khoj TV Serial, made by Shyam Benegal for Doordarshan.
We are looking forward to share episode wise reviews with you. Let us know your views and reviews for this TV Serial. We would love to hear you.
This DVD,” SAMVIDHAN :, The making of the Indian constitution is available for sale only from the Rajya Sabha Library and that too ONLY IN CASH. for Rs 1000. They will not ship it outside Delhi nor will they accept Card payment. What an irony in this day and age of Digital payment.
The tel no of Rajya Sabha library counter for sale of this DVD is 011-23034648. I wish some retailer like Amazon or Flipkart can make it available on their online platform. This DVD gives a wonderful insight into the history of the Indian constitution and should be made widely available for sale online in India and all over the world.