There are a few notable religious and famous TV Serials which are good,
some for their presentation, some for their dialogs, some for their
contents. Everything is not found in everything, but there is no harm
in watching them once.
TV Serials On Mahaabhaarat
(1) Videos on Atomic Bombs
These Videos will keep you all Enlightened on Atomic Bomb .......... and Mahaabhaarat Yug
Presented by BR Chopra and Ravi Chopra - 96 episodes
Its 94 weekly episodes ran from Oct 2, 1988 to Jun 24, 1990.
This can be seen
on http://www.mahabharat.tv/ also.
It is available on 16 DVDs.
List of its Cast
Read Ved Vyaas' Mahaabhaarat here.
Its reference is available on IMDB too :
All 94 Episodes shown on Indian Doordarshan TV, 16 DVDs, in Hindi, with
English, French and Spanish subtitles.
New Certified Original Box Edition, Arrow Film Distributors Ltd. 2002, ASIN B00023JH72
Synopsis of all 94 episodes:
Review of the script:
3. Sanjay Khan's Mahabharat-1 - 40 episodes
This Mahaabhaarat is again a TV serial, is in 40 episodes, each episode is
about 45 minutes long, and is ripped in 14 DVDs in 2001.
People's Review - bad acting, bad dialog and worse special effects. The special
effects look of so low quality Cgi that it looks like a Prince of Persia video
game. The war sequences are worse. The sky remains yellow and the background
(with standing soldiers) looks like (and probably is) a oil painting. The
director didn't follow the real Source of the story also. Major characters were
omitted and the story modified at will. The terrible acting/overacting by the
actors made matters worse. Bheeshm's overacting was intolerable. Karn wore a
permanent wooden expression. Duryodhan, Yudhishthir et al were also insufferable.
Krishn carried a flute always for no apparent reason (He used it in his youth only
when he was a cowherd) The ladies do not age here. Gaandhaaree, Kuntee look very
young even when at the time of the war. (They were supposed to be over 100 yrs
The dialog was also bad. Part of it was copied from the BR Chopra version. Except
it was delivered in a worse way (slow and laborious) Also Balaraam calling the fight
between Bheem and Duryodhan - "the last fight of Mahaabhaarat" is funny.
(Balaraam of course didn't know that Ved Vyaas was going to call this story Mahaabhaarat!)
All in all this is a terrible mess. The director should take a course on film
direction ASAP. And the actors should go back to acting school. Also an apology
to all Indians in is order - for insulting the great epic in this manner.
4. Mahabharat Katha, Presented
by BR Chopra - 40 episodes -
These Mahaabhaarat episodes are from the leftover story of Mahaabhaarat. This
serial includes the story of Barabareek and the description of Yudhishthir's
Ashwamedh Yagya. Although Barbareek's story is not given in Vyaas' Mahaabhaarat,
but this story has been built up from
Skand Puraan, Maaheshwar Khand, story of Barbareek. Most artists are the
same as from the old Mahaabhaarat TV serial given above as Item No 2, except
Krishn and Kuntee. Both are missed in this serial by everyone. Krishn's part
is played by Rishabh Shukla who played the part of Shaantanu in the old
presentation. Dialogs are a little childish, dialog delivery is also a little
modern, sets and dresses are also of a little brighter color, both of which
when compared with the previous serial, looks a little apparently odd.
Read the description of some of its episodes
5. Mahaabhaarat by Suresh Krishna
Sun TV is telecasting a new serial on Mahaabhaarat on Sundays at 10 am. The
current serial is produced by Suresh Krishna. Its first episode was telecast
on February 17, 2013. It is not yet on YouTube, that is why its link has not
been given here.
MBH is different from Raamaayan. Its values are somewhat confused. The dividing
line between right and wrong was blurred. It presented existential complexities
in the raw state. Vyaas Jee has raised the question to Brahmaa who convinced him
to undertake the task of presenting the epic to humanity (four generations after
the events according to the serial). Its 1st Episode started with Janamejaya’s
Sarp Yagyaa to wipe out all the species of serpents to avenge the death of his
father Pareekshit who was killed by the King of snakes, Takshak. Aasteek was a
key character in saving the snakes. Because his story has not told in detail.
The result is that Aasteek looked like a maverick hippie. Similarly the story of
the Gangaa was not clearly depicted. Earlier DD telecasts were a runaway success.
6. Peter Brook's Mahaabhaarat
This complete Mahaabhaarat is available on You Tube. Here are the links:
One may also be interested in the following:
Myths of Mankind - the Mahabharata: --
Aalha Mahaabhaarat Draupadee Cheer Haran
Part 1 --
Part 2 --
Part 3 --
Part 4 --
Part 5 --
Part 6 --
Part 7 --
The Women of Mahaabhaarat
Here is the vimeo link of the long English version of The Women of
TV Serials On Raamaayan
Ramayan (1987-1988) - 81 episodes
This TV Serial, by Ramanand Sagar, produced on Doordarshan TV ,
from January 25, 1987 to July 31, 1988, is on famous Raam's Kathaa.
Beautifully produced. A Must see.
Ramayan (2008) - 300 episodes
Ramayan, 2008 Television Series on NDTV Imagine. Produced by Sagar
Arts. The show won the "Most Promising New Show of the Year"
Award. Gurmeet Choudhary, who played the lead role of Lord Raam won
the "Most Promising New Talent of Tomorrow" Award.
You can see all episodes at
Ramayan: Sabke Jeevan Ka Aadhaar (2012) - 31
episodes as Mar 3, 2013
Started on Aug 12, 2012. Shown on Zee TV. Produced by Sagar Arts. It is
simplified and technology backed. Renake of Ramayan (1987-988) directed by
Ramanand Sagar. Dasharath is played by Rishabh Shukla (Shaantanu of Mahabharat
of BR Chopra)
Not shown in USA, sorry, so I cannot give the website for this.
Luv Kush - 5 episodes on Youtube
This TV Serial, the extension of Ramanad Sagar's "Ramayan"
Serial, produced by Ramanad Sagar on Doordarshan TV, in 1989 covers
the last book of Raamaayan "Uttar Kaand". Seetaa, Raam and
Lakshman actors are the same as they were in Ramayan. This is also
beautiful. All episodes are almost 2.30 hours long. OR alternatively
HERE in 76 parts.
Raamaayan Kathaa -
This is Raamaayan Kathaa in by Raaghaveshwa Bharati Mahaswamiji. In
55 episodes of 6-17 minutes each.
Films on Raamaayan
Sampoorna Ramayana -
Hindi Movie. 1961. 2.40 hours long. Mahipal, Anita Guha
Watch the film "Dating of Raam"
Religious TV Serials - General
Full Movie with English subtitles - free viewing at youtube.com. A 2-hour movie.
Devon ke Dev Mahaadev -
Started on December 18, 2011 on "Life OK". About Shiv Jee.
Dwarakadheesh - More
than 200 Episodes
Produced by Sagar. About Krishn. Started on July 4, 2011. Puneet
Issar (Duryodhan of MBH) worked as King Jaraasandh.
Gyaan Guru -
Adhyaatmik Gyaan Charchaa. Started on February 1, 2012.
Krishna - 423 Episodes
TV Serial by Ramanand Sagar. Its
all episodes can be watched here.
Om Namah Shivaya - 42 episodes
This TV serial is about Shiv. Produced by Creative Eye. Its title son
singer is Jasraj, and dance director is Madhav Kishan. Its all episodes
are over 2.30 hours each.
Shiv Mahaapuraan - 50
By Gulshan Kumar. it is with English subtitles. Its
Episode 23 and other
subsequent episodes give the story of Vajraang.
Shree Brahma Vishnu Mahesh - 32 episodes
This TV serial, produced by Ramanand Sagar, gives some stories from
many Puraan related to Brahmaa, Vishnu and Mahesh, including Raamaayan
for Raam and episodes on Krishn's life. Each episode is approximately
1 hour long. Interesting for its contents. I have tried to write these
stories in Stories
From Puraan, serial by serial.
Shree Datta Darshanam -
In English. Story of Kaartveerya Arjun. As told by Shri Ganapathy Sachchidananda,
the modern incarnation of Lord Dattaatreya of Avadhoot Dataa Peetham, Mysore,
Shree Krishna -
This TV Serial by Ramanand Sagar. Sarvdaman Banerjee as Krishn.
Upanishad Ganga - Continues
This is a new TV serial which started in March 2012, every Sunday for 25
minutes on DD TV. Many stories are given here based on Upanishad. Some
are taken from puraan etc also to explain the concepts. It is a beautiful
serial. It has been written by Swaamee Tejomayaanand Ji. Its all episodes'
gist has been given in Upanishad
Vishnu Puran - 447 episodes
Produced by BR Chopra. Based on Vishnu Puraan. Vishnu is played by
Nitish Bharadwaj. You can
watch it here also.
Vishwaamitra - 3 episodes
Produced by Dr Dasari Narayana Rao. Dialogs by Dr Rahi Masoom Raza. It is a
south Indian production. On the life on Vishwaamitra. 3 episodes of 3 hours
of each. Cast Mukesh Khanna as Vishwaamitra, Bhaanupriya as Menakaa,
Shaantipriya as Shakuntalaa.
Virendra Razdan as Maharshi Kanv (Vidur in MBH),
Arun Govil as Harishchandra
(Raam in Raamaayan) and Rasik Dave as Naarad Jee (Nand in MBH). Produced by Dr
Dasari Narayana Rao. Dialogs by Dr Rahi Masoom Raza. It is a South Indian production.
It is all beautiful.
Vishwaamitra TV Serial-2; Vishwaamitra TV Serial-3
Films - General
Shree Krishna Leela (Film)
Basant Pictures. 1971.