Bharat Ek Khoj (TV Series 1988– )

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Bharat Ek Khoj (TV Series 1988– )

The 5000-year history of India from its beginnings to independence in 1947.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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Creators
Creator Shyam Benegal
Creator Jawaharlal Nehru
Creator Iqtidar Alam Khan
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Release Date1988-11-13
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CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Jawaharlal Nehru 53 episodes, 1988

Bharat Ek Khoj

Bharat Ek Khoj is a 53-episode Indian historical drama based on the book The Discovery of India (1946) by Jawaharlal Nehru that covers a 5,000-year history of India from its beginnings to independence from the British in 1947. The drama was directed, written and produced by Shyam Benegal with cinematographer V. K. Murthy in 1988 for state-owned Doordarshan. Shama Zaidi co-wrote the script. Its cast included Om Puri, Roshan Seth, Tom Alter and Sadashiv Amrapurkar. Jawaharlal Nehru was portrayed by Roshan Seth, the same role he portrayed in the Oscar-winning film Gandhi.

Production designer Nitish Roy with assistants Samir Chanda and Nitin Desai built 144 sets.


Cast and episode list

EpisodeTitleCastRoleNotes
1Bharat Mata Ki JaiRoshan SethJawaharlal Nehru
2The Beginnings (Indus Valley Civilization)Harish Patel, Lalit Mohan Tiwari, Pallavi JoshiDraha, Shulgi, AtriA street play based on the Epic of Gilgamesh is also depicted in the episode.
3The Arrival of the Vedic People (the Rigveda)Anang Desai, K K Raina, Ravi JhankalSardar, Suteja, Bajbandha
4Caste Formation (Caste system in India)Anang Desai, Salim Ghouse, K K Raina, Lalit Mohan Tiwari, Inayatullah Kantroo, Anuradha Tarafdar, Ila ArunChandraprabha, Rama, Narada, Arjuna, Dhanpal,Dhanvati, SheelvatiStory of Shambuka from Ramayana and Ekalavya from Mahabharata were also part of this episode.
5,6Mahabharata Part 1Teejan Bai, Salim Ghouse, Om Puri, Sujata Mehta, Pankaj Berry, Ila Arun, Salim GhouseKrishna, Duryodhana, Draupadi, Shakuni, Aswatthama, Gandhari
Mahabharata Part 2
7,8Ramayana Part 1Om Puri, Pallavi Joshi, Salim Ghouse , Pankaj Berry, Ravi JhankalSita, Rama, Bharata , Lakshmana
Ramayana Part 2
9Republics and KingdomsVirendra Saxena, K K RainaMahaanaman, Virudhaka
10Negation and Acceptance of LifeDhruv Ghanekar, Aanjjan Srivastav, Om Puri, Ashutosh GowarikerNachiketa, Yamaraja, Angulimaal, Gautam Buddha
11Chanakya and Chandragupta Part 1Satyadev Dubey, Ravi Jhankal, Mita VashishtChanakya, Chanragupta, Suhasini
12Chanakya and Chandragupta Part 2Satyadev Dubey, Ravi Jhankal, Aanjjan SrivastavChanakya, Chanragupta, Dhana Nanda
13Ashoka Part 1Om Puri, K.K.Raina, Ila ArunAshoka, Radhagupta, Asandhimitra
14Ashoka Part 2Om Puri, K.K.Raina, Ila Arun, Lucky Ali (credited as Maqsoom Ali)Ashoka, Radhagupta, Asandhimitra, Prince Tissa
15The Sangam Period: Silapaddikaram Part 1Pallavi Joshi, Rakesh DharKannaki, Kovalan
16The Sangam Period: Silapaddikaram Part 2Pallavi Joshi, Rakesh Dhar, Sulabha Deshpande, Virendra SaxenaKannaki, Kovalan, Kavundi, Pandit
17The Classical AgeAnjan Srivastav, Harish Patel, Aparjita KrishnaSansthanaka, Nai, Vasantsena
18Kalidas and Shakuntala Part 1Ravi Jhankal, Pallavi Joshi, Virendra SaxenaKalidas, Mallika, MatulExcerpts from plays Ashadh Ka Ek Din by Mohan Rakesh and Shakuntala (play) by Kalidasa were used in this episode.
19Kālidāsa and Shakuntala Part 2Ravi Jhankal, Pallavi Joshi, Virendra SaxenaKalidas, Mallika, Matul
20HarshavardhanaPankaj Berry, K Makhija, AparajitaHarshavardhana, Prabhakar Vardhana, Queen
21BhaktiVijay Kashyap, Rajesh Vivek, Mita Vashisht, Harish PatelMahendravarman I, Kapalin, Devasoma, Buddhist Monk
22The Chola Empire Part 1Om Puri, Devendre Malhotra, Sunila Pradhan, Shantanu ChapariaRaja Raja Chola, Ishanashiva, Mahadevi, Tirumala
23The Chola Empire Part 2Om Puri, Devendre Malhotra, Sunila Pradhan, Shantanu ChapariaRaja Raja Chola, Ishanashiva, Mahadevi, Tirumala
24The Delhi Sultanate Part 1:The Arrival of Turk-Afghans and Prithviraj RasoK.K. Raina, Vijay Kashyap, Ravi Jhankal, Ahmed Khan,Irrfan Khan, Achyut Potdar, Vijay KashyapMuhammad Ghori, Chand Bardai, Prithviraj Chauhan, Mahmud Ghazni, Ferdowsi, Al-Biruni
25The Delhi Sultanate Part 2: Prithviraj Raso and Alauddin KhiljiK.K. Raina, Vijay Kashyap, Ravi Jhankal, Achyut Potdar, Om Puri, Rajendra Gupta, Seema KelkarMuhammad Ghori, Chand Bardai, Makwana, Alauddin Khilji, Ratan Singh, Padmavati
26The Delhi Sultanate Part 3: Padmavat and Tughlaq dynastyOm Puri, Rajendra Gupta, Seema Kelkar,Alauddin Khalji, Ratan Singh, Padmavati
27SynthesisPankaj BerryLorik
28The Vijayanagar EmpireOm Puri, Salim Ghouse, Aanjjan Srivastav, Fr. TassoKrishna Deva Raya, Aliya Rama Raya, Appaji, Domingo Paes
29FeudalismSalim Ghouse, Ila Arun, Pallavi Joshi, Siraj Khan, Ajay KumarAliya Rama Raya, Heggaditi, Mallige, Saguna, Achyuta Deva Raya
30The Fall of the Vijayanagar EmpireSalim Ghouse, Anang Desai, Pankaj Berry, Ahmed Khan, Arjun RainaAliya Rama Raya, Effendi Aslam Bain, Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah Wali, Hussain Nizam Shah I, Ali Adil Shah I
31Rana Sanga, Ibrahim Lodi and BaburRavi Jhankal, Anang Desai, Lalit Mohan TiwariRana Sanga, Ibrahim Lodi, Babur
32, 33Akbar Part 1 (Din-e Ilahi)Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Ila Arun, Aparajita Bhushan, Puneet Issar, Surendra Pal, Harish Patel, Irrfan Khan, Rajesh Vivek, Pankaj Berry, Vijay AroraAkbar, Jahangir, Jodhabai, Maharana Pratap
Akbar Part 2
34Golden HindSudhir Kulkarni, Vijay Arora, Ajit VachhaniJahangir
35 ,36Aurangzeb Part 1Om Puri, Sudhir Dalvi, Surendra PalAurangzeb, Dara Shikoh, Murad Bakhsh, Shah Shuja, Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan
Aurangzeb Part 2
37 ,38Shivaji Part 1Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Anang Desai, Achyut Potdar, Ahmed KhanShivaji, Jijabai, Dadoji Kondadev, Chandrarao More, Afzal Khan, Aurangzeb,
Shivaji Part 2
39Company Bahadur (East India Company)Amrish Puri, Rajendra, Jalal Agha, Tom Alter, Vishal Singh, John HolyerRobert Clive, Najimuddin Ali Khan, Shuja-ud-Daula, Shah Alam II, Diwani Rights
40Tipu SultanSalim Ghouse, Vijay Kashyap, Ravi Jhankal, Shreechand Makhija, Tom Alter, John HolyerTipu Sultan, Purnaiah, Mir Sadiq, Mahadji Scindia, Nana Phadnavis
41The Bengal Renaissance and Raja Ram Mohan RoyAnang Desai, Urmila Bhatt, Ravi Jhankal, Tom Alter, John HolyerRaja Ram Mohan Roy, Lord William Bentinck,Bann on Sati (practice)
42, 431857 Part 1Om Puri, Ravi Jhankal, Piyush Mishra, Mohan Gokhale, Anang Desai, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aanjjan Srivastav, Pankaj Berry, Virendra Razdan, Tom Alter, John Holyer, Bob ChristoBahadur Shah Zafar, Nanasaheb Peshwa, Wajid Ali Shah, Begum Hazrat Mahal, Tantia Tope, Rani Lakshmibai, Azimullah Khan, Bakht Khan, Mangal Pandey, Lord Dalhousie
1857 Part 2
44Indigo RevoltVirendra Saxena, Tom Alter, Vijay KashyapMadhav
45Mahatma PhuleSadashiv Amrapurkar, Mohan Gokhale, Shubhangi Gokhale, Achyut PotdarMahatma Phule
46Sir Syed Ahmed KhanMohan Maharishi, Irrfan Khan
47VivekanandaAlok NathSwami Vivekananda
48Extremists and ModeratesSudhir Kulkarni, Mohan Gokhale, Tom Alter, Achyut Potdar,Kishor KadamGopal Krishna Gokhale, Bal Gangadhar Tilak
49And Gandhi Came Part 1Om Puri, Ila Arun, Shabana Azmi, Pallavi Joshi, Akhilendra Mishra
50And Gandhi Came Part 2
51SeparatismS M Zaheer, K K Raina, Harish Patel, Irrfan Khan
52Do or DiePankaj Berry, Om Puri, Lucky Ali
53Epilogue

Broadcast

The 53 episodes series was launched in November 1988 which coincide with the birth centenary of Nehru. The series was re-telecast on DD Bharati from 27 May 2013 on the occasion of 49th death anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru.