B.R. Chopra’s Mahabharat which was first aired in 1988, holds the record of the most viewed television show in the history of Indian television
It had broken the record of Ramananda Sagar’s Ramayana which was also the first religious show on Indian TV (1986).

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It was exactly 25 years ago that B. R. Chopra’s Mahabharat began airing on Doordarshan, and soon after captivated audiences across both in India and worldwide. The streets were emptied, the gaps between generations bridged by this magnificent epic brought to life on the small screen. It’s difficult for me to believe that we’re celebrating the quarter century anniversary of a piece of art which, in spite of focusing on a subject several millennia old, feels fresh and relevant even today. There is a boldness about it, a sense of practicality and modernity, and just the right amount of humor amidst its deep philosophical and political messages to ensure that even when I rewatch an episode for the thousandth time, and that too right after a contemporary series, it never feels outdated but remains evergreen.


The streets were emptied and the gap between generations were bridged by this magnificent epic brought to life on the small screen which itself is more than a millennia old.

Since then, Mahabharat was recreated many times on TV. The latest was released on Star Plus, which is now being aired in Russia also, dubbed in Russian.

The Cast of Mahabharat

Nitish Bhardwaj as Shri Krishna
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The Cast of Mahabharat

Gajendra Chauhan as Yudhishtira
Praveen Kumar as Bhima
Sameer Chitre as Nakul
Sanjeev Chitre as Sahadev
Nazneen as Kunti
Arun Bakshi as Dhrishtadyumn

Mukesh Khanna as Bhishma
Rishabh Shukla as Shatanu
Debashree Roy as Satyavati
Kiran Juneja as Ganga
Girija Shankar as Dhritrashta
Renuka Israni as Gandhari
Surendra Pal as Dronacharya
Dharmesh Tiwari as Kripacharya
Pradeep Rawat as Ashwatthama
Virendra Razdhan as Vidhur
Raj Babbar as Bharata

Gufi Paintal as Shakuni
Vinod Kapoor as Dusshasan
Deep Dhillon as Jayadratha
Sharat Saxena as Kichaka
Goga Kapoor as Kans

Mayur as Abhimanyu
Aloka Mukherjee as Subhadra
Varsha Usgaonkar as Uttara
Sameer Rajda as Uttar
Vishnu Sharma as Vasudev
Sheela Sharma as Devaki
Rasik Dave as Nanda
Manju Vyas as Yashoda
Sagar Salunke as Balarama

Dara Singh as Hanuman (sp app)
Shivendra Mahal as Shiva/Parshuram
Harish Bhimani as ‘Samay’
Rajesh Vivek as Ved Vyas

Produced and Directed by Baldev Raj Chopra and Ravi Chopra
Music by Rajkamal
Title track sung by Mahendra Kapoor
Constumes by Maganlal Dresswala

 

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