Saturday, February 5, 2011

CHANDRAKANTA RETURNS TO SMALL SCREEN





‘Chandrakanta ki kahani ye maana hai purani
Yeh purani hokar bhi lagti hai suhani’

Yes, that is why magical mega oeuvre fantasy costume drama ‘CHANDRAKANTA’ had created history. The biggest grosser for Doordarshan, Sunil Agnihotri directed Chandrakanta had carved another level of success for this genre of storytelling on television. From children to adults, 9 AM Sunday was reserved for this adventure and an overload of magical twists & turns. "I am taking the story ahead with generation leap. Children of Chandrakanta will be shown but the magical aura will remain."

Sunil Agnihotri - Director of Chandrakanta

Now Sunil Agnihotri, in his fantasy drama ‘KAHANI CHANDRAKANTA KI,’ inspired by Babu Devki Nandan Khatri’s CHANDRAKANTA SANTITI, is once again bringing back to life those super successful characters of princess Chandrakanta, Kroor Singh, Pundit Jagannath, Badrinath etc under the banner of Sunil Agnihotri Production. In this series too Chandrakanta is played by Shikha Swaroop. Vindu Dara Singh is playing the character of Abhimanyu while Pundit Jagannath is portrayed by Rajendra Gupta. Puneet Issar will be seen in the character of Shiv Dutt, Mamik as Badrinath, Kruttika Desai will be Naintara, Rupa Ganguly as Roopmati, Raja Chaudhary will be seen as Tej Singh, Nishigangha Wad plays Kalavati, Santosh Shukla as Virendra Singh, Sonia Rakkar as Padmini, Vinod Kapoor as Chandi and Shailendra Singh plays Kroor Singh. Many more artistes will join this biggest fantasy of 2011. Music is by Aslam Surty, Lyrics are of Saahil, dialogues are by Sanjeev Soni, cinematographer is Ashwini Mishra (Om) and Art work is by Ranga Rao Chougule.

Comments the director producer Sunil Agnihotri, “Chandrakanta, in itself, is a huge product. No other serial could match its popularity or success. In any case costume Dramas- whether Historical, Mythological or Fantasies- have always been close to my heart. Their canvas is BIG and creating an aura around a different time zone is so very interesting. After a long break, once again we are bringing the similar thrill, shape shifting aiyyars & magic of tilism back at a higher level with more and better special effects through my favourite subject.” Shooting of ‘KAHANI CHANDRAKANTA KI,’ with the generation leap has begun at actual locations and it is scheduled for March 2011 telecast on Sahara One.


Besides Chandrakanta, Sunil is bringing two more serials on Sahara One of different genre within the first half of 2011. Laut Aayi Noori, an action packed Emotional love story, is next to go on floor. It will be shot in Manali for its breathtaking locations and will take the viewers back into another decade. “In any case, I always prefer to shoot at actual outdoor locations instead of trying to create fake sets in Mumbai. Sets can never infuse the exhilarating life shot into the visual like the actual locations. Laut Aayi Noori will transport the viewers to actual Himalyans.”

Director - Producer Sunil Agnihotri had begun his journey on Televisions from serial Chandrakanta which was telecast on DD-1. It took serial making to another level of class and grandeur. Sunil, who is associated with mega serial and success on television, had made history in the afternoons with serial Yug. His Betaal Pachisi gave tough competition to Krishna, where TRP's favoured fantasy more than the Gods. Then his mythological Jai Ganesha on Zee was a treat to watch as far as Mythologies are concerned. His another fantasy serial Chandramukhi reigned at top position on DD1. Like his earlier mega opus Chandrakanta, this was also a complete costume drama. BLACK was on Paranormal activities, Aliens & extra-terrestrial and was made on an international canvas.

PR : Neelam Gupta