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Michael J. Fox,
The scene is India in the middle of the 19th century. Deep in the impenetrable forests of the Dark Jungle, the palace of the Maharajah of Rangnagar is raided by robbers who want to steal his legendary treasure. A battle takes place in which almost all the family and all the servants and soldiers lose their lives. There are only four survivors: Prince Tremal Naik, the Maharajah's little son, Gita, his nurse, Sonali, her little daughter and the bold warrior Kammamuri. Kammamuri takes it upon himself to look after the child. He takes him to live in a fisherman's hut by the river and brings him up to become a peace-loving young man who makes the mysterious world of the jungle his home. He even has Darma, a tiger, as his friend. For a long time Tremal Naik, unaware of the terrible fate his family has suffered, believes Kammamuri to be his father. At the same time, in Aurangpore, Ada, the little fair-haired daughter of the British Colonel Corishant, is kidnapped, disappearing without trace....
This is actually a rather interesting miniseries. I saw it when i was 8-10 years old and re-watched it many times. what keeps you hooked is really the atmosphere, the details, the lovable characters and the subplots.
In the beginning, a palace of an Indian rajah is attacked. A young boy, the prince, is saved by his father's warrior, along with his nanny and her daughter. They have to flee as the rajah and his wife are dead and the palace devastated. The warrior decides it is best to leave that life behind, so he becomes a fisherman and pretends to be the boy's father.
Some years later, a British colonel arrives to India with his two daughters. As they visit the city,they see a parade and the new rajah(who is also an evil magician), ride an elephant. He will greet them. But later, the colonel's younger and most beloved daughter will disappear. Most of the events take place years later, when the characters grow up, the Indian prince meets the English girl...
From there, many developments follow, and it is interesting to observe both real drama(colonel's anger and grief, the family conflict, another character's alcoholism) and the more mysterious events, trapped between magic, illusion and imagination(the evil's magician hypnoses, the cult of Khali, the eclipse, etc.)This series is not to miss, especially for children, because you really get to care about the characters. And despite some scary and sad (an important character dies) moments, it all ends well.
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