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India is a country of a billion people and I am surprised only 1 person
before me has felt compelled to write about this work of sheer genius.
If I was in India, I would seek out all the makers of this tremendous effort and personally thank them for letting me know that there was one man in India such as Chanakya. He was the first true patriot that India produced - a patriot who unified India even as he was making seminal contributions to the fields of Political Science and Economics in the earliest stages of development of these sciences. No other professor has ever held a political sway over any country leading both to its creation and a stable government - in the history of civilization.
But that is not all. The script is truly awesome. The characters of Chanakya and the others have been portrayed with remarkable depth and consistency to make them truly believable and they arouse the viewer's empathy. 48 hours of viewing is not for today's world of fleeting attention spans - but for those who are willing to put in the effort and time, the satisfaction is tremendous. It is not entertainment material like pop corn accompaniment - to be shrugged off and confined to the dustbin of memory - after a couple of hours of viewing. For the history buff, it tantalizes you enough to want to devote 4-5 hours every day for 2 whole unrelenting weeks, without hesitation. I have already done that twice over a span of 4 years. I am sure I would want to watch the entire series again after my college going boys can muster the patience and interest to do likewise to understand their Indian heritage.
My only complaint is that the names of the actors and the roles they play are curiously difficult to find. I am still trying. The web search engines provided no answers and the DVD's I have do not make the job of finding these easy either. Even the janitors who helped the filming crew seem to get more prominent billing than the cast. After all the 90+ hours of viewing, I still can't figure out the name of the genius who plays Chanakya - who figures in almost 50% of all the frames!
Chanakya (written/directed, and played by Dr.Chandraprakash Dwivedi) is
a class of its own. Though the tele-serial did not do well when
telecast on Doordarshan (the Indian national television), the amount of
research that went into producing the serial, the historical accuracy,
and the care taken in costume every aspect of production is remarkable.
The background music is played only by instrument that were prevalent in 3rd century BC. You will also notice that the Indian horsemen will ride without saddles (which was not introduced to India before Alexander's visit to Takshasila.) The swords and shields used was also a replica of those from the Mauryan times. The most commendable aspect being the setting itself. Dr.Chandraprakash Dwivedi spent over 1 crore (10 million) rupees back in those days, for reconstructing a replica village/city of the Mauryan times. Though the city is not 100% a replica of 3rd Century Pataliputra or Takshasila, it is remarkably planned and structured as per the definitions given in Chanakya's book - the Arthashastra.
Chanakya Kautilya has been my role model since I was 7 years old. This is a man who's very thoughts will send shivers down your spine, and his insights will help you in every aspect of life - be it business, politics, or domestic affairs.
I own the eight part DVD of "Chanakya" tele-serial and have seen it over and over in the past three years. Once I play the first episode, I know for sure that I am incapable of watching anything else till we finish the entire set.
This serial is recommended for history buffs, students of politics, and common folks like me who love Chanakya.
Chanakya describes the exploits of a clever and farsighted Brahmin to unify all of India under one ruler and his gentle persuasion of Minister of current largest kingdom i.e. Magda named "mudrarakshas".Second half of series is loosely based on this ancient Sanskrit text which details all political moves of Chanakya to win loyalty of people of Magda without much bloodshed. This ie really strange that Indian records don't mention invasion of Alexander and all information we have is from Greek sources.Similarly Chanakya the first patriot of India who succeeded and whose vision is relevant even today is not a person who is accorded his due honor and attention in history. Especially good in series are costumes and sets of those times.But physique of soldiers is somewhat less than required.e.g. Army of Porus and other republics roughly correspond to present day Pathans and Punjabis but all extras in movie are north Indian people .This was the only eye sore and in innumerable dance sequences in courts dancers were not that beautiful as they should have been or would have been.Some people may laugh at my objections but Dr Dwivedi while paying attention to small details like what a particular official was called in NW India and in eastern India in those days has not paid attention to these small things. A must watch for all history students and also political science students and in today's troubled times for all Indians.
It is not a fiction or a drama but depicts the establishment of the Maurya
dynasty in India. One man, who had faced very tough circumstances not only
in his childhood but also in his life made history by uniting the
independent states sharing the same culture and background into one
India and threw the kings out who did not deserve to rule. His patriotism
for his motherland was beyond any appreciation. It inspires one to
that culture and always uphold the needs of the country over your own
and desires. I have watched it twice, but even when I watched it the
time, it didn't inspire me less than it did the first time.
It teaches many good things and the best thing I like is the theme that if
you are following the truth and have faith in your beliefs, no matter how
many obstacles or hurdles you face, don't give up and you will win one
I would give it a 9/10 (just because at some places it has been prolonged unnecessarily, dances etc. were not that needed).
Dr Dwidevi made his first acting/direction TV venture with "Chanakya". It
came out in times when several other historical and mythological series
popular. It is interesting how "Chanakya" captured the attention and minds
of people in between such glamorous shows.
"Chanakya" is a result of a lot of detailed work on life of people during the rule of the Mauryan Dynasty. The sets, costumes, language & pronunciations and cinematography separate it from other costume dramas. The characters are not cardboard cut-outs. They are well-rounded and have depth. Chanakya is one of the shrewdest characters in history. He has been played so well that he virtually comes out of the screen.
On the whole, "Chanakya" reminds us that 'kutil' and shrewd minister of the Mauryas is not merely history. He created history.
Chanakya is a 47-part Indian television historical drama written and
directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi and is based on events occurring
between 340 BCE and 321/20 BCE, starting with Vishnugupta's(moniker of
Chanakya) boyhood and culminating in the coronation of Chandragupta
Maurya. Chandraprakash Dwivedi played the title role of Chanakya.
So the director features as an actor himself and to top it all, the protagonist of all characters. Kudos to him, who was supposed to only be a part of the scripting but had to direct it after a fallout with the to-be director. Thank God for that, else CHANAKYA would have been something and someone else.
The actors are apt, their acting perfect, not over-the-top as is the case with much other tele-serials of that era.The scripting and dialogues are perfect, as would have been in that ancient period, so is the background score, replete with shlokas and excerpts from the VEDAS and UPANISHADS.
The icing on the cake are the costumes and setting locations etc. They really look like a MAHAJANAPAD of that ancient period.
Only One complaint: The series should have been longer. Then we would have had more to enjoy and learn.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I finally laid my hands on this eight part series after some continuous effort to find it.I am a big fan of Chanakya and Chanakyaniti. Though centuries old but it is still capable of helping us through situations we may find ourselves in. So I started watching Mr.Dwivedi's Chanakya with high expectations and hopes...let me say it on record...i was not disappointed..I am not a history expert so can not comment on authenticity of the surroundings but the content is what I paid attention to. It is so well written and executed that I was hooked from scene 1.Other than some long dances there is nothing that I had to forward. I am surprised why a man of his calibre and intelligence not given his due in India's history. It might somewhere deter people from playing the politics of divisiveness that is going on today in BOMBAY ( and not Mumbai...)
The serial has been made very well, and the acting of the main
character, Chanakya, played by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi is stunning. The
language and its articulation give a very good impression of the theme.
On the translation of Greek, which was done using English, I would expect betterment of accent, but this was a very small part of the serial.
All together, the work is wonderful, and there is no doubt that it was recognized by academy and people. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi's articulation, expression, and body language are worth praising.
The historical aspect of the serial is the most important. The theme of the work seems to be fiction, but it is not. It is a reality Bharat (India) witnessed long time ago. There are many lessons that can be learned from the serial, e.g. the concept of nation that is united by values and history and the existence of various states within the nation, tension between states, personal benefit and national benefit, nationalism, etc.
Watching the serial will provoke many philosophical thoughts in the mind of the viewer.
A very realistic and believable story revolving around the life of the
founder of Greatest Indian Empire, Chanakya is undoubtedly the most
sensible and thought provoking series ever aired on Indian television.
The sets are real and there is no patchy computer graphics work done which was very common at the time of early nineties. The background score is composed using only Indian instruments, which just blends perfectly with the overall aura of ancient Indian culture. The acting and dialogues are not overdone and the story moves on with a nice pace. Watching Chandra Prakash Dwivedi (also the director of the series) in the lead role along with some excellent performances by Irrfan Khan (none other than our beloved Paan Singh Tomar) and Surendra Pal(Dronacharya of BR Chopra's Mahabharata) is a sheer delight. Performance delivered by Suraj Chaddha as the main antagonist is also commendable.
The series has its moments. It makes you think at places, it makes you cry at others. It makes you believe! The relevance of Chanakya in the present Indian context is unquestionable. It tells you that even when all hope seems to fade, when the storm seems inevitable and cold winds are blowing, a small light lamp keeps fighting until its last breath, because that is its 'Dharma'.
A must watch for every Indian!
This my first review in IMDb even though it is not actually review. After watching it couldn't able resist writing few words about. "Chanakya" serial is absolutely brilliant. Although the work is based on Vishakhadatta's play "Mudrarakshasa" and couple of books, execution by Dwivedi is admirable. A bow to Chandra Prakash Dwivedi for his efforts creating this Epic and for his passion. Acting and Production values are first rate. It is very relevant to current times. You will love the purity of Hindi and even amazed, which very rare/missing now a days. Those who watch daily soups/ western TV series should try watching "Chanakya". A must watch for every one. It is available (with English subtitles) in Youtube and amazon. A master piece. Perfect 10/10.
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