Chanakya is a historical drama series that depicts the life and achievements of the ancient Indian economist, strategist and political theorist Chanakya. The series consists of 47 episodes that span from Chanakya's childhood to his role in the establishment of the Mauryan Empire under Chandragupta Maurya.
In episode 138, we see Chanakya and Chandragupta preparing for the final battle against the Nanda king Dhanananda, who has amassed a huge army with the help of his allies. Chanakya devises a clever plan to lure Dhanananda into a trap by spreading false rumors of Chandragupta's death. Meanwhile, Chandragupta infiltrates Dhanananda's camp disguised as a soldier and manages to free his friend Bhadrabhatta, who was captured by Dhanananda. The episode ends with a cliffhanger as Chandragupta confronts Dhanananda face to face.
The episode is full of suspense, action and drama, as we witness the culmination of Chanakya's long struggle against Dhanananda's tyranny. The actors deliver convincing performances, especially Chandra Prakash Dwivedi as Chanakya and Manish Wadhwa as Chandragupta. The costumes, sets and music are also impressive and create an authentic atmosphere of ancient India.
Chanakya serial is a must-watch for anyone interested in Indian history and culture. The series is available for streaming online on various platforms such as Archive.org[^1^], IMDb[^2^] and JustWatch[^3^].
Cast and Crew
The series boasts of a talented cast and crew who brought the characters and the story to life. The lead role of Chanakya was played by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who also wrote and directed the series. Dwivedi portrayed Chanakya as a brilliant, cunning and patriotic figure who dedicated his life to the cause of uniting India under one ruler. Dwivedi also won several awards for his performance and direction.
The role of Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Mauryan Empire, was played by Dinesh Shakul as an adult and Abhishek Dwivedi as a child. Shakul showed Chandragupta's transformation from a young rebel to a mature and powerful king under Chanakya's guidance. Abhishek Dwivedi impressed the viewers with his innocence and courage as the young Chandragupta.
The role of Dhanananda, the last and cruel king of the Nanda dynasty, was played by Sanjay Bhatia. Bhatia portrayed Dhanananda as a ruthless, arrogant and greedy ruler who oppressed his subjects and antagonized Chanakya. Bhatia also received praise for his acting skills.
The series also featured many other actors in supporting roles, such as Irrfan Khan as Senapati Bhadrashal, Sanjeev Puri as Senapati Sinharan, Vipin Sharma as Vararuchi, Sanjay Mishra as Nipunak, Navneet Nishan as Shaunotra, Shahrukh Irani as Alexander the Great, and many more.
The series was produced by Prakash Dwivedi under the banner of Shagun Films. The music was composed by Ashit Desai and the cinematography was done by Rajan Kothari. The series was shot in Film City, Mumbai and used elaborate sets and costumes to recreate the ancient era.
Reception and Legacy
Chanakya serial was a huge success when it was aired on DD National from 1991 to 1992. It received high ratings and positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. It was praised for its historical accuracy, script, direction, acting, production values and relevance to contemporary issues. It also won several awards, such as the Uptron Award for Best Director (Chandraprakash Dwivedi), Best Actor (Chandraprakash Dwivedi), Best Supporting Actor (Sanjay Bhatia), Best Music Director (Ashit Desai) and Best Historical Serial.
Chanakya serial also had a lasting impact on Indian television and culture. It inspired many other historical dramas and documentaries based on Indian history and personalities. It also influenced many viewers to learn more about Chanakya and his teachings. It also sparked a debate on the role of politics and ethics in society.
Chanakya serial is considered as one of the best Indian television series ever made and a landmark in Indian television history. It is still remembered and admired by many people who watched it during its original run or later on various platforms. It is also regarded as a masterpiece by Chandraprakash Dwivedi who created it with passion and dedication. 061ffe29dd