Cult television series 'Chandrakanta' is back on Sahara One

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Mumbai, Jun 3 : Cult television serial 'Chandrakanta', which had millions of viewers glued to the tube, more than a decade and half ago, is back on the small screen.

The new series- 'Kahani Chandrakanta Ki', directed and produced by Sunil Agnihotari, will be telecast on general entertainment channel (GEC), Sahara One from June 6 at 2000 hours from Monday- Friday.

The new fantasy costume drama, inspired by Devki Nandan Khatri's 'Chandrakanta Santiti' moves forward, and has princess Chandrakata, who has now become the queen. Shikha Swaroop, who played the princess 15 years ago, reprises her role as the queen. Also from the 'original' series are Rajendra Gupta ('Jaganath') and Kruttika Desai ('Naintara').

The New cast includes Vindu Dara Signh ('Abhimanyu'), Puneet Issar ('Shiv Dutt'), Sonia Rakkar '(Padmini').

''There has been too much of 'saas bahu' and reality shows in television lately. No one was experimenting with fantasy. We took up the project with Sahara One, and with enough budget to include a lot of outdoor locations compared to the mainly indoor shoots we had for the earlier series for Doordarshan,'' Agnihotari told UNI here last night.

To hook a new generation of viewers and to satisfy old fans, the production will be more lavish with state -of-the-art editing and effects thrown in. The series itself will have 256 episodes. During its first run, in the 90s' Chandrakanta was in the top league with Hindu mythology based serials like 'Mahabharata' and ' Ramayan' without having the support of gods and deities.

''Chandrakanta is back as a queen, and the series will have a lot of colour and flavour. We'll try and win back the old fans with the new series,'' Shikha said.

''The story has timeless quality and if you are an Indian, the essence of the tale will be in your heart. Even Hollywood has warmed up to Indian culture based tales. Our promotions in cities like Ahmedabad and Delhi have met with a very positive response. We'll wait and see how it fares,' Agnihotari added.

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