|Bharat Ek Khoj|
Bharat Ek Khoj DVD cover
|Created by||Shyam Benegal|
|Based on||The Discovery of India|
by Jawaharlal Nehru
|Written by||Shyam Benegal|
Vasant Dev (dialogues)
Subrat Bose, Pankaj Berry
|Narrated by||Om Puri|
|Opening theme||Vanraj Bhatia|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||53|
|Executive producer||Raj Pius|
|Cinematography||V. K. Murthy|
|Original network||DD National|
|Original release||13 November 1988 –|
12 November 1989
Bharat Ek Khoj is a 53-episode Indian historical drama based on the book The Discovery of India (1946) by Jawaharlal Nehru that covers a 5,000-year history of India from its beginnings to independence from the British in 1947. The drama was directed, written and produced by Shyam Benegal with cinematographer V. K. Murthy in 1988 for state-owned Doordarshan. Shama Zaidi co-wrote the script. Its cast included Om Puri, Roshan Seth, Tom Alter and Sadashiv Amrapurkar. Jawaharlal Nehru was portrayed by Roshan Seth, the same role he portrayed in the Oscar-winning film Gandhi.
Cast and episode list
The 53 episodes series was launched in November 1988 which coincide with the birth centenary of Nehru. The series was re-telecast on DD Bharati from 27 May 2013 on the occasion of 49th death anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru.
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