1857 Kranti (TV series)

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1857 Kranti
Sanjay Khan's 1857 Kranti.png
The title logo of the 1857 Kranti
GenreHistorical drama
Written bySanjay Khan
Nawa Lucknowi
Hasan Kamal
Directed bySanjay Khan
Creative director(s)Farah Khan
StarringS M Zaheer
Maya Alagh
Tej Sapru
Raza Murad
Lalit Tewari
Bhupinder Singh
Barkha Madan
Composer(s)Mohammed Zahur Khayyam
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes104[1]
Executive producer(s)S. Mirza Khan
Producer(s)Sanjay Khan
CinematographySushil Chopra
Editor(s)Aditya Warrior
Rajesh Rajput
Production company(s)Numero Uno International
Original networkDD National
Original release29 December 2002 (2002-12-29)

1857 Kranti is an Indian historical drama television series directed by Sanjay Khan and produced by Numero Uno International Limited. The drama, aired on Doordarshan National from 29 December 2002, tells the story of the famous Indian Revolt of 1857.[2] The drama was temporarily interrupted after four episodes in its earlier run in May 2001 due to change in commissioning norms.[3][4]

Speaking at the launch of the drama, Sanjay Khan, Chairman and Managing Director of the Numero Uno said, "The revolt of 1857 referred to as the Second Mutiny by the British is a very important facet of India’s freedom struggle. Therefore, in the age of low-cost family dramas, I have attempted to bring serials which have qualities of an epic and good cinematic values.[5] India's first war of independence of 1857 is not more than three pages in any school textbook. What we are presenting is the drama and the sacrifices that people made for the nation so that nationalistic fervour is never lessened, but enhanced."[6] There are quite a few songs in the drama that don't stop the progression of the story. We have recorded three songs out of the 20 planned.[6] "We are proud to say this is the most expensive serial on Indian television, a television series on a cinematic scale," claims Hormuzda Davar, the CEO of the Numero Uno. The crew included over 150 technicians, 80 artistes, 150 horses, 10 elephants, 50 camels and over 2000 sword fighters.[6] The drama approximately cost Rs 16 crore.[7]

The first 12 episodes of the drama was shot in Rajasthan, Chambal, Trichur, Red Fort, Umargaon and Cochin at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore.[6] From 6 April 2003, the 1857 Kranti shifted to the Sunday prime time (at 2130 instead of 1100 hours) on DD National to boost the viewership.[8]



  1. ^ "For DD, it's history". The Hindu. 2001-07-01. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  2. ^ "Indiantelevision dot com's Breaking News : Sanjay Khan churns out fresh mytho, historical for DD". Indiantelevision.com. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
  3. ^ "Indiantelevision dot com's Breaking News : Media planners blamed for shriking DD advertiser base". Indiantelevision.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  4. ^ "DD may end up with a dented coffer". Hindu.com. 2001-08-10. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  5. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Nation". Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  6. ^ a b c d "You are here: Home > News >". Mid-day.com. 2001-05-29. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  7. ^ http://www.mid-day.com/entertainment/2002/dec/40092.htm
  8. ^ "Indiantelevision dot com's Breaking News : Sanjay Khan's 1857 Kranti shifts to a new time slot". Indiantelevision.com. 2003-03-27. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
  9. ^ "Sanjay's new serial to focus on Sepoy Mutiny - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2001-05-28. Retrieved 2012-08-01.