Buddha (TV series)

Buddha (TV series)

Buddhaa - Rajaon ka Raja
Genre Historical drama
Written by Gajra Kottary
Prakash Kapadia
Puneet S. Shukla
Starring Himanshu Soni
Kajal Jain
Kabir Bedi
Sameer Dharmadhikari
Jagat Singh
Reshmi Ghosh
Siddharth Vasudev
Amit Behl
Hemant Choudhary
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of episodes 55
Production
Producer(s) B. K. Modi
Cinematography Veer Dhaval Puranik
Running time 1 hour
Release
Original channel Zee TV
Doordarshan
Original release 8 September 2013

Buddhaa-Rajaon Ka Raja (titled as Buddhaa - The King of Kings) is a Historical drama on Zee TV and Doordarshan, produced by B. K. Modi, under the banner Spice Global. The creative producer of the show is Ridwana Khan.[1][2][3][4][5] The show airs from 8 September 2013 on Sunday at 11:00 am on Zee TV and Doordarshan.[6][7] The programme stars Kabir Bedi in a cameo role as Asita Muni, the sage who announces the coming of Gautama Buddha.[8] The story of the serial is based on the life of Buddha that shows how a prince, Siddhartha, became a Buddha.[9][10][11][12] The role of Mayadevi was earlier scheduled to be played by Samiksha Singh,was replaced with Deepika Upadhyay.[13][14] Himanshu Soni is playing the lead role of Buddha,[15][16][17][18] while 2010 Miss India top ten finalist, Kajal Jain is playing role of Siddhartha Gautama's wife Yasodharā.[19][20] Earlier, Ashutosh Gowariker wanted to collaborate with Shekhar Kapur for a television series on Buddha.[21]

Contents

  • Cast 1
  • Plot 2
  • Production 3
  • International broadcast 4
  • Controversy on birthplace of Buddha 5
  • Critical reception 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Cast

Plot

Born as Prince Siddhartha in the year BC, after years of waiting and yearning, on a full moon night, to his parents King Shuddhodana and Queen Mahamaya, he was a unique child, even at birth. Carrying the 32 signs of greatness and predicted to be the saviour of humankind by some, and a mighty king of kings by others, Siddhartha proved both the prophesies to be true. In his growing years, he was the ideal warrior prince, the pride of his father’s eyes and later to his lovely wife Yashodhara, he was the devoted and sensitive husband that all women dream of, but few are blessed with. Despite his father’s extreme protection of him from seeing suffering of any kind, lest he move towards fulfilling the latter prophecy of him being a thinker and philosopher, even as a child Siddhartha by his very nature ever-questioned and pondered about all phenomena around him.

Siddhartha wondered about all things- from social to physical and natural to man-made, and he was hugely compassionate and uncompetitive by nature. Siddhartha’s questions were not born out of the natural curiosity of a young boy about the world around, but of a deeply rational yet philosophical concern for the state of the world that he saw around him, and his devastation was compounded in his youth when the wall of protection from seeing suffering that his father had built around him, crumbled.

It was an enlightenment, that shone not only his path on earth, but also showed the way forward for all mankind, that would illuminate the world with his teachings for thousands of years to come, as it gave birth to the Buddha-a word that today symbolises truth, peace, love, compassion and righteousness that he stood for, like no other. It is no wonder then that there is a revival of the relevance of Buddha’s teachings and beliefs in the modern world.

Production

Nidhi Yasha (costume & jewellery) and Varsha Jain (set designer) are main crew behind the sets and costumes on the show.[31][32] The first shot of Buddha was taken at the magnanimous set created at the Film City in Mumbai on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima on 27 May 2013.

International broadcast

Country Network(s)/Station(s) Series premiere Title
 Sri Lanka TV Derana March 2014 ශ්‍රී ගෞතම සම්බුද්ධ (Sri Gauthama Sambudda)
 Thailand Workpoint TV March 2015 พระพุทธเจ้า มหาศาสดาโลก

Controversy on birthplace of Buddha

On the very first day of the series launch, the cable operators of Nepal banned the series to be telecasted all over Nepal as the series previously announced that Buddha was born in India.[33] Later the team behind the series had changed the supposed details of birthplace.[34]

Critical reception

Daily News and Analysis praised the performances of all the actors of Buddha, says Sameer Dharmadhikariaka Suddhodana Acting is first rated.[35]

See also

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External links

  • Official Home Page
  • Official Twitter