In the late 80s, the whole of India was enraptured by B.R Chopra’s Mahabharata, which ran on Doordarshan. The series was a televised version of the Indian epic Mahabharata.
Now, PEN India has bought the rights to the epic, that includes streaming and website broadcast. This could mean that a whole new generation could soon see the series that gave Bollywood many actors.
With a total of 139 episodes, this actually means that any platform looking to stream it has more than 13 seasons of content. Even if the platforms decide to make each episode a one hour affair, it would still be a 7 season project.
R Chopra’s Mahabharata and Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana are the crowning glories of Indian television even today. They were available as packs of DVDs and VCDs back in the day, but they are rarely available now.