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Chandrakanta is a popular epic fantasy Hindi novel by Devaki Nandan Khatri. Published in , it was the first modern Hindi novel. It gained a cult following, and contributed to the popularity of the Hindi language.
The copyright on the novel expired in and it is now in public domain, along with other titles by the author. It inspired Nirja Guleri's mega-budget TV serial of the same name though the screenplay had many differences from the novel which became one of the biggest-ever blockbusters in the history of Indian television.
The story is a romantic fantasy about two lovers who belong to rival kingdoms: the princess Chandrakanta of Vijaygarh , and the prince Virendra Singh of Naugarh. Krur Singh, a member of the Vijaygarh king's court dreams of marrying Chandrakanta and taking over the throne.
When Krur Singh fails in his endeavor, he flees the kingdom and befriends Shivdutt, the powerful neighboring king of Chunargarh referring to the fort in Chunar that inspired Khatri to write the novel. Krur Singh coaxes Shivdutt to ensnare Chandrakanta at any cost. Shivdutt captures Chandrakanta and while running away from Shivdutt, Chandrakanta finds herself a prisoner in a tilism. After that Kunvar Virendra Singh breaks the tilism and fights with Shivdutt with the help of aiyyars.
The Story slowly unfolds into Chandrakanta being kidnapped and getting rescued by Chapla. However, they get trapped into a Tilism by a quirk of fate. Prince Virender Singh starts breaking the Tilism to free Chandrakanta. The Story unfolds around the efforts of Virender Singh for breaking Tilism and King Shivdutt trying to stop him to do the deed himself.
Chandrakanta, the novel, has many sequels, prominent being a 7-book series Chandrakanta santati dealing with the adventures of Chandrakanta and Virendra Singh's children in another major tilism. Chandrakanta is notable for introducing the concepts of "Aiyyar" and "Tilism" to Hindi literature. According to Devaki nandan Khatri, An Aiyyar male or Aiyyara female is a secret agent cum spy cum fighter. He or she is expert in many arts like:.
Fighting skills are also must, for self-defence. Knowledge of science and fine arts is also necessary, as it may come handy many times. Chemical knowledge is also needed. In a nutshell an Aiyyar is a Jack of all trades.
Chandrakanta was made into a television serial in the mids by its creator, writer, producer and director Nirja Guleri and this mega-budget serial went on to become one of the blockbusters on Indian television. The serial also introduced many new characters. Subsequently, it failed to attract viewership and finally was cancelled.
Indian filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra tried producing a film adaptation of the book, which was to be directed by Ram Madhvani. The film was to have been titled Taalismaan and included Amitabh Bachchan among the cast, playing an Aiyyar. Abhishek Bachchan was to be seen in this screen adaption of the tale of Chandrakanta. The film was never made. In , two more TV adaptations were planned. Unfortunately,the ending was not shown because the channel changed from Life Ok to Star Bharat.
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Chandrakanta is a popular epic fantasy Hindi novel by Devaki Nandan Khatri. Published in , it was the first modern Hindi novel. It gained a cult following, and contributed to the popularity of the Hindi language. The copyright on the novel expired in and it is now in public domain, along with other titles by the author.
Chandrakanta is a writer, born in Srinagar , India. She has written many novels and stories in the Hindi language including the epic Katha Satisar , which was awarded the Vyas Samman prize in To date, her published short stories number about She has also published seven novels as well as poetical works. Her writing concerns socio-political issues and women's concerns in general. The Indian State of Kashmir constitutes the backdrop of most of her writings, especially terrorism and the repercussions of it, notably the mass exodus of the majority community of "Kashmiri Pandits".