Welcome to the Chandrakanta WikiEdit

My wiki is about a really beautifull and magical novel and TV series Chandrakanta written by Devaki Nandan Khatri and Ekta Kapoor (as a TV series)

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 endeavour, he flees the kingdom and befriends Shivdutt, the powerful neighbouring king of Chunargarh (a renaming of "Chunar-fort", referring to the fort in Chunar that inspired Khatri to write the novel). Krur Singh persuades Shivdutt to trap Chandrakanta at any cost. Shivdutt captures Chandrakanta and while running away from Shivdutt, Chandrakanta finds herself a prisoner in a tilism. After that Kunwar Virendra Singh breaks the tilism and fights with Shivdutt with the help of aiyyars.

Tilism and Aiyyars Edit

Chandrakanta is notable for introducing the concepts of "Aiyyar" and "Tilism" to Hindi literature.

Aiyyar/Aiyyara Edit

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:

  • Disguise
  • Fighting skills
  • Spying
  • Science
  • Fine arts
  • Medical
  • Chemistry

Disguise is must (Aiyyar/a may change him/herself into person of same or even of opposite sex but of resembling body built, by makeup). Fighting skills are also must, for self-defence. An Aiyyar/a always overpowers any small group of ordinary soldiers. He/she may need to spy for taking out some secrets or for finding some missing persons. Knowledge of science and fine arts is also necessary, as it may come handy many times. Medical knowledge, and specially that of Anaesthesia is needed for him/her. Chemical knowledge is also needed

In a nutshell an Aiyyar is a Jack of all trades. But contrary to common belief, Khatrian Aiyyar/a are unfamiliar with magic and spells. He/she may join into any king's or landlord's service or may remain free.

The items must for an Aiyyar/a: Kamand (a long very strong cord used to climb over building secretly, or for tying opposite Aiyyar/a or captured person/s) Batua or purse (used to keep necessary medicines, makeup items, money and dry fruits) Lakhlakha must also be in the 'Batua' (lakhlakha is a kind of smelling salt used to revive any unconscious person) Khanjar or dagger (for safety and for attack) Langot or short smart pants are usually worn by male Aiyyars when in easy mood

Ethics of Aiyyars: Never kill or torture any other Aiyyar/a (but can arrest him/her) Never cheat your master Never attack too many Aiyyars over a single person

The novel depicts a number of friendly and unfriendly Aiyyar.

Aiyyars on the side of Virendrasingh include:

  • Tej Singh
  • Jeet Singh (Tej Singh's father)
  • Devi Singh;

Aiyyars on the side of Chandrakanta:

  • Chapla
  • Champa

Aiyyars on the side of Krur singh:

  • Nazim
  • Ahmed

Aiyyars on the side of Shivdutt (all except last two later joined the Virendra Singh's side):

  • Pandit Badrinath
  • Chunnilal
  • Pandit Jagannath
  • Pannalal
  • Ramnarayan
  • Ghasita Singh
  • Bhagwan Dutt

Later on in Chandrakanta Santati, many more Aiyyars were introduced, including mainly:

  • Bhootnath
  • Nanak
  • Bhairo Singh (Tej Singh's son)
  • Tara Singh (Devi Singh's son)
  • Indra Dev
  • Kamla (Bhootnath's Daughter)
  • Kamini
  • Sher Singh
  • Kamalini
  • Ladili
  • Dhanpati
  • Tara (not to be confused with Tara Sing)
  • Harnam Singh (only name in this epic allotted to two totally different characters)
  • Bihari Singh
  • Raja Gopal Singh
  • Laxmi Devi
  • Mayarani

Adaptations Edit

Chandrakanta was made into a television serial in the mid-1990s by its creator, writer, producer and director Nirja Guleri and this mega-budget serial went on to become one of the biggest-ever blockbusters on Indian television. However, the only agreement between the novel and the serial was in the name of a few characters, the rest of the storyline being completely different from the book. The serial also introduced many new characters.

A new serial named Kahani Chandrakanta Ki was started in 2011 on Sahara One TV Channel, Based on his next novel in Chandrakanta series named Chandrakanta Santati (story about Chandrakanta's sons) by the director Sunil Agnihotri, with same degree of deviations from the original Devaki Nandan Khatri novel. The story of Chandrakanta Santati was very much different from the story shown by new TV serial "Kahani Chandrakanta Ki". Subsequently, it failed to attract viewership and finally was taken off air.

In 2017, two more TV adaptations were planned. The one on the channel Life Ok and titled Prem Ya Paheli – Chandrakanta again tries to retell the story. From the initial few episodes, it again looks like the show makers have taken some significant creative liberties to twist and turn the story.

Colors TV also started TV show on "Chandrakanta" with the name Chandrakanta — Ek Mayavi Prem Gaatha. Its story is totally different from the original novel.

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