Actor cum director Sanjay Khan had made this TV series ‘Maharathi Karna’ on a budget of Rs 16 crore. There was a delay in the telecast of the serial due to some problem with the Doordarshan and their early 37 producers. But later, they had faith in Sanjay Khan and had finally zeroed on the project, and the telecast of ‘Maharathi Karna’ was made from January 1, 2003. The time slot was fixed at 9 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Sanjay Khan was the Badshah (king) of television.
He made many series such as the “Great Maratha'', “Jai Hanuman” and “The Sword of Tipu Sultan”. It is believed that Sanjay Khan’s company ‘Numero Uno International Limited’ had provided revenue of Rs.200 crore to Doordarshan over his twelve years of association with a small screen. Sanjay’s ‘Maharathi Karna’ had a total of 104 episodes. It attracted huge advertisements for Doordarshan then. Karna was the story of a deprived child born from Lord Surya and Kunti. Kunti gave birth to this son on receiving a boon from Rishi Durvasa, who gave her a mantra through which she could please any God. Kunti tried her luck and received Karna as her son.
But Kunti had to abandon the child in fear of her not being married still and floated the child Karna within a basket in river Ganges. Later, he was called as ‘Soodputra’ and later became a ‘Rajputra.' He was no fewer warriors than Arjuna but lost in the Mahabharata battle as Lord Indra asked his ‘Surya Kavach’ to save Arjuna in the battle. Karna gave his ‘Kavach’, and he lost the power of his father Lord Surya given to him in his childhood. In this series, ‘Maharathi Karna’, actor Vinod Kapoor had essayed the role of Dronacharya.
Nimai Bali, who is married to actress Sahila Chaddha, was playing Duryodhana. Pankaj was playing the role of Dushasan while Manish Khanna was essaying the role of Arjun. The series was produced and directed by Sanjay Khan. Ravindra Jain scored the music while music director Khayyam scored the background music.
The executive producer of the series was S. Mirza Khan; Subrata Dey did editing. Sushil Chopra was the cinematographer, and Darshan Laul had written the story and also dialogues. Shiv Kumar Tiwari worked on the special effects. Most of the actors of this series went to become famous Bollywood stars in the future.