Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanuman is the mythological magnum opus, currently running on Sony Entertainment Television. Narrated by Lord Krishna, to his wives, this serial depicts the story of Lord Hanuman, Lord Rama’s most devout disciple, who is a predecessor of the current comic superheroes, if I can say that. Starring Ishant Bhanushali as young Hanuman, and Mahabharata fame Nirbhay Wadhwa as the adult Hanuman, the serial depicts Lord Hanuman’s journey, as he rose from being a mischievous child, who mistook the Sun for a delicious mango, to the devoted warrior, who destroyed Ravana’s pride by burning the golden Lanka with his tail.
Produced by eminent production house and maker of shows like ‘Bharat Ka Veer – Maharana Pratap’, Contiloe Entertainment, the story begins with Lord Krishna waiting for Hanuman’s arrival. Intrigued by his excitement, Krishna’s wives, including one of his favorite, Rukmini, ask the importance of the guest. To which, Lord Krishna reveals his name. Lord Hanuman, the most devout disciple of Lord Rama in the Treta Yug, has seen his Lord in Lord Krishna and wishes to meet him. Curious to know more, Rukmini persuades Lord Krishna to tell him more about this guest. This is when Lord Krishna goes down the memory lane; to tell them how Lord Hanuman became the household name he is today.
Lord Kesari, the monkey chieftain, falls in love with a cursed princess, Mother Anjani. They marry, and very soon Anjani gives birth to Hanuman, who is technicall the eleventh avatar of Lord Shiva. His birth is an amalgam of coincidences and solutions. One of such tales involves Narada and Lord Vishnu, whose seventh incarnation was Lord Rama. Once, Narada Muni became narcissistic and thought none is more beautiful than himself. To remove this hallucination, Lord Vishnu created an elusive town, where he disguised himself as Mohini. Narada fell in love with Mohini and proposed to her, to which she asked him to participate in the swayamvar. At the swayamvar, however, Mohini chooses Lord Vishnu.
Surprised at the mockery Narada faces, he turns to look himself in the pond, and finds that his face is replaced by that of a monkey. Enraged, Narada curses Vishnu, that he would suffer separation from his beloved in the next incarnation. However, when he realizes his mistake, he amends the clause, with an addition: a monkey would assist Lord Vishnu’s incarnation in getting back his beloved. Hanuman is the result of this amendment. This serial explores the entire life of Lord Hanuman, including some folklore which was previously untold.
Also depicted in this serial, is an unexplored enmity between Raavan and Hanuman, where portions of Jain text on Ramayana, Ramacharita is adapted for. The serial brings forth Nirbhay Wadhwa, who had earlier drawn the ire of the audiences with his rendition of the lecherous Kaurava, Dushasan, in the television series, ‘Mahabharata’. He also played the noble Afghan warlord Hakim Khan Sur in another show on Sony, ‘Bharat Ka Veer Putra Maharana Pratap’. Also in the serial, is eminent actress Barkha Bisht Sengupta, starring as Hanuman’s mother, the cursed monkey princess Mother Anjani. Earlier known for serials like, ‘Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Radha Ek Shyam,' ‘Doli Sajaa Ke,' etc., she has infused life into the otherwise unknown figure of Ramayana, Mother Anjani.
Actor Aarya Babbar makes his television debut, as the demonic king Raavan. Gagan Mallick, known as Lord Rama in the magnum opus of Zee TV, ‘Ramayan,' essays the role, along with that of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna once again. Also in the fray, is popular actress Deblina Chatterjee, reprising the role of Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Sita, among others.
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‘Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman’ is a serial TV telecast on Sony channel. It is a story of Hindu mythological tale of Lord Hanuman. The story gives a minute detail of Lord Hanuman since his childhood. It is based on a story that is narrated by Lord Shri Krishna to his wife Devi Rukmini who wanted to know the tale of Lord Hanuman from Lord Krishna. The serial is conceived and directed by Abhimanyu Singh. It is also co-produced by Rupali Singh. It may be noted that Abhimanyu Singh is an actor in Bollywood and Telugu cinema and is the brother of Bollywood actor Chandrachur Singh. The music composer is Sunny Bawra and Inder Bawra. The cinematography is credited to Deepak Garg.
The telecast was first made on May 4, 2015, and still continuing with a successful run. Ishaan Bhanushali plays the role of child Hanuman, and actor Nirbhay Wadhwa will portray the adult version of Lord Hanuman. Gagan Malik essays the role of Lord Krishna. He will also essay the role of Lord Ram and Lord Vishnu subsequently. Deblina Chatterjee is essaying the role of Rukmani Devi. While Barkha Bisht Sengupta plays the role of Hanuman’s mother, she is seen playing the role of Devi Anjana and Gagan Kang is playing the role of Hanuman’s father as Kesari. Another TV actor Vikas Grover plays the role of sage Narada.
In this serial, we have all mythological characters of Hindu belief be it Goddess Durga, Lord Surya, Lord Indra, Lord Vayu along with Rama’s mother Kaushaliya, Sumitra, Kaikeyi and even Dasharatha. But the main protagonist is Lord Hanuman’s role along with his mother and father. Also, we can find the cast of Sandeep Rajora, who plays the role of Surya Dev and another actor Manas Shah as Indra Dev and new TV actor Manish Bishla as Vayu Dev. The serial is supported by animation and graphics. The color photography is eye-catching. The serial is enjoying higher TRPs now.
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Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman, which means troubleshooter and great Hanuman, is an attempt of Sony Entertainment Television (India) Channel at the mythological genre. Abhimanyu Singh is the director as well as the creator. The credits for the story goes to BrijMohan Pandey. Manish Paliwal and Vikas Pareek have written the screenplay. Ajay Dhanak and Prarabdha Shrivastava are the executive producers. Abhimanyu Singh has also donned the hat of the producer along with Rupali Singh. Ravi Naidu and Rahul Jain are the cinematographer and editor respectively.
Contiloe Entertainment is the production company backing the magnum opus. Sunny Bawra and Inder Bawra have composed the theme for the show. It captures the existence of one of the most lovable gods, Lord Hanuman. He is the avatar of Lord Shiva. His face resembles an ape, and he is well-built and sturdy. People remember and workshop him as he protects people from all kinds of evils. Also, fitness freaks and bodybuilders take inspiration from him. However, the novelty here lies in the fact that Lord Krishna and Devi Rukmini will narrate his tale.
His parents are Anjana and Kesari. He is also known to be the kin of Vayu, the Lord of Wind. Vayu also protected him whenever he was in danger. As a child, he was very mischievous, and as a result, a saint cursed him. There is also a story about how, when he was hungry, he tried to gallop the sun thinking that it was a fruit. Later on, he dedicated his life to Lord Rama and became his passionate devotee. In his adulthood, he played an important part in Ramayana and helped Lord Rama in defeating Ravana to rescue his wife, Sita.
He also acted as a messenger when Ravana abducted and kidnapped Sita and even saved Rama's brother, Lakshman's life by fetching the medicine that helped revive him. People believe that he was such an ardent devotee of Rama that when he tore his chest, everyone could see Rama's face inside it. As a result, in all the paintings and photographs one can see Hanuman sitting at Rama's foot with folded hands. Actor Nirbhay Wadhwa essays the character of Lord Hanuman while Gagan Malik and Deblina Chatterjee play Lord Krishna and Rukmini respectively. Besides Lord Krishna, he also enacts the roles of Vishnu and Rama. The serial premiered on the small screen on May 4, 2015. Since then, they have telecasted a total of six hundred and twenty-eight episodes. We can all enjoy the show, every week, from Monday to Friday, at eight in the evening.