Vikram-Aur-Betaal was a 1985 Hindi, mythological and fantasy series that was created by Sagar Arts Limited and produced by
Ramanand Sagar. It starred
Arun Govil and Sajjan in the titular role of King Vikramaditya and Betaal respectively. The series was based on the book Baital Pachisi, written some 2500 years ago by Mahakavi Somdev Bhatt meaning 25 tales of Betaal. The plot of the show was based on a wise and famous King, King Vikramaditya and a ghost by the name Betaal. Every night the ghost would tell King Vikramaditya a story and by the end of the story would who ask him a tricky question based on the same story.
All the stories were aimed at teaching moral lessons to humans. Each episode of the show ran for nearly 52 minutes. In the first episode, it was shown how the King and the ghost met each other. The ghost also tells the king a story about a man named Suryamal. The man fell in love with a woman and also married her with the permission from her parents. However, while returning home with his friend, he met with a ghastly accident as few dacoit attacked them and beheaded both of them.
Grief-stricken, his wife, who was a huge worshipper of Goddess Durga, decided to sacrifice her life. Impressed by the wife's loyalty and devotion, Goddess Durga decided to bring alive both her husband and his friend. However, out of joy and excitement, the wife, by mistake, placed the head of her husband on his friend's body and vice versa. Then Betaal asked the king the question that who should the wife now choose as her husband. To this, the King replied that since mind controls and the functions of the entire body the man with her husband's head and his friend's body should be chosen. He would tell this stories to him by resting on his back.
After the king would give him the right answers, he would fly off, laughing. The show was telecasted on the Doordarshan National Channel. Since there were 25 stories that Betaal narrated to the King, the series was spanned over a total of 26 episodes. The show aimed at imparting moral values and lessons to the kids in an entertaining way. The show was a huge success and was very popular in its days. Many shows based on this plot were created, but none could match the popularity of this show.