Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Saraswatichandra” on Starplus

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The perfectionist producer-director is back making larger than life love stories, but this time it’s for television. It’s obviously a big thing for Sanjay Leela Bhansali to take a break from movies and do something else, but his debut TV show, Saraswatichandra, an epic love story  is nothing less than an extravagant and expensive movie.

The story of the show is based on the famous Gujarati novel, Saraswatichandra, written by Govardhanram Tripathi. This famous novel was also made into an award winning film which had yesteryear actors, Manish and Nutan. Saraswatichandra is being shot in both India and Dubai.

220px-Saraswatichandra_film_1968Saraswatichandra, launched on 25 February 2013, has picked up reasonably well. It is too early to comment on the project’s real potential as ideally any show should be given at least six to eight weeks to settle down but nonetheless, there has been positive feedback.  The show’s pilot was shot 10 months ago and there was a buzz in the media about it being scrapped. Well, thank God it did not! The actors are doing a good job. The main leads Gautam Rode and Jennifer Winget seemed to be an unusual pairing at first but in the recent few episodes, they have displayed decent chemistry. The sets look lavish (reminds us of Hum dil de chuke sanam). And being a SLB production, it is definitely visually appealing. But like what happens to most TV shows – they start off looking elaborated, grand but end up being like any mediocre saans-bahu type series. Nonetheless, we hope this one’s different. The title track of Saraswatichandra, also has to be one of the best songs I have heard in recent times. (Do telly awards acknowledge best title track of soaps too??) If they do, this definitely wins hands down! Sung by Shreya Ghoshal & Javed Ali, here’s the song for you guys :

So, what is Saraswatichandra all about ?

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The Story :

Saraswatichandra is raised by his stepmother, who doesn’t consider him as her own. In spite of being treated like an unwanted, Saraswatichandra grows up to be a compassionate, intelligent and charming man. However, when his father decides to get him married, he does not relent to the idea. Nonetheless, his father still goes ahead with his alliance to Kumud who hails from an affluent family. When Saraswati hears of this, he sends a letter to Kumud – we think it will be an email in this case – explaining his predicament and calling off the alliance. But Kumud replies to his letter. And in a series of mails to each other – the inevitable happens – they fall in love.

One day, Saraswati takes off to meet the love of his life. When his stepmother learns of his actions, she poisons her husband’s mind forcing him to call off the wedding without informing his son. When Saraswati comes back, he gets another letter from Kumud informing him that she is marrying someone else.

Kumud, who is now married to Pramadh – an illiterate, unsophisticated, alcoholic, who frequents brothels, is in depression. But Saraswatichandra re-enters her life, this time as Navinchandra. He is employed by her in-laws. Pramadh has an affair with the housemaid who in turn accuses Kumud of adultery. Kumud is kicked out of the house while Pramadh dies due to ill-health. After a series of events, although there are many instances where Kumud and Saraswatichandra get the opportunity to be together again, the tragic love story ends with Saraswati marrying Kumud’s younger sister, Kusum while a widow Kumud takes up priestery.


Here, I’d like to add that I hope Sanjay Leela Bhansali would be brave & experimentative enough to marry off Kumud to Saraswatichandra. Personally, I am a sucker for happy endings. However, in this era (no matter how epic this tragic love story is supposed to be), I really hope the female lead is not shown as meekly accepting her sad fate and the decisions of a taboo-ridden society.

I hope to see a different romance, that would stay on with me.

Find more updates on SaraswatiChandra (the serial) on facebook at facebook.com/pages/Saraswatichandra 

Images : wikipedia

53 thoughts on “Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Saraswatichandra” on Starplus

  1. Yesebhi main serial nehi dekhta, but pata nhi ye serial kyun itna pasand ho gaya hai ki khana khane keliye bhul jata huin,par serial dekhna bhulta nhi..

  2. Serial bht achi hi,,magar pls ending change kijiye,,movie ki tarah sad ending mat rkhiye aur is bar ap happy ending dijiye pls pls sir,,,nd apne kaha ki mukhammal mohabbat ki adhuri dastaan ab hogi puri,,it means ap happy ending doge,,pls sanjay sir,,pls…

  3. Sanjay sir,,kya dono pyar krne walo ko ap ek nai krnge,,apko acha hga bt dkhne wlo ka dil dard hga,,plz sir sb fans ki yhi khwaish hi ki saras aur kumud ki marriage hojaye,,pls sir we beg u fr ths unko miladijye sir pls,,,novel ki trah sad ending mat dijiye wrna bht logon ke dil rukjynge pls pls dont do lke tht pls pls pls sir,,,,,

  4. Ritzdotcom ji ap hamare views ko share kri thnk u mam bt plz ap hmre views SLB sir tk phnchayiye,,shayd ek umeed is jariye se wo endng chnge krde pls pls pls mam

    • Hi Neema, well I surely hope that if Mr. Sanjay is reading the comments, he will definitely try to keep our feedback in mind. On my side, I will do my best. Meanwhile just keep watching the show! I am addicted as well 🙂

  5. Hi,,sanjay sir,,,pls chnge d endng ap ke har movie sadness se end hti hi,,bt this time plz sir dnt do lke tht,,pls ap viewers k coments dkhe to b apna ending chnge kijiye,,,do pyar krne wlo ko ek kijiye pls,,wrna koyi ni dkhne serial….;(

  6. Plz ritzdotcom mam ap hmre views abt saraswathichandra serial send to mr.bhansali’s website hope so might he wl viewers coments abt chnge d ending,hope so mam..i luv ths serial nd i hve been wtch daily,,,pls mam snd our coments to his blog pls pls sister….

    • Yes, Maahim. I will certainly try my best and see this reaches Mr. Bhansali ! Till then, keep watching. I am sure he will be happy to see such excitement and fanbase for the show. Cheers, Ritwika

  7. Serial is amazing,,nd hope endng also gud,,bcz slb sir said adhuri dastan ab hogi puri,plzzzzzzzzzzz slb sir its my humble requst 2 u sir plsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss chnge d endng,,,saras wl mary kumud plsssssssssssssss,,,,pls any one send my msg to sanjay sir website plzzzzzzzzz

    • Hey Sama I am good, how are you? Well, I think a story is a story. By right, an ending should not determine whether a story is bad or good. Let’s enjoy the tv show for now and leave the rest to the director! Right?

      • Hi ritwika sistr ths is sama,hw u nd im inspire ur answs in ths blag,,plz ritwika sistr plzzzzzz snd our rplies to mr..bhansali blag fr change d ending of saraswathichandra,,,kumud ko saras se milade wrna kyi bi ye serial nai dkhnge,,nd TRP fall hojayegi,,plssssss sir change d ending,,society has been changed u also mst change d ending bcz nw widow mst marries,,,plssssssss

  8. Its going good til now but i am sure Mr Bansali will not keep this kind of ending. As it is loosing TRP continously. This is not the platfrom where old stories works. Make some necessary changes and it will rock. Like Saras and Kumuds marriage..

  9. Pls bhansali sir,,my humble request plssss change d ending sir,,,why shud u hurt a fans,,pls saras aur kumud ko milado,,ap is serial ke jariye ek nayi soch do society ko ki widow remarriage karskti hi,,,jaise ap widow kumud k saras se miladijiye ap,,, bhansali sir kyunki ap hi is serial k god ho pls sir,,,nayi soch do duniya ko ap happy ending krke plssssssssss,,,sir plss pls pls pls… Adhuri kahani ko puri kijiye ap sir…..

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  12. Plz saraswatichandra ka happy ending hona chahiye quki is serial se logo ka dil judd chuka hai ,agar sad ending hua to unka dil tut jayega ham sabhi jalandharwasi sanjay sir se yehi request karte hai adhoori dastan ko puri kar de kumud aur saras ko mila de aur happy ending kare nahi to hamare logo ka dil tut jayega, kya sanjay sir ko dil todna acha lagta ha?

  13. Plz sir saraswatichandra serial ka happy ending karna, isko bhi film ki tarah mat karna, film to 3 hour ki hoti hai, par serial ham roz dekhte hai ye serial hamare dil mai ghar kar chuka hai, ye hamari family jaisa ho gya hai, agar iska ending hi happy na hua to ham happy kaise reh sakte hai, plz sir bahut mehrbani hogi agar aap happy ending karenge to

  14. i am a recent fan of saraswathichandra and i really enjoy it but now reading the full story my eyes is like a sea with pupil like a boat.i really want saras to marry kumud.i wish my desire will be fulfilled.

  15. abhi tk jitne b serial dekhe ye serial un sabhi se unique hai nd my favorite.. kafhi time baad ek achha serial dekhne ko mila hai …..

    • yes in our culture engagement is half marriage and being giving values of our culture, as kumud’s character is depicted as of now , they should not show that kumud is marrying another man

  16. Pleeeeeeeaaaaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! Change the ending. It would be really sad if they do not meet. I mean yes it would be a better story if they do not meet but still if they meet it would be satisfying. I’m a really big fan and I think this is the best ever:-

    1. Romance
    2. Couple and
    3. Jennifer is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen!

  17. Hi,
    I’ve been watching saraswatichandra from day one. Firstly Jenny is THE most beautiful women EVER! And Gautam is also unbelievably brilliant at what he is portraying. I’m a true believer of love,and I really hope both of these characters unite. It would be heart breaking to see anything different. Please tell Mr Bansali not to follow the novel or his Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam though it was a great movie this serial is too different. The chemistry between Sara’s and kumud and the love they portray has to bring them together, there can be no other ending PLEASE. If there is I’m sure just like me others will stop watching too.

  18. Sir, its my request please let kumud n saras get married at last.. otherwise it will be a pain to all viewers of saraswathichandra. I know my suggestion is not going to change your script. After reading that novel i really felt depressed! Atleast you make it a happy ending. How could kumud’s sister can marry saras? kumud n saras lived together as husband and wife so please sir its my request! Thank you sir if you read this message

  19. This show has become the most torched show ever. This serial had become a headache I have now stopped watching it. I am surprised how SLB is managing to Direct hope he reads this and see its has become a headache to audience. I never posted any comment for any show but for this I actually Google to find where can I post this feedback. This is not only from me but from many on whose behalf I am posting this from SG.

  20. please stop this kusum and saras and give some sense of mind to kumud that why you been so stab born. Is it love is piece of thing that should be given away. That is so silly thing i seen in Kumud character. Let’s just share everything in between everything, wow where is the culture in this Serial…..really so unrealistic.

  21. sanjay ji please show ki story change kejiye ,puri show ki story ullaj gayi he.kuch to acha dikhap. saras & kumud ko sirf dukha hi milatahe .acha kuch bi nahi ho raha he unke parivare. this is not done.

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