What! Chanakya was rejected by Doordarshan!
National station Doordarshan In her bid to keep people engaged while indoors after the 21-day shutdown, she has introduced reruns of her popular shows from the past era. Today is joining the Chanakya replay schedule, a 47-part epic drama written and directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi , originally broadcast on television between 1991 and 1992. Dwivedi had produced the fictional account of the life and times of the Indian economist, strategist and political theorist Chanakya from the 4th century BC. C., also known as Vishnugupta. Dr. Dwivedi Chanakya also played on the show.
However, few would know that the show was rejected by the broadcaster when it was first pitched to them. Recalling the time, Dr. Dwivedi told us, “I had pitched it sometime in the mid-1980s. The response I got from them was that the show didn't fit the channel’s scheme of work but they had liked my skill as a writer. It baffled me because they had historical shows like Tipu Sultan But I didn't feel that a program like Chanakya would work for them. I didn't take no for an answer. I researched and wrote them 20 page letters for a long time. My letters were in chaste Hindu, debating the channel's decision with strong points. Finally, the station took my proposal into account. At that time, several prominent producers wanted to do Chanakya and had been submitting their proposals to the channel. Although I was a newcomer, I was given the opportunity and asked to submit my proposal again around 1986-87. It was in 1988 when I did the pilot and the show was approved. Later, government officials joked about my letters, but often told them that if I did not write those long letters, they would not have heeded my request.
Dr. Dwivedi was planning to make the show in his quest to find a way to get into cinema. He said, “I was a theater-writer and actor. I wanted to get into films and I wanted to make the show to find my ground. It’s so funny but I didn’t have a TV at home when I was making Chanakya. I could purchase one after I made the show. My show ran into so many hurdles and so many people had criticized it at that time, giving it a religious and political color. Had it not been for the country’s limited intelligensia, Chanakya would not have run its course on TV. ”