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Happy Krishna Janmashtami: Depiction of Bhagwan Shri Krishna in Indian Cinema

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INDIA: Happy Krishna Janmashtami: On this auspicious festival entire country celebrates the birth of Bhagwan Shri Krishna. 

Bhagwan Shri Krishna has widely inspired the art and literature sector. Whether it’s a Hindi film or television series, Shri Krishna has been portrayed on the silver screen for a long time.  

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Birth of Shri Krishna/Shri Krishna Janma (1918)

The father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, first introduced a live-action adaptation of Shri Krishna on the big screen. Birth of Shri Krishna or Shri Krishna Janma was released in 1918, and the legendary filmmaker directed the movie. The Indian silent film brought the depiction of the supreme deity to the silver screen. Mandakini Phalke played the role of a childhood version of Shri Krishna.  

Kaliya Mardan (1919)

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Following the Birth of Krishna in 1918, Dadasaheb Phalke returned to direct Kaliya Mardan in 1919. In the Indian Silent film, Mandakini Phalke portrayed the role of Shri Krishna. The movie followed Kaliya Nag, a vicious multi-headed serpent that poisoned the Yamuna River and terrorized the surrounding region. Shri Krishna defeats Kaliya, saving the numerous people poisoned by the gigantic snake.

Mahabharat (1965)

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In 1965 veteran actor Abhi Bhattacharya played the role of Shri Krishna in Babubhai Mistri’s directorial Mahabharat. Pradeep Kumar as Arjun, Padmini as Draupadi, Dara Singh as Bheem, Jeevan as Shakuni, and Achala Sachdev as Kunti also starred in the film. 

Mahabharata (1988)

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B. R. Chopra brought the Mahabharata to Indian television in 1988. The series adaption of the Indian epic was aired on DD National and, even today, is still loved by many viewers. The show can be considered the most accurate depiction of Mahabharat. Nitish Bharadwaj starred in the role of Shri Krishna, which received a highly positive response from the audience. 

Shree Krishna (1993)

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In 1993 Swapnil Joshi played the childhood version of Shri Krishna. Ramanand Sagar’s directorial Shree Krishna aired on Indian television and enthralled all the devotees of Bhagwan. Sarvadaman D. Banerjee also starred in the series as the adult version of Shri Krishna. Ravindra Jain’s music also played a vital role in maintaining the show’s charm. The series was first aired on DD National. 

Karthikeya 2 (2022)

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Most recently, Karthikeya 2 also hit the theatres, and the adventure-action film focuses on the significance of Shri Krishna in the modern world. Chandoo Mondeti’s directorial film follows the journey of Dr Karthikeya as he sets out on a mission to discover Shri Krishna’s lost anklet.

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