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Benegal is back on TV with Samvidhan

Swara Bhaskar with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Veteran director Shyam Benegal is back with a 10-part television series titled Samvidhan Making of the Indian Constitution 1946 to 1949. The series tries to recreate the Constituent Assembly, which convened from December 1946 to November 1949 and offers a televised version of the drafting process that most of us have read in history text books. Benegal had directed Bharat Ek Khoj (based on Nehru's Discovery of India) and Yatra for Doordarshan earlier. The series has been written by Shama Zaidi and Atul Tiwari (who also plays Govind Ballabh Pant in the series), and will be aired on Rajya Sabha TV today onwards. The series has a host of well know actors and actresses who have worked with Benegal on his other productions. Actress Swara Bhaskar will anchor the series, a special 23-minute curtain raiser of which was shown to the President, Vice-President and the Prime Minister last week. The other actors include Amit Behl as C. Rajagopalachari, Rahul Singh as Acharya Kriplani, Tom Alter as Maulana Azad, K.K. Raina as K.M. Munshi, Utkarsh Mazumdar as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Rajeshwari Sachdev as Amrit Kaur, and Ila Arun as Hansa Mehta. Neeraj Kabi plays Mahatma Gandhi, who famously never entered the Indian Parliament. Dalip Tahil plays Jawaharlal Nehru and will be seen acting out the historic "Tryst with Destiny" speech that Nehru delivered on the eve of Independence.

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