The Complete Mahabharata TV Film Script : Episodes 1-100
by Pradip Bhattacharya, Rahi Masoom Reza, Satish Bhatnagar, Shashi Magan
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Satish Bhatnagar is 68. He was born in Shimla. He has written film scripts for Hindi films, including 75 blockbusters. He also did the screenplay for the TV serial Bahadur Shah Zafar (directed by B.R. Chopra and Ravi Chopra), and conducted the research and wrote the scenario of the TV serial Mahabharata produced and directed by B.R. Chopra and Ravi Chopra and telecast by Doordarshan and B.B.C. Prior to taking up script writing assignments in India, he worked with the B.B.C. as their Listener Research Officer of the Eastern Services and as a regular script-writer and broadcaster in their English, Hindi, and Urdu Services. He translated the TV Mahabharata Serial into English for B.B.C. As a freedom fighter, he is the recipient of Tamra-Patra from the Government of India, and now receives the Swatantrata Sainani Samman pension. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society for his work in Mass Communications.
Shashi Magan is forty-two; married. She is a First Class First S.S.C., B.A., and M.A. (Gold Medallist) from Bombay University. She taught B.A. classes for three terms in Public Administration and Political Science in St Xavier College. She translated (with Satish Bhatnagar) the TV serial Mahabharata from Hindi to English for B.B C. She contributed the stories for two feature films-Tumhare Liye and Vivash. She received an honorary award from the Maharashtra State Legislative Assembly for covering the proceedings of the House.
Rahi Masoqm Reza passed away after a long battle with, cancer while this volume was being bound, in March 1992. He kept a low profile, and I appreciated his kind references to the fact that he used my shloka-by-shloka transcreation of the Mahabharata when he wrote the film script. I respected his humility by refraining from giving any biographical information about him in the preceding nine volumes. It is now essential that his talent be honoured and his memory revered by at least this brief mention-brief again in deference to his quiet, simple lifestyle-in the final volume. Every book he wrote, every film scenario he scripted-and he did many indeed for the Hindi screen-is replete with humanist values. He always had something serious to say, something constructive to suggest, no matter how ordinary the theme or story. The Mahabharata was an extraordinary challenge; and it brought put the best in him. Through the "pop" film epic he conveyed timeless messages in contemporary contexts for his fellow Indians and fellow human?.
Rest in peace, Reza Sahib. May we be worthy of your ideals.
Pradip Bhattacharya was placed first in the first class in M. A. [English] from Calcutta University, winning gold and silver medals and cash prizes, and in German Language Certificate from Max Mueller Bhavan, Calcutta, and first class third in LI. B. (Prely.) from Calcutta University. The only candidate to be awarded the post-graduate Diploma in Public Service Training with Distinction by University of Manchester in 1983. The sole Third World representative to address the 1983 National Conference of the Institute of Transactional Analysis, U.K. in London. The only Indian awarded the International Human Resource Development Fellowship 1989 by the University of Manchester and the Institute of Training and Development, U.K. and invited to address the 1989 World Training Conference in London. Represented Government of India in the 1987 International Conference on Population Control Strategies in Seoul. Twice elected Member of the Board of Trustees of the Transactional Analysis Society of India, and the Board of Studies of the Indian, Society for Training and Development. Elected member of the Executive Committee of the I.A.S. Association West Bengal for several terms and served as its Secretary, and Assistant Editor of The Service, its monthly journal, from its inception till its end. Edited Government of India's quarterly journal The Administrator for 3 years. Founding Editor of X, Calcutta's first Eng.-Beng. minimag. Lectured in English at St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, 1969-71. Founding Vice-President of Oskars, a new-wave drama group. Revived the British Council Play-
Reading Group, Calcutta. Joined the Indian Administrative Service 1971. Organized relief and rehabilitation work in Rajshahi District, Bangla Desh, 1972. Set up Directorate of Homeopathy in Government, of West Bengal.
Sincere gratitude is expressed to the team of helpers—Ms P. Shah, Ms. P. Sabita Bose, Ms Premila Lal, Ms. Clover Kamal, Ms. Nandini Chakraborty, and Mr. C. G. Menon—for their devoted assistance to the authors in completing this voluminous work and for their meticulons typing of the handwritten MSS. But for their timely help, it would have taken much longer to complete this labour of love.