Shakutala was a Drama series based on Kalidasa’s famous epic love story of Dushyanth and Shakuntala, telecasted on Star Network’s –Star One. The show was created by Sagar Arts, produced by Sagar Pictures and directed jointly by Dharmesh Shah, Mukesh Singh, Noel Smith and Swapnil Shahane. It told the mesmerizing story of Dushyant and Shakuntala and the play of fate in their lives. Dushyant and Skakuntala are more like the Indian Adam and Eve who eat the forbidden fruit of Love. Their story has everything from love to romance to action to agony to hatred to jealousy, etc. hence forming the grounds for the perfect daily soap saga.
Shakuntala played by
as the older version and child actor
as the younger one, is a beautiful baby girl found by Sange Kanva. She is the daughter of Sage Vishwamitra and the beautiful Indralok apsara, Meneka. Sage Kanva raises the girl as his own daughter. With age her beauty knows no bounds and is often compared as the goddess of beauty. The pivotal character of Dushyant is played by the newbie
, who too is nothing less than Shakuntala. The charatcer of young Dushyant was played by child actor
Dushyant sees Shakuntala on a chance encounter in the forest where Dushyant had come for hunting. He spots Shakuntala and is mesmerized by her beauty,and they instantly fall in love. Dushyant then comes to Rishi Kanva’s Ashram looking for Shakuntala. They later get married according to the Gandharwa vivah rituals and live as husband and wife in the Ashram. One day, Sage Durvasa, famously known for his anger comes to Rishi Kanva’s Ashram. Shakuntala, having been lost in Dushyants dreams fails to great him properly. Enraged by anger, Sage Durvasa curses her that the person who’s thoughts she is so engrossed into will forget her existence. While Shakuntala is shocked, her friend explains to Durvasa, the reason for Shakuntala’s distraction. Feeling that he might have over-reacted, Durvasa informs Shakuntala that Dushyant will only remember and recognize her if she shoes Dushyant a personal token given by him. As the curse goes, Dushyant forgets about Shakuntala and does not return back to the Ashram. How she meets Dushyant and how he is reminded of her forms the continuity of the story.
The show makers have tried their level best to keep the feel and storyline intact and bringing to life each character exactly as the decribed by Kalidasa. The show premeired on 2nd February, 2009 and was aired from Monday-Thursday, 9.30 pm on Star One.