Pradhanmantri (The Prime Minister) is an Indian television political documentary series, hosted by actor-director Shekhar Kapur on Hindi news channel ABP News. It premiered on 13 July 2013.[1] It aimed to bring to the audience never-seen-before facts of Indian history.[2][3] The weekly programme chronicles the history of India from 1947 to the present day.[4][5][6] The TV series was hosted by the renowned film-maker, actor and host Shekhar Kapur and directed by Puneet Sharma.[7][8][9] It was a unique attempt to present the changes in the country during the tenures of 13 prime ministers in the last 65 years. Pradhanmantri aired every Saturday at 10 pm.[10][11][12] Raghi Papiya Joshi and Sohan Thakur are casting directors.[13]

Created byABP News
Directed byPuneet Sharma
Narrated byShekhar Kapur
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of episodes26
Producer(s)ABP News
Running time60 minutes
Original release13 July 2013 (2013-07-13) 
4 January 2014

The series aired the news telecast of death of Indira Gandhi on Doordarshan by Salma Sultan. Initially conceptualised for 23 episodes, Pradhanmantri was extended to 26 episodes with the last episode aired on 4 January 2014. The show was earlier rumoured to be titled Idea of India.[14]

Pradhanmantri has been re-telecasted in Bengali on ABP Ananda from 14 December 2013, hosted by Bengali actor Dhritiman Chatterjee and re-telecasted in Marathi language on ABP Majha with the name Sinhasan and hosted by Marathi actor Vikram Gokhale from 23 November 2013.



Episode Topic Original Air date
Integration of princely states with India
13 July 2013
Story of Hyderabad and Junagadh
20 July 2013
Story of Kashmir
27 July 2013
Story of Madras and Bombay
3 August 2013
Hindu Code Bill
10 August 2013
Sino-Indian War
17 August 2013
Lal Bahadur Shastri
24 August 2013
Indira Gandhi Becomes PM
1 September 2013
Split in Congress Party
8 September 2013
Story before Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
15 September 2013
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and Birth of Bangladesh
22 September 2013
1975-77 State of Emergency in India
29 September 2013
Story of Morarji Desai and Janata Party
5 October 2013
Indira Gandhi back as PM and Operation Blue Star
12 October 2013
Rajiv Gandhi becomes PM and Shah Bano case
19 October 2013
Ayodhya dispute
26 October 2013
Rajiv Gandhi and Bofors scandal
2 November 2013
Mandal Commission
9 November 2013
Rise of LTTE and Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi
16 November 2013
P. V. Narasimha Rao and Corruption charges against him
23 November 2013
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 13 days government and India during 1996-98
30 November 2013
Pokhran-II and Kargil War
7 December 2013
2002 Gujarat Riots and Fall of Vajpayee Government
14 December 2013
Story of Sonia Gandhi and UPA-I Government
21 December 2013
Scams in UPA government and anti-corruption movement
28 December 2013
Untold stories of 6 decades of India
4 January 2014


Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L. K. Advani praised Pradhanmantri on his blog and public platforms.[16][17][18] Retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi and Sunil Shashtri (son of Lal Bahadur Shastri) also praised the series.[19]

Social media

The show noticed a huge engagement on social media with the #Pradhanmantri trending on Twitter for over 4 days in India on its launch. The hash-tag was promoted heavily by ABP News through a contest on Twitter. The lucky winners of the #Pradhanmantri contest were given K Touch A15 smartphone and a set of 19 books by Rajkamal Prakashan Private Limited on topics like Maanav Samskrithi, modern India, Lokayuth, Bhagath Singh, Prakrithi, Saahithya as gratifications.[20] #Pradhanmantri trended for more than 56 hours, had almost 2.2 million views on YouTube, and had more than 1.2 million mentions on Twitter in 25 weeks.

Seeing this series's success, Aaj Tak started its own documentary series named Vande Mataram on 18 August 2013. It is narrated by Kabir Bedi and Raza Murad, and the lucky winners of Vande Mataram are awarded ME tablets.[21][22][23] There was a similar show Pradhan Mantri on Zee TV which was launched on 6 April 2013.[24]

See also


  1. "I don't have the courage to go for politics: Shekhar Kapur - Times of India". The Times of India.
  2. "Navni Parihar to essay Indira Gandhi - Times of India". The Times of India.
  3. "Top News in India: India News, Bollywood News, Sports News, Business News & Current Affairs, National & International News". The Times of India.
  4. "Shekhar Kapur: Will tell untold stories in 'Pradhan Mantri'". CNN-IBN (IBN Live). 12 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  5. "Shekhar Kapur turns narrator for TV series". NDTV Movies. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  6. "New TV show to tell untold stories of contemporary history". The Times of India. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  7. Bhopatkar, Tejashree (12 December 2013). "Shekhar Kapur turns host?". Times of India. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  8. "Vaquar Sheikh bags Pradhanmantri!". The Times of India. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  9. "Shekhar Kapur's email account hacked - NDTV Movies".
  10. Kulkarni, Onkar (30 August 2013). "Navni Parihar is Indira Gandhi on Pradhan Mantri". The Indian Express. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  11. Bureau, ABP News (12 July 2013). "Untold stories in 'Pradhanmantri': Kapur". ABP News. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  12. "Freedom nuggets in new TV show". The Telegraph. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  13. Bhopatkar, Tejashree (12 December 2013). "Swanand Kirkire to host Saregama Production's next". Times of India. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  14. "Shiv Subramaniam & Akhil Mishra returns! - Times of India". The Times of India.
  16. ""Pradhanmantri: An excellent TV serial," writes LK Advani".
  19. Bedi, Kiran (20 October 2013). "Brilliant prog Pradhanmantri on @abpnewstv RajivGandhi's inexperience continues to cost d nation dearly. Voters may never forget in 2014".
  20. "#Pradhanmantri rules Social Media".
  21. "HCL Infosystems". HCL Infosystems.
  22. DelhiAugust 17, India Today Online New; August 17, 2013UPDATED:; Ist, 2013 05:27. "Vande Matram- India's war history and a tribute to its war heroes". India Today.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  24. "Zee to launch "Pradhan Mantri" from April 6".
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