Originally, Chandrakanta that is based on novel of the same name, was produced by Nirja Guleri and was directed by Sunil Agnihotri. In 1996, the serial was controversially pulled off air by Doordarshan. For reinstatement, the producers of the serial had filed a suit in court.
Chandrakanta had a rerun on Star Plus and Sony Entertainment Television. According to reports, Ekta Kapoor is in talks with some channels to remake the serial.
The original show was all about two lovers who belonged to rival kingdoms. It had Shahbaz Khan, who played the role of Prince Virendra Singh and Shikha Swaroop, who played the role of Princess Chandrakanta. With Ekta all set to remake the serial, the new cast is yet to be finalised.
Tellychakkar quoted a source as saying, "The show will be the remake of the popular Doordarshan television series of mid 90', which was also a television adaptation of the novel. Though the project is at nascent stage and none of the cast has yet been finalized, the creatives are working on the project and the actors."
According to Tellychakkar reports, if Sony do not lock the deal, the production house may approach Star Plus or Zee TV.
Nowadays fantasy shows are reaching a wide audience and are a grand success. Let's wait and watch how Ekta's Chandrakanta turns into and if it beats the original serial.