The story began with King Shantanu (Rishabh Shukla) and Ganga's (Kiron Juneja)love story and the basic premise of the series was set in this time.
Roopa Ganguly became a household name during her stint on television as Draupadi. After portraying a strong character in the mythological series, Roopa got many film offers in Bengali and Hindi cinema. Roopa is one of the most popular name in Bengali cinema and she also received a National Award for Best Playback singer for 'Abhosheyshey'.
Puneet Issar beautifully brought out the emotions of greed and jealousy in the character of Duryodhana. The role got him mainstream popularity and he went onto star in films. He even stepped into the shoes of a director for 2004 film 'Garv: Pride and Honour'.
Gufi Pantel (in black) brought out the the menacing side of Shakuni Mama in Mahabharata series. It is still considered his best roles on television.
Who can forget Bhishma Pitamah and his bhishm pratigya (vow)? Mukesh Khanna set into the shoes of a stern son who refuses to marry for the happiness of his father turned out to be one of his best performances on screen. After Mahabharata, the actor found success in the 'Shaktiman' series but for most of the people he still remains to be the unforgettable Bhishma Pitamah.
Arjun became the popular television actor with his stint as Arjuna in Mahabharata. Such was his popularity that he went onto do more films in Bollywood. Though, unlike his television persona, he was mostly restricted to villainous roles in the films.
Girija Shanker beautifully portrayed the role of a helpless father in 1988 TV series 'Mahabharata'. Though the character got him much adulation but the actor could not cash in on the success of the show.
Renuka Israni played the role of Gandhari, who decides to share the pain of her blind husband and blindfolds herself forever. The actress later worked in a few television shows.
After his portrayal of Lord Krishna in Mahabharata, actor Nitish Bhardwaj could not come out of the image of his mythological character. Despite playing a great character on television, he could not find much offers in terms of diverse roles.
It's been 25 years since BR Chopra's 'Mahabharata' took to the Indian screens and became one of the most popular TV series. The 94 episode series started in October 1988 and ran till June 1990.
It's not just the series that became popular but the characters and the actors also became hit with the audiences. Here is a look at the unforgettable characters and actors from the series.
Pankaj Dheer's career also catapulted to success with his stint as Karna in Mahabharata. Pankaj brought life to the character of the unsung hero of Mahabharata with his acting prowess. He later moved onto do a role in 'Chandrakanta' and other television series.
Known to be the king of dharma, Yudhisthira was the eldest son of Pandu and Kunti. And, Gajendra Chouhan did complete justice to the character with his understated acting. He was initially offered the role of Krishna in the series but later he put on some weight and was considered for the role of Yudhishthira. Mahabharata gave him much success and he went onto become a big name in the TV industry.
With his great physique, actor Praveen Kumar landed in the role of Bheema in Mahabharata. Though, he was already working in films when he became the part of the TV series but the fame that he got from his character Bheem was unmatchable. He went on to work in a handful of films later.
Surendra Pal gave a fresh lease of life to guru Dronacharya's character in Mahabharata. Known to be loyal to the realm of Hastinapur, he supported Kauravas in the battle. After his stint in Mahabharata, he went on to do a few films and television shows, but nothing matched up to Mahabharata.
Virendra Razdan and Nazneen played the role of Vidur and Kunti in BR Chopra's Mahabharata. Nazneen brought out the pain of a mother whose sons are put through years of exile. While Razdan was equally supportive in his character.
Actor Mayur played the role of fearless Abhimanyu in the Mahabharata series. Unable to break the Chakravyuh and his death in the war, makes him a memorable character.