Akbar Birbal tv show: old and the new adaptations of the classic Indian folklore

Siddharth SinghApr 30 . 6 min read

I don't think there is a need for an introduction as to whom today's article is about, if you grew up in an Indian household you must be familiar with the amazing folklore of Akbar and Birbal. The story of a powerful king and his wise and witty courtesan and their adventures involving tricky puzzles, mind-blowing questions and their apt and full of wisdom answers. Over the years people in India, as well as the world, have enjoyed these stories of Akbar and Birbal, and the most widespread means among that for a long time was just books. But with the development of the entertainment industry and people's interest in historical and traditional topics in entertainment, it finally came to television as well. Akbar Birbal Doordarshan was the first show to be made based on the books and the episodes were the adaptations of its most famous and most loved stories.

But the one that we have for you is a little different from your regular dose of Akbar Birbal stories. The show we will be talking about today is a comedy based on the stories of Akbar and Birbal. So you can say that it's the same characters with the same stories but with a rather comedic twist. So let us take you on a walkthrough of Akbar Birbal cast, characters, stories etc.

About Akbar Birbal tv show

Akbar Birbal is an Indian TV show in the Hindi language that first aired on the Big magic channel. It is a historical comedy genre show having a total of 5 seasons. Akbar Birbal Cast includes Kiku Sharda and Vishal Kotian in the titular roles of Akbar and Birbal along with a massive supporting cast. The show's main concept is the portrayal of the popular Indian folklore of the same name in a comedic and unique way.

The series is produced under Sagar Pictures and the producer of the show is Nikhil Sinha. This show first aired on 28th April 2014. The length of each episode is about 20-25 minutes. Paritosh Painter and Timir Baxi are the creators of the show.

The story is inspired by the historical relationship between the Mughal emperor Akbar and one of his favourite courtesans Birbal. And is based on the various stories that are already very popular in Indian society as bedtime stories, moral stories etc.

Akbar Birbal cast

The lifeblood of any good movie or show is its characters and the prime requirement of any character is a good actor to accept it. And Akbar Birbal tv show is accurate in both respects.

Following are the cast and characters of the Akbar Birbal show;

Main cast

  • Kiku Sharda plays King Akbar
  • Vishal Kotian plays Birbal
  • Kishwer Merchant is Urvashi
  • Delnaaz Irani as Queen Jodha Bai
  • Pragati Mehra also as Rani Sahiba or Jodha Bai 
  • Thakur Anoop Singh is Sharafat Khan or Mullah Do Piyaza
  • Sunil Chauhan plays Wazeer-e-Azam Rana Baldev
  • Pawan Singh is Prince Salim
  • Sumit Arora is Vasudev
  • Farzill Pardiawalla plays Tansen
  • Rimpi Das as Anarkali
  • Yashkant Sharma is Raja Darban aka. Rajjah 

Supporting Akbar Birbal cast

  • Kunika Lal is Rani Durgavati
  • Mohit Abrol / Gaurav Sharma as Turram Khan
  • Sara Khan as Shaila Bano
  • Rohit Khurana as Viraat
  • Ram Awana as Hakim or Raja Aloknath and Moonga

Akbar Birbal TV show story

The story of the show or the plot of its episodes is heavily based on the popular folklore and the stories already present in it. But not even for a moment does it happen to bore you or make you feel distracted from the message from that tale. The episodes give you a good chuckle as well as an insightful experience of life & its various situations.

Akbar birbal serial old 

Now, this serial is quite new and mainstream already but do you know that the first tv show about this story was made by Doordarshan. It was the first instance where the tale of Akbar and Birbal was told in live-action format on television. Even though today's Akbar Birbal tv show is more popular, the old one still stands strong for its timelessness and quality.


Most of us grew up reading the amazing and funny stories of Akbar and Birbal and in all fairness, they were not just stories but they were kind of a guide for us back then, Giving us a faint idea of what's right and what's wrong. And seeing the same beloved stories come out on the screens is always very delightful.

Thus, in our opinion, the show is a very entertaining watch that you can enjoy with your whole family too. Akbar Birbal cast does a fine job with their acting skills and the stories and characters are well tied together. The final word, it is a worthy watch.

Related queries

Where to watch Akbar Birbal tv show ?

On zee5 for free.

Birbal ka real name?

Mahesh das.

Akbar birbal cast main role ?

Kiku sharda and vishal Kotian, as akbar & Birbal.

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