Maharani is an 2021 Indian Hindi-language drama streaming television series created by Subhash Kapoor. Season 1 of the series is directed by Karan Sharma and Season 2 is directed by Ravindra Gautam.
The series stars Huma Qureshi as the protagonist along with Sohum Shah, Amit Sial, Kani Kusruti and Inaamulhaq. The political multi-seasons series is partly inspired by what happened in Bihar in the 1990s when Lalu Prasad Yadav made his homemaker wife Rabri Devi his successor.
Maharani premiered on SonyLIV on 28 May 2021.
The teaser of the second season was launched on 16 July 2022 and the trailer was released on 1 August 2022.
The second season was launched on 25 August 2022 on SonyLIV.
This is a fictional story, where Rani Bharti is a homemaker and the wife of Bihar’s chief minister Bheema. All she cares about is her house and her husband. She wants to pack her bags and go back to the village after her husband resigns from the post of Bihar’s CM. But her life takes a turn when her husband and Bihar’s CM is made to announce the name of his successor. While his party members look excited to hear who has been appointed, he makes Rani his successor, leaving everyone surprised.
After being shot, the Bihar CM Bheema Bharti unexpectedly names his wife Rani as his successor. An uneducated woman who was content with her simple ways of living and her regular family life has to now deal with government files she couldn’t read, corruption, and caste massacres within the state. With the caste arithmetic, traditional satraps, and the emerging voices of dissent, will an illiterate woman, Rani Bharti survive this?
As Bheema Bharti runs a proxy government from prison, CM Rani Bharti is accused of misgovernance while Bihar fights anti-incumbency, jungle raj, and corruption. Lawlessness has gripped the state of Bihar and the opposition holds Rani responsible for the state’s ‘jungle raj’.
Facing a constant turmoil of opposition from her own party and dealing with a husband and political enemies who are obstinately plotting to overthrow her government, she is forced to make some moves that will disrupt the whole political scenario. With elections right around the corner, will Rani’s acumen turn victorious, given her own husband is her greatest enemy?
Huma Qureshi as Rani Bharti, wife of Bihar’s chief minister Bheema
Sohum Shah as Bihar’s chief minister Bheema Bharti
Amit Sial as Navin Kumar
Pramod Pathak as Satyendranath Mishra
Kani Kusruti as Kaveri Sridharan, Rani’s secretary
Inaamulhaq as Parvez Alam
Vineet Kumar as Gauri Shankar Pandey
Tanu Vidyarthi as Khyati
Harish Khanna as Shankar Mahto
Neha Chauhan as Kalpana Kaul
Mohammad Aashiq Hussain as Prem Kumar Chaubey
Sushil Pandey as Kunwar Singh
Kannan Arunachalam as DGP Siddhant Gautam
Atul Tiwari as Governor Goverdhan Daas
Pankaj Jhaa as Diwakar
Anuja Sathe as Kirti Singh
Anushka Kaushik as Shilpa Agarwal
Sukumar Tudyu as Dulari Yadav
Robin Das as Ekkal Munda
Ashiq Hussain as Prem Kumar
Ansha Sayyed as Sanjana Dutt
Dibyendu Bhattacharya as Martin Ekka
Kumar Saurabh as Sanyasi Rai
Pranay Narayan as Kamta Prasad
Agasthya Shanker as Jagganath Tripathi
There is anarchy in Bihar, and Bheema runs a proxy government from prison. In response to a tragedy in Bihar, the opposition labels Rani’s administration “Jungle Raj” and calls for her resignation.
As Rani works to end the state’s “Jungle Raj,” the MLAs from her own party turn against her. To plan their next move, Govardhan Das and Navin Kumar meet to discuss their next step.
Bheema exits jail and requests Rani’s resignation. Rani’s political move surprises her husband, and also the opposition.
Rani intends to fight Navin’s political maneuver. This political unrest presents Bheema with a chance to advance his political career in Bihar.
Bihar is gripped by a violent uprising that quickly spreads. On the personal front, Rani’s heart is broken by a disclosure made by Prem Kumar, who is on bail.
Rani struggles to adjust to her new situation. Bheema establishes a new political party when the results are announced. Govardhan tells Rani the truth about the riots and the bombing.
Elections are held, and people vote. Who will be Bihar’s next chief minister? Rani Bharti, Bheema Bharti or Navin Kumar?
Bheema hosts a Holi party and invites newly elected RJSP and BVP MLAs to form a government.
Martin Ekka is selected to lead a three-member committee investigating an untimely death. The state is under President’s control. Mishra chooses to solve the problem on his own.
Martin meets with Rani to reveal the truth about the unexpected death of someone close to her.