Shanti - Ek Aurat Ki Kahani is an Indian television series that aired on DD National in 1994, and was later shown on Indian television channel STAR Plus. The series stars Mandira Bedi as Shanti in the main lead. The show is one of the first Indian television drama series, has received a considerable cult status and is considered a classic.
The story begins with two friends of the biggest Bollywoodproduction house in the country. Two friends - Kamesh Mahadevan and Raj G.J. Singh writer, directors and producers live in the lavish Shanti Mansion. Behind the walls of Shanti Mansion lie dark secrets of the past lives of both the friends.
Every character has a past and has something hidden, it all gets revealed when Shanti, an aspiring journalist hoping to write the biographies of Kamesh and Raj, arrives. The duo they only approve of a movie when it is appreciated by the servants of the house and tell of how they went from rags to riches.
Then are shown the family members, Kamesh's eldest son Ramesh is mentally challenged. Younger son Somesh is a failing director struggling over the script which gets rejected even by his own father. His wife Ayesha is the daughter of a film producer whose career was ruined by the duo. His adopted daughter Nidhi was revealed to be the illegitimate daughter of Kamesh. Raj's wife took to Ashrams and Sadhus, while his youngest son Nihal returns with an American white friend Michelle, who accidentally revealed that she is his wife. His elder daughter Maya is drawn to depression by her mother's absence, while his womanizer elder son Rohan is forced to marry a model Sasha after she threatens to come out to the press.
All this is witnessed by Shanti who too has a shady past, because one of them is her real father. Shanti's mother was a laborer working during the construction of Shanti Mansion who was raped by both Kamesh and Raj.