Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat

Chakravartin Ashoka samrat (English: The Great Emperor Ashoka) is a 2015 Indian historical drama serial,[2] that aired on Colors TV from 2015 to 2016.[3][4] The show was created and written by author and screenwriter Faizan Muhammad.[5][6] It stars Mohit Raina as Ashok[7][8] while Siddharth Nigam portrayed the young version of the character.[9][10][11]

Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat
GenreHistorical drama
Created byAshok Banker
Written byAshok Banker
Directed byPrasad Gavandi
Creative director(s)Jitendra Srivastava, Nafees Khan
Starring
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes442[1]
Production
Producer(s)Abhimanyu Raj Singh
Rupali Singh
Production location(s)Karjat, Raigad district, Maharashtra, India
CinematographyDeepak Pandey
Running timeApprox. 20 minutes
Production company(s)Contiloe Entertainment
Release
Original networkColors TV
Picture format576i SDTV
1080i HDTV
Original release2 February 2015 (2015-02-02) 
7 October 2016 (2016-10-07)
External links
Website

Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat is based on the life of Ashoka (304–232 BCE), the third emperor of the Mauryan dynasty of India. How he faced the problems outside and inside Magadha and then become ruler of Magadha.[6][12][13][14][15] The historical drama was produced by Contiloe Entertainment, and directed by Prasad Gavandi. The show premiered on 2 February 2015 with 1 hour telecast duration for first 20 episodes.[16][17][18] The serial ended on 7 October 2016.[19]

Cast

Main cast

  • Mohit Raina as Chakravartin Samrat Ashoka-Third Mauryan Emperor; Devi's husband; Mahendra & Sanghimitra's father; Vit's brother and Samrat Bindusara and Chief Rani Dharma's first son.
  • Kajol Srivastava as Queen Devi- Ashoka's wife, Mahendra and Sanghimitra's mother and Dhaniram's daughter.
  • Soumya Seth as Rajkumari Kaurwaki-Ashoka's lover; Jagnnath and Vasudha’s daughter.

Recurring

  • Arhaan Behl as Chandragupt Maurya (cameo)-Durdhara and Helena's husband and Justin and Bindusara’s father.
  • Suzanne Bernert as Rajmata Helena-Chandragupta’s second wife, Justin's mother and Selecus's daughter. She killed her own son, Justin and she is killed by Siayamak.|Main Villain/Vamp (393 episodes as per IMDb)
  • Sameer Dharmadhikari as Samrat Bindusara-Chandragupta and Durdhara's son; Charumitra, Dharma and Subrasi's husband; Sushim, Ashoka, Dhrupad and Vit’s father.
  • Prinal Oberoi as Queen Charumitra-Bindusara's first wife and Sushim’s mother.
  • Pallavi Subhash as Head Queen Dharma/Shubhadrangi-Samrat Bindusara's beloved second wife and Ashoka and Vit’s mother.
  • Unknown as Prince Vitashoka-Ashoka's brother and Samrat Bindusara and Chief Rani Dharma's second son.
  • Preet Kaur Madhan as Queen Subrasi-Bindusara's fourth wife and Dhrupad's mother.
  • Ayaan Zubair Rahmani as Rajkumar Dhrupad-Samrat Bindusara and Rani Subrasi's son.
  • Sumit Kaul as Prince Justin-Chandragupta and Helena's son, Noor's secret husband, Siayamak's father and Bindusara's half brother.
  • Ankita Sharma as Noor-Justin's secret wife, Siayamak's mother and officially known as Bindusara's third wife(Queen Noor).
  • Ankit Arora as Prince Sushim-Bindusara and Charumitra’s son;Chanda's husband.
  • Alefia Kapadia as Rani Vasudha-Queen of Kalinga, Jagannath's wife and Kaurwaki's mother.
  • Yashashri Masurkar as Princess Agnishikha-Shaktiraaj's daughter, Ahankara's cousin sister and Justin's ex suitor.
  • Tapasya Nayak Srivastava as Rani janahjanthi(also called mehera)Queen of Ujjain,mahanandha's wife and niharikha Ahankara's mother.
  • Heena Parmar as Princess Chanda-Siayamak’s wife.
  • Tej Sapru as Seleucus I Nicator-Helena's father, Justin's grandfather and Siamak's great-grandfather.
  • Vikrant Chaturvedi as Senapati Mir Khorasan-Noor's father and Siayamak's grandfather.
  • Manoj Joshi as Acharya Chanakya-Guru of Chandragupta Maurya, Bindusara and Ashoka.
  • Manoj Kolhatkar as Amatya Khallatak-Sushim’s supportive minister but later on becomes Ashoka’s minister.
  • Dakssh Ajit Singh as Mahaamatya Radhagupt-Ashoka’s Prime Minister and Chanakya’s grandson.
    • Jitendra Bohra as Young Radhagupt.
  • Sachin Verma as Acharya Akramak-Ashoka’s guru in Royal Academy.
  • Rajesh Khera as Acharya Devavrath-Ashoka's guru in Taxilla.
  • Shailesh Dattar as Amatya Ugarsain-He supported Justin and Helena but later killed by a spy of Helena and Justin.
  • Amit Behl as Amatya Rakshas-He helps Helena first to make Justin sit on the throne then he use Keechak to kill Mauryas and to make Siayamak the new Samrat.
  • Sonal Parihar as Nirjhara-Ishwari's sister and Chanakya's spy who presented in court instead of Rani Dharma.
  • Parveen Kaur as Kasturi-Chanakya's spy.
  • KK Goswami as Varahmir-He helps Helena and Rajajiraj making Lakshagraha. He is killed by Justin.
  • Rumi Khan as Daastan-Noor’s ex lover and ex suitor. Noor joins hands with him to make Siayamak sit on throne. He is killed by Ashoka.
  • Harsh Khurana as Uttar-Kondana's(Helena's) right hand. He commits suicide.
  • Sudhanshu Pandey as Raja Keechak-Vasantsena's brother, Sudama's son and Bahamani's husband and a ruthless ruler of Taxilla who is killed by Ashoka.
  • Monica Sehgal as Rani Bahamani-Keechak's wife later ruler of Taxilla.
  • Anand Goradia as Agnibahu-Keechak's treasurer.

Production and promotion

The set was erected in Karjat. The show was produced by Contiloe Entertainment.[20] A team of at least 500 people worked on the series. Episodes were shot across Jaisalmer, Kerala, Mumbai's Film City and Karjat. A battle of Buzkashi ("goat dragging" sport) on horses was also recreated.[3] A lightman died on the set in April 2015.[21]

Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat was promoted on the comedy show Comedy Nights with Kapil on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri in February 2015[22] A game app "Ashoka:The Game" was launched by Colors TV in April 2015.[23][24]

Awards

Year Award show Category Result
2015 Indian Telly Award Best Child Actor
(Siddhart Nigam)
Won[25]
Best Historical/Mythological Series Nominated[26]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama)
(Sameer Dharmadhikari)
Nominated[26]
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama)
(Pallavi Subhash)
Nominated[26]
Zee Gold Awards Best Historical show Won[27]
Best Actor (Debut)
(Siddhart Nigam)
Won
Television Style Award Most Stylish Debut
Siddharth Nigam
Won[28]
Best Costume Female
Suzanne Bernert
Nominated[29]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Television Actor (Female)
(Pallavi Subhash)
Nominated
Most Entertaining Television Actor (Male)
(Siddhart Nigam)
Nominated
Most Entertaining Television Fiction Show Nominated
2016 Golden Petal Awards Best Parivaar
(Contilow Entertainment)
Won[30]
Favourite Child Actor
(Siddharth Nigam)
Won
Favourite Child Actress
(Reem Sameer Saikh)
Nominated[31]
Rising Debut Male
(Siddhart Nigam)
Nominated
Best Show Nominated
Zee Gold Awards Best Supporting Actor (Male)
(Sameer Dharmadhikari)
Nominated[32]
Best Supporting Actor (Female)
(Pallavi Subhash)
Nominated
Best Actor In A Negative Role (Female)
(Prinal Oberoi)
Nominated

Critical reception

The Times of India praised Ashok Banker's reconstruction filled historical gaps and stated that they provide "interesting fictional turns" for the show.[33]

Bollywood Life reviewer, Letty Mariam Abraham, gave the show 3 out of 5 stars; praising the sets, visual effects and production value of the show. She further heaped praise on child prodigy Siddharth Nigam as "undoubtedly a brilliant actor"; stating that "his agile body makes him the perfect actor for the role." Abraham gave her final verdict as "the show looks promising but has a lot of scope for improvement. I'd recommend that people watch this historical drama for Siddharth Nigam and the special effects of the show."[34]

India.com reviewer, Prathamesh Jadhav, stated "going by the opening episode we must confess that this elaborate drama looks rather promising with its interesting tale." He further stated, "What we liked though is the visuals and the diligence that has been put in by the special effects and VFX team. The work is seriously commendable." He gave his final verdict as "going by what we have seen [in] it one must admit that the show looks promising with its actors, its sets and the details that have gone into making a tele-series of this nature."[35]

Additionally it has been known to imitate its style and fictional characters from Game of Thrones.

International broadcast

See also

References

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