Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat
Chakravartin Ashoka samrat (English: The Great Emperor Ashoka) is a 2015 Indian historical drama serial, that aired on Colors TV from 2015 to 2016. The show was created and written by author and screenwriter Faizan Muhammad. It stars Mohit Raina as Ashok while Siddharth Nigam portrayed the young version of the character.
|Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat|
|Created by||Ashok Banker|
|Written by||Ashok Banker|
|Directed by||Prasad Gavandi|
|Creative director(s)||Jitendra Srivastava, Nafees Khan|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||442|
|Producer(s)||Abhimanyu Raj Singh |
|Production location(s)||Karjat, Raigad district, Maharashtra, India|
|Running time||Approx. 20 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Contiloe Entertainment|
|Original network||Colors TV|
|Picture format||576i SDTV|
|Original release||2 February 2015 –|
7 October 2016
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. 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. The serial ended on 7 October 2016.
- 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.
- Siddharth Nigam as young Prince Ashoka.
- 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.
- Reem Sheikh as young Princess Kaurwaki.
- 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.
- Sumedh Mudgalkar as young Prince Sushim.
- 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. 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. A lightman died on the set in April 2015.
Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat was promoted on the comedy show Comedy Nights with Kapil on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri in February 2015 A game app "Ashoka:The Game" was launched by Colors TV in April 2015.
|2015||Indian Telly Award||Best Child Actor
|Best Historical/Mythological Series||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama)
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama)
|Zee Gold Awards||Best Historical show||Won|
|Best Actor (Debut)
|Television Style Award||Most Stylish Debut
|Best Costume Female
|BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Television Actor (Female)
|Most Entertaining Television Actor (Male)
|Most Entertaining Television Fiction Show||Nominated|
|2016||Golden Petal Awards||Best Parivaar
|Favourite Child Actor
|Favourite Child Actress
(Reem Sameer Saikh)
|Rising Debut Male
|Zee Gold Awards||Best Supporting Actor (Male)
|Best Supporting Actor (Female)
|Best Actor In A Negative Role (Female)
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."
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."
Additionally it has been known to imitate its style and fictional characters from Game of Thrones.
In Myanmar, it airs under the title "ဘုန်းမီးနေလ မဟာအသောက" on 5 plus. In Cambodia, it airs under the title ព្រះបាទអសោក on Cambodian Television Network. In Indonesia, it began airing under the title, Ashoka on 11 May 2015 on antv. In Sri Lanka, it airs under the title, Adiraja Dharmashoka on TV Derana. in Thailand, it airs under the title, อโศกมหาราช on Channel 3 Family in Vietnam it airs under the title, Ashoka Đại Đế on THVL1 at 12h00 trưa in India the Tamil version airs under the title, Chakravarthy Ashokar on Colors Tamil in Ghana under the title Ashoka Samrat on Joy Prime.
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