Chandra Nandini is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language drama television series which started airing on Star Plus on 10 October 2016. It is produced by Ekta Kapoor under her banner Balaji Telefilms and is directed by Ranjan Kumar Singh. Starring Rajat Tokas as Chandragupta Maurya and Shweta Basu Prasad as a princess Nandni, the story-line is based on the life of Chandragupta Maurya.
|Created by||Ekta Kapoor|
|Based on||Chandragupta Maurya|
|Written by||R M Joshi|
|Directed by||Ranjan Kumar Singh|
Shweta Basu Prasad
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||286|
|Production location(s)||Mumbai, India|
|Running time||22 minutes approx.|
|Production company(s)||Balaji Telefilms|
|Original network||Star Plus|
|Original release||10 October 2016 –|
10 November 2017
The story is about Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Mauryan empire, a great warrior and ruler, known for uniting the Indian sub-continent. However, the show focuses on his love story with a princess named Nandni. The show starts with a voice over of mother India saying about Chandragupta Maurya and Nandini. Suryagupta Maurya and Moora the parents of chandra have their romance. An invitation comes from Magadh for a festival. When they go there queen, Avantika of Magadh cheating her husband loves a barber named Nanda. When Suryagupta finds it, Nanda kills the king of Magadh. Nanda kills Suryagupta but Suryagupta saves his wife.She gives birth to a boy.
While the character of Chandragupta and some of the wars and conflicts shown are almost historically accurate, the character of Princess Nandni of Magadha itself along with her twin Roopa is considered completely fictional by many sources. Most historians said, Chandragupta married only twice, first to Durdhara who died while giving birth to Bindusara and years after he was married to daughter of Seleucus I Nicator (Helena as per the show) in a war-peace treaty. Queen Nandni as per the show is described as daughter of the real Mahapadma Nanda which is contradicted as there is no historical evidence. It has been said Nandni's characterization is based upon most of Durdhara character derived from historical texts, novelization and poetries. However there are several historical sources have been mentioned the existence of Queen Nandni, among them one evidence has found in 350 BC Greek Historian Megasthenes' book called Indika as he served as an Ambassador in Royal Court of Chandragupta Maurya. According to this Book Queen Nidarus (presumably Greek accent of Nandni) was Mahapadma Nanda/Dhana Nand's daughter who was given to Samrat Chandragupta as a war-peace treaty. In that book, she is mentioned as a great warrior and a leader.
Another major evidence has found in 12th-century Sanskrit Mahakavya (Epic) Parishishtaparvan by Hemachandra which details the histories of the earliest kingdom and its kings such as Shrenika, Kunika, Udayin also describe about the growth of the kingdom of Magadha and the establishment of the Maurya Empire,the nine Nandas, Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka, and Samprati. Queen Nandni is mentioned in VIII.320 that When the deposed king Nanda was allowed by Chanakya to leave Patliputra along with his one daughter and two wives he has given permission to her daughter Nandni to marry Chandragupta Maurya.
- Rajat Tokas as Chandragupta Maurya -Emperor of Magadha; Helena, Durdhara and Nandini’s husband; Adonis, Bindusara and Elis’s father; Charumati & Dharma's father-in-law(2016-2017)
- Shweta Basu Prasad as Chief Queen Nandini-Mahapadma Nanda's daughter and Chandragupta Maurya's third wife/ Roopa, Nandni's estranged twin. (2016–17)
- Tanu Khan as Former Chief Queen Helena, - Seleucus I Nicator and Apama’s daughter, Chandragupta's first wife, Adonis and Elis’s mother.(2016–17)
- Saanvi Talwar as Queen Durdhara- Bindusara’s mother; Chandragupta's second wife; Charumati & Dharma's mother-in-law; She is killed by Helena. (deceased) (2016–17)
- Manoj Kolhatkar as Acharya Chanakya, Guru of Chandragupta Maurya and Prime Minister of Magadha.(2016 -17)
- Siddharth Nigam as Crown Prince Bindusara-Emperor Chandragupta Maurya and Empress Durdhara’s son; Nandini & Helena’s step son; Charumati & Dharma's husband.(2017)
- Prerna Sharma as Dharma/Chief Queen Dharma, Bindusara's 2nd wife. (2017)
- Alexx O'Nell as Alexander the Great (2016)
- Arpit Ranka as Mahapadma Nanda-former Emperor of Magadha and Nandini’s father. (deceased) (2016–17)
- Mansi Sharma as Avantika-former Empress of Magadha, Mahapadma Nanda's second wife and mother of Nandni, Roopa and their nine brothers. (2016–17)
- Vidya Sinha as Senior Queen- Sonarika’s mother, Chandragupta's grandmother. (2016 –17)
- Papiya Sengupta as Rajmaata Mura-Chandragupta's mother; Helena, Durdhara and Nandini’s mother-in-law and Justin(Adonis), Bindusara and Elis’s grandmother. (2016–17)
- Avneet Kaur as Princess Charumati;Bindusara's first wife; Chandragupta's daughter-in-law.(2017)
- Rushiraj Pawar as Sona Nanda-Dhana Nanda's son. (2016)
- Ahad Ali Aamir as Rajkumaar Bandhir. (2017)
- Abhishek Nigam as Prince Bhadraketu-Parvatak Malayketu and Princess Chhaaya’s son, nephew of Chandragupta, chitralekha's husband. (2017)
- Pragati Chourasiya as Chitralekha-Princess of Champanagar and wife of Bhadraketu. (2017)
- Gautam Nain as Prince Adonis, Chandragupta and Helena’s son. (2017)
- Nirisha Basnett as Princess Elis- Chandragupta Maurya And Empress Helena’s daughter and Kartikey’s wife. (2017)
- Sheezan K as Kartikay-Prince of Champanagar, husband of Elis.(2017)
- Charmi Dhami As Princess Tilottama-Maadhav and Maalti’s daughter. (2017)
- Lavina Tandon as Mohini-an Enchantress. (2017)
- Athar Siddiqui as Bheem Dev-Mohini's husband. (2017)
- Pooja Banerjee as Princess Vishaka (Vishkanya).(2017)
- Sheeba Chaddha as Apama- former Queen of Greece and Helena's mother. (2016–17),
- Chetan Hansraj as Prince Parvatak Malayketu-Princess Chhaaya's second husband. (2016–17)
- Sanjeev Siddharth as Amaatya Rakshas-Mahapadma Nanda's Prime minister. (2016)
- Rohit Choudhary as Vakranas.(2016)
- Urfi Javed / Piya Valecha as Princess Chhaaya-Chandragupta's sister. (2016–17)
- Ishaan Singh Manhas as Satyajeet-Chhaaya's first husband. (deceased) (2016)
- Lokesh Batta as Prince Dhana Nanda-Mahapadma Nanda's son.(deceased) (2016)
- Danish Bagga as Pandugrath-Mahapadma Nanda's seemingly mentally disabled son. (deceased) (2016–17)
- Geetanjali Mishra as Empress Sunanda-Mahapadma Nanda's first wife. (2016–17)
- Vibhuti Thakur as Kanika-Chandragupta's foster mother. (2016–17)
- Jineet Rath as young Chandragupta Maurya. (2016)
- Angel Roopchandani as young Nandini.(2016)
- Kristian Hedegaard Petersen as Seleucus I Nikator
- Andrea Ravera as Megasthenes
- Khushboo Shroff as Gautami
- Aankkur Malhotra as King Ambhi (2016)
- Ayaan Zubair Rahmani as Young Bindusara (2017)
- Maahi as Baby Bindusara (2017)
- Shikha Singh as a Princess (cameo role) (2016)
- Garima Arora as Madhuram
- Vikash Singh Rajput
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