Chandragupta Maurya (2018 TV series)

Chandragupta Maurya is an Indian historical television show that aired on Sony TV from 14 November 2018 to 30 August 2019.[3] The show is based on the life of Chandragupta Maurya, the first Mauryan Emperor and founder of the Maurya Empire.[4] The show is produced by Siddharth Kumar Tewary's One Life Studios.[5][6]

Chandragupta Maurya
  • Historical Fiction
  • Drama
Created bySiddharth Kumar Tewary
Screenplay byMedha Jadhav
Directed byJ.P. Sharma
Sumit Thakur
Creative director(s)Abhishek Sarkar
Composer(s)Sangeet Haldipur
Siddharth Haldipur
Suryaraj Kamal
Lenin Nandi
Raju Singh
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes208
Producer(s)Gayatri Gill Tewary
Rahul Kumar Tewary
Siddharth Kumar Tewary
Production location(s)Umargam, Gujarat, India
Editor(s)Tarun Sunil Babbar
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20-40 Minutes
Production company(s)One Life Studios
DistributorSwastik Productions[1]
Original networkSony Entertainment Television
Picture format
Original release14 November 2018 (2018-11-14) 
30 August 2019 (2019-08-30)[2]
Preceded byPorus
External links

The show is a seamless continuation of One Life Studio's earlier show Porus.[7]


The show takes off exactly where the story of Porus ended and starts with Chandragupta Maurya as a slave. The show focuses on Chanakya insulted by Dhananand, his pledge to not to tie his knot until he destroys the Nanda Empire by dethroning Dhananand and make any deserving the emperor of Magadha as well as Akhand Bharat, identifying Chandragupta as the future king and save the people from the Dhananand. But for that, Chandragupta has to practice hard, sacrifice his loved ones to make up one of the greatest empires of India, the Mauryan Empire, along with starting and looking after a family with Durdhara. Chandragupta Maurya with the help of his mentor Chanakya, kills each and every aid of Dhananand with his constant efforts and attacks of Dhananand's empire and his ministers. With his continuous efforts, he dethrones Dhananand and establishes his Mauryan Empire. While doing so and after establishing Mauryan Empire, he also fights with Seleucus Nicator of Seleucid Empire, the former general of Alexander the Great. The show ends with Chanakya completing his pledge and tying his knot, with a message that he wants a Chandragupta in every citizen.


  • Faizal Khan as Chandragupta Maurya, former Prince of Piplivan, king of Magadha, first emperor of the Maurya Empire.[8][9]
  • Tarun Khanna as Chanakya, a scholar from Takshashila, Chandragupta's adviser, Prime Minister of Magadha.[13]
  • Dr. Aditi Sanwal as Durdhara, former Princess of Magadha, Chandragupta's wife and queen of Magadh.
    • Pranali Ghoghare as young Durdhara.
  • Sneha Wagh as Moora, former queen of Piplivan, Chandragupta's mother.[14][15]
  • Vishal Nayak as Chandravardhan Maurya, former king of Piplivan, Chandragupta's father.
  • Vikas Verma as Seleucus Nicator, Alexander the Great's former General, first emperor of the Seleucid Empire.
  • Saurabh Raj Jain as Dhana Nanda, king of Magadha, last emperor of Nanda Empire, sworn enemy of Chanakya.[16][17]
  • Nimai Bali as Amatya Rakshas, Prime Minister of Magadha.
  • Barkha Bisht Sengupta as Tarini, Dhana Nanda's wife and queen of Magadha. [18][19]
  • Brownie Parasher as Mahapadma Nanda, former King of Magadha, Dhana Nanda's father.
  • Dinesh Mehta as Pandup, Dhana Nanda's elder brother.
  • Vinit Kakaras Kaivarta, Dhana Nanda's elder brother.[20]
  • Munendra Singh kushwah as Pandugati, Dhana Nanda's elder brother.
  • ? as Bhootpal, Dhana Nanda's elder brother.
  • ? as Gauvi Shanka, Dhana Nanda's elder brother.
  • ? as Rashtrapal, Dhana Nanda's elder brother.
  • ? as Dashasiddhika, Dhana Nanda's elder brother.
  • Pragati Mehra as Dai Maa, Dhana Nanda's foster mother, Bhadrasaal and Shipra's mother.
  • Sumbul Touqueer as Shubhada, Sukhdev's daughter, Chandragupta's friend.
  • Abhilash Chaudhary as Agnimukh, an expert swordsman, former soldier in the Piplivan Army.
  • Harsh Mehta as Indrajanik, a magician and Chandragupta's friend.
  • Atharva Padhye as Dhoomketu, Chandragupta's friend.
  • Kaivalya Chheda as Sthoolbhadra, Chandragupta's friend.
    • Shayank Shukla as young Sthoolbhadra, Chandragupta's friend.
  • Sujeet Kumar as Bhairav, Chanakya's student .
  • Kamaljeet Rana as Bhadrasaal, Commander of the Magadha's Army.
  • Ankur Nayyar as Ambhiraj, King of Takshashila.[21]
  • Rohit Chandel as Ambhikumar, Ambhiraj's son and prince of Takshashila.
  • Raman Thukral as Malayketu, Purushottam's son, King of the Pauravas.
  • Simran Singh as Kshipra, Durdhara's slave.
  • Devesh Sharma as Martand, son of Jagat Jala and prince of Paraspura.
  • ? as Jagat Jala, head of Paraspura.
  • Yogesh Mahajan as Durgam Daga, brother of Jagat Jala.


The show was largely well-received. Writing for Zoom, Anusha Iyengar praised Sourabh Raj Jain's portrayal of Dhana Nanda and based on the first episode, wrote, "Chandragupta Maurya enjoys a good narration and a brilliant set design. The visuals are appealing and dialogues are even better."[22] However, Anil Merani for IWM Buzz pointed out that the makers had added lot of fiction to history, for there is no record to the link of Porus, Chanakya and Magadh.[23]


  1. "Content creators of Porus will keep show's IP rights, a first for television". 14 November 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. "Popular historical drama Chandragupta Maurya to go off air from August 30".
  3. "'Chandragupta Maurya' to end on August 30 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  4. Baddhan, Raj (23 October 2018). "'Chandragupta Maurya' to launch in November on Sony TV". BizAsia | Media, Entertainment, Showbiz, Events and Music. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  5. "Launch of Sony Entertainment Television's Chandragupta Maurya". IWMBuzz. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  6. "Siddharth Kumar Tewary's Chandragupta Maurya to present Chanakya Neeti lessons". Mumbai Live. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  7. (24 October 2018). "Sony TV brings history of Chandragupta Maurya after serial Porus ends". Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  8. "Faisal Khan shares his new look as Chandragupta Maurya; see pic - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  9. "After Maharana Pratap, Faisal Khan to play Chandragupta Maurya - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  10. "Chandragupta Maurya actor Kartikey Malviya: I couldn't have asked for a better childhood". The Indian Express. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  11. IANS (14 November 2018). "Kartikey Malviya is excited to play Chandragupta". Business Standard India. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  12. "Kartikey Malviya to play Chandragupta Maurya - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  13. DelhiMay 16, Indo-Asian News Service New; May 16, 2019UPDATED; Ist, 2019 11:33. "Chandragupta Maurya actor Tarun Khanna lost 8 kg in 20 days. Here's how". India Today. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  14. "Sneha Wagh replaces Shefali Sharma on Sony TV's Chandragupta Maurya". Mumbai Live. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  15. Sudra, Shyama (16 November 2018). "Shefali Sharma replaced in 'Chandragupta Maurya'". BizAsia | Media, Entertainment, Showbiz, Events and Music. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  16. "Chandragupta Maurya actor Sourabh Raaj Jain: Not money-minded as my character Dhananand". The Indian Express. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  17. "EXCLUSIVE | Sourabh Raaj Jain on playing a negative role in Chandragupta Maurya, 'I didn't say yes instantly'". Times Now News. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  18. DelhiJune 19, Indo-Asian News Service New; June 19, 2019UPDATED; Ist, 2019 10:25. "Naamakaran actress Barkha Bisht excited about her first historical show". India Today. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  19. "Barkha excited about her first historical show". The Hans India. 23 June 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  20. "Vinit Kakar wraps up shooting for 'Chandragupta Maurya' - Times of India". The Times of India.
  21. "Ankur Nayyar excited about working with Faisal again". Outlook India. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  22. Anusha Iyengar (15 November 2018). "Chandragupta Maurya review: Karthikey Malviya, Sourabh Raaj Jain grab all limelight in this historical drama". Zoom. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  23. Anil Merani (28 November 2018). "Review of Sony TV's Chandragupta Maurya: An acceptable fusion of history and fiction". IWM Buzz. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
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