Porus (TV series)

Porus is a historical drama television series based on the Battle of the Hydaspes, visualizing the lives of Indian warrior and ruler Porus, King of the Pauravas and Alexander The Great, King of the Macedonian Empire. It premiered on 27 November 2017 on Sony TV. It aired its last episode on 13 November 2018. Another historical drama Chandragupta Maurya replaced it with seamless continuity of story.

  • Historical Fiction
  • Drama
Created bySiddharth Kumar Tewary
Screenplay bySiddharth Kumar Tewary
Story by
Composer(s)Sangeet Haldipur
Siddharth Haldipur
Suryaraj Kamal
Lenin Nandi
Raju Singh
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes249
Producer(s)Siddharth Kumar Tewary
Rahul Kumar Tewary
Gayatri Gill Tewary
Production location(s)Thailand
Umargam, Gujarat
CinematographyKabir Lal
Editor(s)Janak Chauhan
Anil Vaishya
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20-30 minutes
Production company(s)One Life Studios
DistributorSwastik Productions[1]
Budget500 crore (US$72 million)
Original networkSony Entertainment Television
Picture format
Original release27 November 2017 (2017-11-27) 
13 November 2018 (2018-11-13)
Followed byChandragupta Maurya
External links
Production website

The show is created by Siddharth Kumar Tewary of Swastik Productions.[2][3] It is the most expensive show on Indian television, having a budget of about INR 500 crores (roughly USD 70 million).[4] In Sri Lanka, it airs on Sirasa TV, dubbed into Sinhala under the name Digvijaya.[5] The rights to the drama have also been sold to Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.[6] It is also dubbed in Tamil as Maaveeran which currently airs on Sun Life channel,Sun TV network from October 2018 onwards.The Malayalam version is titled Porus which currently airs on Surya TV from January 2019.


The drama focuses on the story of Porus and Alexander. They show that they were destined to meet. Porus grows up as a tribal, but finally realises what he actually is - The true succeessor of the throne of Paurava (Punjab). Porus exposed Darius III in front of everyone, who had actually come to take control of Punjab to gain huge profits by trade. On the other hand, the serial shows how Alexander yearned to become one of the greatest kings of the world.

Porus married his love interest Lachi, and at the same time, got to know about Alexander's entry into India. His rival, Ambhiraj, king of Takshashila, befriends Alexander to take revenge from them.

However, Porus does not fear fighting Alexander, and hence, starts the epic Battle of the Hydaspes, wherein Porus fights very bravely but loses almost his whole family in the battle. After Porus's loss, Alexander, impressed by his valour and courage, befriends Porus and leaves India, leaving Seleucus and Ambhikumar, son of Ambhiraj, enraged.

Alexander dies on his way back to Greece, whereas the heir of Porus, Malayketu is born. However, Seleucus and Ambhikumar assassinate Porus and Lachi, but Porus sends his son safe into the Jhelum river before dying.

Now, it is upon Chanakya (who was with Porus) to fulfill Porus's dream of a free India.





The show was hailed as 'visually captivating' by India Today.[36]

Pinkvilla called it the television version of the film Baahubali.[37]


Porus, being a finite series went off-air on 13 November 2018. Even before the end of the series, production house Swastik Pictures decided to tell the story of Chandragupta Maurya through a new show on Sony TV which replaced Porus and aired on the same time slot. Many key characters of Porus like Chanakya, Dhananand, Amatya Rakshas reprised their roles in the new show with the same actors portraying them. The new show Chandragupt Maurya was in seamless continuity with the ending of Porus. It went on-air on 14 November 2018 and off-air on 30 August 2019 after completing it's stoty. Sourabh Raj Jain, who portrayed the character of Dhana Nanda in Porus reprised the role, but as the main antagonist of the show whereas Tarun Khanna reprised his role of Chanakya as an protagonist and Nimai Bali as Amatya Rakshas.[38]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2018 Lions Gold Awards Favorite Actress of the Year (Critics)[39] Rati PandeyWon
Favorite Actor of the Year[39] Laksh LalwaniWon
2018 Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Telenova/Soap[40] One Life Studios Won
2018 Asian Academy Creative Awards Best VFX[40] One Life Studios Nominated
2018 Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Theme Song[40] Porus Nominated
2018 Indian Telly Technical Awards Best VFX[41] One Life Studios Won
2018 Indian Telly Technical Awards Best Costumes[41] Ketki Dalal Won
2018 Indian Telly Technical Awards Best Director[41] Siddharth Kumar Tewary Won
2018 Indian Telly Technical Awards Best Screenplay Writer[41] Siddharth Kumar Tewary, Medha Jadav Won
2018 Indian Telly Technical Awards Best Sound(Fiction)[41] Raghu Hegde Won
2019 Asian Television Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role[42] Laksh Lalwani Nominated
2019 Asian Television Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role[42] Rohit Purohit Nominated
2019 Asian Television Awards Best Director[43] Siddharth Kumar Tewary Won

Global Distribution

Porus is the first Global TV series of India. Produced by One Life Studios, Porus has been distributed to over 11 countries and 14 territories. One Life Studios has licensed Porus in Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, and Myanmar in a deal with JKN Global Media, and in Indonesia in a licensing deal with Soraya Intercine Films.[44] The show has also been sold to Thailand. It has been dubbed in Sinhala and launched as 'Digvijaya' in Sri Lanka.[45] The show has been dubbed in English, Thai, Malay and Burmese.[46] Recently, Porus became the first Indian drama series to reach Japan. It has been launched on the digital platform Hulu.[47]

See also

List of programs broadcast by Sony Entertainment Television


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