Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat

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Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat
Chakravartin Ashoka.jpg
GenreHistorical Fiction
Drama
Created byAshok Banker
Written byAshok Banker
Directed byPrasad Gavandi
Creative director(s)Jitendra Srivastava, Nafees Khan
Starring
Opening themeAshoka Hai , Ashoka Tha
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes441[1]
Production
Producer(s)Abhimanyu 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 format
Original release2 February 2015 (2015-02-02) –
7 October 2016 (2016-10-07)
External links
Website

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

Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat was based on the life of King 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.[5][11][12][13][14] 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.[15][16][17] The serial ended on 7 October 2016.[18]

Plot[edit]

This series starts around the life and love of Ashoka's parents Dharma and Bindusara. Bindusara is the current king of Magadha and his step-mother conspires against him. Helena's men attack Bindusara and he is rescued by a beautiful and intelligent Brahmin woman named Dharma. Bindusara is amazed at her skills and falls in love with her and marries her. Dharma then conceives a child. Noor, another queen of Bindusara, and her father, Mir Khorasan, seek to destroy Dharma. Dharma gives birth to a son and names him as "Ashoka" (without grief).

14 years later[edit]

Later this story depicts the life of Ashoka, a fourteen year old child who overcomes obstacles with the help of Chanakya. Dharma does not allow Ashoka to know anything about his father. But Bindusara and Dharma, who somehow know the truth, reunite. Chanakya hopes that Ashoka will become the great ruler of Magadha in the future because of his altruism and his commitment to protect the motherland. But Ashoka, who has no desire for the throne, thinks that his brother Siamak will be the best ruler for Magadha. Meanwhile, Chanakya, along with his followers including Radhagupta, tries to defend the throne of Magadha from the conspiracies of Helena and other enemies. Helena thinks that Chanakya, who has pledged to protect the motherland, is a hindrance to her and uses tactics to destroy him. Meanwhile, Chanakya finds out that Charumitra has cast a spell on Dharma. Bindusara's eldest son, Prince Susima is angry with Chanakya for liking Ashoka more than himself. Bindusara's prime minister, Khallatak is also jealous of the fact that he has more faith in Chanakya than himself in solving the problems of Magadha. Because of this, Helena joins Charmitra, Sushim, and Khalath. Siamak, who believed Chanakya was responsible for the deaths of his parents (Justin and Noor), also joins the plot. Justin was killed due to the misunderstanding of destroying Magadh. He was getting married to a Ujjani Princess Aghnishika. Helena and her team put fire so that Bindusara can die, but gets saved by Ashoka. Ujjain princess Ahenkara who is forcefully engaged to Shushim (His former Love Interest), Shushim keeps torturing Ahenkara physically to accept his proposal and kidnaps Ahenkara's brother, Ashoka dresses up as Agradooth and saves their life which injures Sushim, this creates a rift between Bindusara and Ashoka. where Helena and her team Charumitra, Shushim, and other, all kill Chanakya together. Chanakya, who breathed his last, told Ashoka that the only way he could serve his motherland was to become the emperor of Magadha. Ashoka believes that Chanakya died not by accident but by a conspiracy of the enemies in Magadha. Ashoka then decides to become the emperor of Magadha, determined to punish the guilty. Meanwhile, Ashoka leaves for Thakshashila, who intends to end Keechak's evil rule, and he finally manages to win. There he meets Karuvaki, a Kalinga princess. Karuvaki's father, King Jagannath, is disappointed and the two form a strong friendship. Ashoka later visits Pataliputra and learns that his family members were also involved in Chanakya's death. In punishing the culprits, Ashoka and Bindusara clash, and Susima is injured. Angered, Bindusara deports Ashoka from Pataliputra. Seeking the protection of his son, Dharma also leaves with Ashoka and her newborn son. They come to Ujjain. This concludes this phase.

10 years later[edit]

The ruthless Ashoka, by the name of Chanda, stays with Dharma and his younger brother Vitashoka who nicknamed Vit at the house of Dhanisharam, a merchant in Ujjain. Dhanisharam's daughter, Devi cares so much Dharma and Vit. Meanwhile, Kaurvaki's only intention in Kalinga is to meet Ashoka. This angered her father, King Jagannath. This Bindusara forest has become cruel and rough. With the help of Charumithra's magic spells, Susima becomes even more powerful. Meanwhile, Ashoka and Susima unknowingly engage in a fight during a game. Dharma who comes with Vitashoka tries to prevent this. Everyone recognizes them. Bindusara forgives them and invites them to return to Pataliputra. Ashoka does not accept Bindusara's orders. Wandering in the jungle, he meets Kaurvaki. At the moment, Dharma is brave enough to face internal political struggles. Ashoka sees Nirankush and his associates torturing Devi and her father. But he is unable to capture Nirankush. Returning to Pataliputra, Ashoka tells Bindusara that slavery has been going on for the past 10 years. He reveals that a man named Kondna is behind this. One night, Siamak leaves for the night to meet Kondna. Kondna appears to be Helena. Ashoka uses his tactics to capture Kondna through Nirankush. Ashoka is unable to capture Kondna, and Nirankush escapes. However, he gets a hint that Kondna is a woman. Ashoka learns from Nirankush that the woman's name begins with the letter 'H'. Later, Ashoka realizes that Kondna is Helena. But no one believes it. Ashoka is sure that Kondna is Helena. He devises a plan to capture her and puts her in front of everyone. Ashoka and Lasandra (Helena's enemy) capture Helena and force Siamak to kill her.

Later,Ashoka and Kaurvaki get ready for marriage.Then Dharma and Devi meet an astrologer, who says that this marriage is full of many obstacles and that many innocent people will die in the battle of Kalinga. Frightened by this, Dharma decides to marry Devi instead of Ashoka and Kaurvaki. Jagannath tells Bindusara that Ashoka can marry Kaurvaki only if Bindusara gives Ashoka the crown. Bindusara agrees. On the day of the wedding, Ashoka finds out about this and he annuls the marriage between himself and Kaurvaki. Angered, Ashoka stabs Jagannath with a knife and injures him. Instead of Karuvaki, Ashoka marries Devi. But, On that night, Sushima kills Dharma with Siamak's help. Ashoka breaks down and finds a part of neckless while gathering her ash. After learning that the neckless part belongs to Siamak, Ashoka thinks that Siamak killed his mother. Siamak gathers soldiers to leave for Takshashila as governor. Ashoka returns to Pataliputra after killing Siamak. At present, Susima and Bindusara are more powerful. Jagannath accuses Ashoka of killing Karuvaki. But the goddess who finds Kaurvaki, Ashoka is rescued. While Karuvaki lies on the bed, Charumitra tries to stab her. But, Karuvaki regains consciousness and puts her in bed, and covers her. Sushim comes there and stabs unaware that it was Charumitra. After Bindusara's death, there is a battle between Susima and Ashoka. Sushim jumps into a fire pit. The Magadha Samrat is then enthroned as Ashoka Maurya while Devi and Karuvaki are Magadh Queens. The conversation ends with the Kalinga war.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Character Portrayed by Year Description
Chakravartin Samrat Ashoka Maurya aka Chand Mohit Raina 2016 Third Maurya Empire, Samrat Bindusara and Head Queen Dharma's first son; Vitashoka's brother; Susima and Drupad's half-brother who was Susima's enemy; Devi and Karuvaki's husband; Mahinda, Sanghamitta and Tivala's father.
Siddharth Nigam 2015-16 Young Prince Ashoka aka Vanaraj
Empress Devi Kajol Srivastav 2016 Dhaniram's daughter, Ashoka Maurya's first wife; Mahinda and Sanghamitta's mother.
Queen Karuvaki Soumya Seth 2016 Princess of Kalinga; Jagnnath and Vasudha's daughter, Ashoka Maurya's beloved second wife; Tivala's mother.
Reem Sheikh 2015-16 Young Princess Karuvaki
Head Queen Dharma Pallavi Subhash 2015-16 Samrat Bindusara Maurya's beloved second wife, Ashoka Maurya and Vitashoka's mother.
Prince Shushim Ankit Arora 2016 Samrat Bindusara and Charumitra's son, Ashoka, Vitashoka and Dhrupad's half- elder brother who was Ashoka's enemy, Ahenkara's former fiance; Chanda's husband.
Sumedh Mudgalkar 2015-16 Young Prince Shushim
Acharya Chanakya Manoj Joshi 2015 Guru of Chandragupta Maurya, Bindusara Maurya and Ashoka Maurya.

Supporting cast[edit]

Character Portrayed by Year Description
Rajmata Helena Maurya / Kondana Suzanne Bernert 2015-16 Chandragupta Maurya's the second wife; Justin's mother; Bindusara's step-mother; Seleucus I Nicator's daughter; Siamak's grandmother.
Samrat Bindusara Maurya Sameer Dharmadhikari 2015-16 Second Maurya Empire; Chandragupta Maurya and Durdhara's son; Helena's step-son; Justin's half-brother; Charumitra, Dharma, Noor and Subrasi's husband; Susima, Ashoka, Dhrupad and Vitashoka's father; Siamak's adopted father.
Prince Vitashoka aka Vit Dev Singhal 2016 Samrat Bindusara Maurya and Queen Dharma's second son; Ashoka Maurya's younger brother; Susima and Drupad's half - younger brother.
Empress Charumitra Prinal Oberoi 2015-16 Bindusara's first wife; Susima's mother; Chanda's mother-in-law.
Queen Subrasi Preet Kaur Madhan 2015-16 Bindusara's fourth wife; Dhrupad's mother.
Prince Dhrupad Maurya Ayaan Zuibar Rahmani 2015-16 Samrat Bindusara and Subrasi's son; Ashoka, Vitashoka and Susima's half-brother.
Samrat Chandragupt Maurya Arhaan Behl (Cameo) 2015 First Maurya Empire; Durdhara and Helena's husband; Justin and Bindusara Maurya's father; Ashoka Maurya, Sushima, Vitashoka, Dhrupad and Siamak's grandfather.
Prince Justin Sumit Kaul 2015 Chandragupta Maurya and Helena's son; Noor's secret husband; Siamak's father; Bindusara's half-brother.
Queen Noor Ankita M. Sharma 2015 Justin's secret wife; Siamak's mother; Bindusara's third wife; Khorason's daughter.
Prince Siamak Abhiram Nain 2016 Justin and Noor's son; Bindusara's adopted son.
MD Faizan Khan 2015-16 Young Prince Siamak
Princess Ahenkara Tunisha Sharma 2015 Princess of Ujjain; Niharika and Rajiraj's daughter; Aghnishika's sister; Sushim's ex-fiancee; Ashoka's friend.
Acharya Radhagupt Dakssh Ajit Singh 2016 Ashoka's Prime Minister; Chanakya's grandson.
Jitendra Bohra 2015-16 Young Acharya Radhagupt.
Mahamatya Khallatak Manoj Kolhatkar 2015-16 Bindusara's Prime Minister who supported Susima but later supported Ashoka.
Mir Khorason Vikrant Chaturvedi 2015-16 Bindusara's former commander; Noor's father; Siamak's maternal grandfather.
Seleucus I Nicator Tej Sapru 2015-16 Helena's father; Justin's maternal grandfather; Siamak's great-grandfather.
Rani Chanda Heena Parmar 2016 Susima's wife.
King Jagannath Manoj Verma 2015-16 King of Kalinga; Vasudha's husband; Karuvaki's father.
Queen Vasudha Alefia Kapadia 2015-16 Queen of Kalinga; Jagannath's wife; Karuvaki's mother.
Acharya Akramak Sachin Verma 2015 Ashoka's guru in Royal Academy.
Acharya Devrath Rajesh Khera 2015-16 Ashoka's guru in Taxila.
Princess Agnishika Yashashri Masurkar 2015 Shaktiraj's daughter; Ahenkara's elder cousin sister; Justin's ex-fiancee
Queen Niharika Tapasya Nayak Srivastava 2015 Queen of Ujjain; Rajadiraj's wife; Ahenkara's mother.
Amatya Ugrasain Shailesh Dattar 2015 A spy of Justin and Helena later killed by them.
Raja Keechak Sudhanshu Pandey 2015-16 Ruthless ruler of Taxila; Bahamani's husband; Vasantsena's brother who killed by Ashok.
Rani Bahamani Monica Sehgal 2015-16 Keechak's wife.
Amatya Rakshas Amit Behl 2015-16 He helps Helena first to make Justin sit on the throne then he use Keechak to kill Mauryas and to make Siamak the new Samrat.
Nirjhara Sonal Parihar 2015 Chanakya's spy who presented in court instead Dharma.
Kasturi Praveen Kaur 2015-16 Chanakya's spy.
Daastan Rumi Khan 2015 Noor's ex-lover who hands up with her to throne Siamak.
Uttar Harsh Khurana 2016 Kondana's right hand who commits suicide.
Agnibahu Anand Goradia 2015-16 Keechak's treasure.

Production and promotion[edit]

The set was erected in Karjat. The show was produced by Contiloe Entertainment.[19][unreliable source?] A team of at least 500 people worked on the series. Episodes were shot across Jaisalmer, Kerala, Mumbai's Film City and Karjat. A lightman died on the set in April 2015.[20]

Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat was promoted on the comedy show Comedy Nights with Kapil on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri in February 2015[21] A game app "Ashoka:The Game" was launched by Colors TV in April 2015.[22][23]

Awards[edit]

Year Award show Category Result
2015 Indian Telly Award Best Child Actor
(Siddhart Nigam)
Won[24]
Best Historical/Mythological Series Nominated[25]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama)
(Sameer Dharmadhikari)
Nominated[25]
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama)
(Pallavi Subhash)
Nominated[25]
Zee Gold Awards Best Historical show Won[26]
Best Actor (Debut)
(Siddhart Nigam)
Won
Television Style Award Most Stylish Debut
Siddharth Nigam
Won[27]
Best Costume Female
Suzanne Bernert
Nominated[28]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Television Actor (Female)
(Pallavi Subhash Shirke)
Nominated
Most Entertaining Television Actor (Male)
(Siddhart Nigam)
Nominated
Most Entertaining Television Fiction Show Nominated
2016 Golden Petal Awards Best Parivaar
(Contilow Entertainment)
Won[29]
Favourite Child Actor
(Siddharth Nigam)
Won
Favourite Child Actress
(Reem Saikh)
Nominated[30]
Rising Debut Male
(Siddharth Nigam)
Nominated
Best Actress in Supporting Role

(Pallavi Subhash)

Won
Zee Gold Awards Best Supporting Actor (Male)
(Sameer Dharmadhikari)
Nominated[31]
Best Supporting Actor (Female)
(Pallavi Subhash)
Nominated
Best Actor in a Negative Role (Female)
(Prinal Oberoi)
Nominated

Critical reception[edit]

The Times of India praised Ashok Banker's reconstruction filled historical gaps and stated that they provide "interesting fictional turns" for the show.[32]

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."[33]

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."[34]

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

International broadcast[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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