Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat
|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 (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 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/Siddharth Nigam as Chakravartin Samrat Ashoka-Devi, Ahankara, Kaurwaki, Asandhimitra, Anandini, Padmavati, Tishyaraksha's husband; Mahendra, Sanghimitra, Tivala, Kunala, Jaluaka and Charumati's father; Vit's brother; Samrat Bindusara and Chief Rani Dharma's 1st son and 3rd Mauryan Emperor.
- Kajol Srivastava as Maharani Devi-Ashoka's 1st wife; Mahendra and Sanghimitra's mother; empress of the Mauryan Empire and Dhaniram's daughter.
- Tunisha Sharma/Kratika Sengar as Rani Ahankara-Ashoka’s 2nd wife and Rajajiraj and Niharika’s daughter.
- Soumya Seth/Reem Sheikh as Rani Kaurwaki-Ashoka's love turned 3rd wife; Tivala's mother and Jagnnath and Vasudha’s daughter.
- Sonarika Bhadoria as Chief Rani Asandimitra-Ashoka’s best friend turned 4th wife, Jalauka and Chatumati’s mother and Rajajiraj and Niharika’s daughter.
- Poonam Pandey as Rani Anandini-Ashoka’s lover and his 5th wife and Gajendra’s daughter.
- Mouni Roy-Rani Padmavati-Ashoka’s 6th wife, Kunala’s mother and Adhirath’s sister.
- Suhasi Goradia Dhami as Tishyaraksha-Chief Rani Asandimitra’s maid later turned Ashoka’s last wife.
- Unknown as Rajkumar Vitashoka-Ashoka's brother and Samrat Bindusara and Chief Rani Dharma's 2nd son.
- Ayaan Zubair Rahmani as Rajkumar Dhrupad-Samrat Bindusara and Rani Subrasi's son and he likes Ashoka.
- Arhaan Behl as Chandragupt Maurya (cameo)-Durdhara and Helena's husband and Justin and Bindusara’s father.
- Suzanne Bernert as Rajmata Helena-Chandragupta’s 2nd wife; Justin's mother and Selecus's daughter. She killed her own son, Justin and is killed by Siayamak.|Main Villain/Vamp (393 episodes as per IMDb)
- Sameer Dharmadhikari as Samrat Bindusara-Chandragupta and Durdhara's son and Charumitra, Dharma and Subrasi's husband and Sushim, Ashoka, Dhrupad and Vit’s father. He died on knowing a shocking fact that Siayamak is Noor and Justin’s son by Sushim.
- Prinal Oberoi as Maharani Charumitra-Bindusara's first wife and Sushim's mother.She is killed by Ashoka.
- Pallavi Subhash as Chief Rani Dharma/Chief Rani Shubhadrangi-Samrat Bindusara's beloved 2nd wife and Ashoka and Vit's mother.She is killed by Sushim.
- Preet Kaur Madhan as Rani Subrasi-Bindusara's 4th wife and Dhrupad's mother.
- Sumit Kaul as Rajkumar Justin-Chandragupta and Helena's son; Noor's secret husband and Siayamak's father.He is killed in Raajdroha.
- Ankita Sharma as Rajkumari Noor/Noor Khorasan-Justin's secret wife and Siayamak's mother. (officially recognised as Bindusara's 3rd wife-Rani Noor).She is killed by Ashoka.
- Ankit Arora/Sumedh Mudgalkar as Rajkumar Sushim-Anamika’s husband; Nigrodha's father and Bindusara and Charumitra's son. He is killed by Ashoka.
- Puja Banerjee/Avneet Kaur as Rajkumari Anamika-Sushim’s wife, Nigrodha’s mother and Dharminder and Gulpreet’s daughter and Balvir’s sister. She is killed by Ashoka.
- Paras Arora as Rajkumar Nigrodha-Sushim and Anamika’s son.
- Pankaj Dheer as Raja Dharminder-King of Kosala, Gurpeet’s husband and Balvir and Anamika’s father. He is killed by Ashoka.
- Simone Singh as Rani Gurpreet-Queen of Kosala, Dharminder’s wife and Balvir and Anamika’s mother.She is killed by Ashoka.
- Rohit Bhardwaj as Rajkumar Balvir-Anamika’s brother and Dharminder and Gulpreet’s son.He is killed by Ashoka.
- Alefia Kapadia as Rani Vasudha-Queen of Kalinga; Jagannath's wife and Kaurwaki's mother.
- Yashashri Masurkar as Rajkumari Agnishikha-Shaktiraaj's daughter and Justin's ex suitor.
- Tapasya Nayak Srivastava as Rani Niharika-Queen of Ujjain; Rajajiraj's wife and Ahankara and Arnesh’s mother.
- Aham Sharma as Rajkumar Arnesh-Ahankhara’s brother and Rajajiraj and Niharika’s son.
- Saurabh Raj Jain as King Rajnath-Daamini’s husband and Asandimitra’s father.
- Sayantani Ghosh as Rani Daamini-Rajnath’s wife and Asandhimitra’s mother.
- Piyush Sahdev as Rajkumar Gajendra-Anandini’s brother.
- Rahul Dev as Adhirath-Padmavati’s father.
- Heena Parmar as Rajkumari Chanda-Siayamak’s wife and Elis’s mother. She is killed by Sushim.
- Ketki Kadam as Rajkumari Elis-Siayamak and Chanda’s daughter.
- Tej Sapru as Seleucus I Nicator-Helena's father and Justin's grandfather. He is captured by Ashoka and killed by Sushim.
- Vikrant Chaturvedi as Senapati Mir Khorasan-Noor's father; Justin's secret father-in-law; Siayamak's grandfather; former General (officially recognised as Bindusara's father-in-law).He is captured by Ashoka and killed by Sushim.
- Manoj Joshi as Acharya Chanakya-Guru of Chandragupta Maurya, Bindusara, and Ashoka. He is killed by Helena, Sushim, Anamika, Gulpreet, Dharminder, Balvir, Charumitra, Khallatak and Siayamak.
- Manoj Kolhatkar as Amatya Khallatak-Sushim’s supportive minister but later on becomes Ashoka’s minister.
- Dakssh Ajit Singh/Jitendra Bohra as Mahaamatya Radhagupt-Ashoka’s Prime Minister and Chanakya’s grandson.
- Sachin Verma as Acharya Akramak-Ashoka’s guru in Royal Academy.
- Rajesh Khera as Acharya Devavrath-Ashoka's guru in Taxilla. He is killed by Keechak.
- 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; Chanakya's spy who presented in court instead of Rani Dharma.
- Parveen Kaur as Kasturi-She is Chanakya's spy.She is killed by Helena, Sushim, Anamika, Gulpreet, Dharminder, Balvir, Charumitra, Khallatak and Siayamak.
- 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 and she is killed by Siayamak.
- Anand Goradia as Agnibahu-Keechak's treasurer. He escapes when Ashoka kills Keechak.
Production and promotion
The set was erected in Karjat. The show was produced by Contiloe Entertainment.[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 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 May 11, 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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- "Siddharth Nigam receives the 'Most Stylish Debut'". The Times of India.
- "Suzanne Bernert and Sumit Kaul revel in their fashion glory". The Times of India.
- "Golden Petal Awards 2016 winners list: Varun Kapoor, Helly Shah and Mouni Roy walk away with the trophies!". bollywoodlife.com.
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