Porus (TV series)

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Porus
Porus Titlecard.png
Genre
  • Historical Fiction
  • Drama
Screenplay bySiddharth Kumar Tewary
Satyarth Nayak
Story by
Directed bySiddharth Kumar Tewary
Starring
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
Production
Producer(s)Siddharth Kumar Tewary
Rahul Kumar Tewary
Gayatri Gill Tewary
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$70 million)
Release
Original networkSony Entertainment Television
Picture format
Original release27 November 2017 (2017-11-27) – 13 November 2018 (2018-11-13)
Chronology
Followed byChandragupta Maurya
External links
Website
Production website

Porus is a historical drama television series based on the Battle of the Hydaspes, visualizing the lives of Indian warrior and ruler Purushottam, King of the Pauravas and Alexander The Great, King of the Macedonian Empire. It premiered on 27 November 2017 on Sony TV. The series depicted the story of 7 Kingdoms - Paurav Rashtra-ruled by King Porus/Bamni/Kanishk, Macedonia-ruled by King Alexander/Philip II, Takshashila-ruled by King Ambhikumar/Ambhiraj, Dasyulok-ruled by King Arunyak, Persia/Faras-ruled by Darius III, Bactria-ruled by King Bessus and Magadh-ruled by King Dhananand.[2]

The show is created by Siddharth Kumar Tewary of Swastik Productions.[3][4] It is the most expensive show on Indian television, having a budget of about INR 500 crores (roughly USD 80 million).[5] In Sri Lanka, it airs on Sirasa TV, dubbed into Sinhala under the name Digvijaya.[6] The rights to the drama have also been sold to Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.[7] It is also dubbed in Tamil as Maaveeran which currently airs on Sun Life channel,Sun TV network from October 2018 onwards.

Plot[edit]

The drama focuses on the lives of Porus, King of the Pauravas and Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia, two monarchs whose fate brought them together in 326 BC at the Battle of the Hydaspes.

Cast[edit]

The Pauravas[edit]

The Macedonians[edit]

  • Rohit Purohit as Alexander the Great / Sikandar, King of Macedonia, and destined rival of Porus. (2017-2018, Deceased;cause is unknown)
  • Sameksha as Olympias, former Queen and Queen Mother of Macedonia, Phillip's wife and Alexander's mother. [19][20][21] (2017-2018)
  • Sunny Ghanshani as Philip II, Former King of Macedonia, Alexander's father.(2017-2018, Deceased, killed by Pusanias)[22]
  • Akash Singh Rajput / Akhil Kataria as Hephaestion, Alexander's best friend and general in his army. (2017-2018)
  • Amaad Mintoo as Arrhidaeus son of Philip and Philinna, Prince of Macedonia, step brother of Alexander. (2017-2018)
  • Sarehfar as Philinna, Queen of Macedonia, wife of King Philip II, and mother of Arrihdaeus. (2017-2018, Deceased; killed by Olympias)
  • Nitin Joshi / Amir Malik as Cleitus the Black, one of Alexander's generals. (2018, Deceased; killed by Alexander)
  • Vikas Verma as Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander's generals. (2018)
  • Aruna Irani as an Oracle, a priestess who acts as medium between men and the gods, and an adviser to Alexander. (2018, Deceased;killed by Alexander)[23],
  • Ruby Kakar as an Oracle, a Greek priestess who acts as medium between men and the gods, who is a philosopher, and someone who out of vengeance for the Demigod Emperor tells Porus that he is meant to face Alexander. (2018)
  • Raviz Thakur as Pausanias, bodyguard and murderer of Philip II. (2018, Deceased;killed by Cleitus)
  • Vidvaan Sharma as baby Alexander (2017)[24]
  • Karishma Rawat as Cleopatra Eurydice of Macedon, Queen of Macedonia, King Philip's last wife. (2018, Deceased, Killed by Olympias)
  • Rizwan Kalshyan as Alexander of Epirus, King of Epirus, uncle of Alexander the Great, and husband of Cleopatra of Macedon.(2018)

The Persians[edit]

  • Praneet Bhat as Darius III[25][26], trader, later Emperor of Persia, succeeded by Alexander the Great (2017-2018, Deceased, killed by Bactrian army)
  • Riya Deepsi as Barsine, Princess of Persia, elder daughter of Darius, second wife of Alexander the Great.[27][28] (2017-2018)
  • Chandan Dilawar as Muashiz, Darius' companion and assistant, Commander of the Persian army (2017-18, Deceased; killed by Roxane)
  • Vishal Patni as Farus, Muashiz's son, Commander of the Persian army (2017-2018, Deceased; killed by Alexander)
  • Suzanne Bernert as Ada of Caria, Queen of Caria. (2018)
  • Riyanka Chanda as Stateira I, former Queen of Persia, wife of Darius and mother of Barsine and Drypetis. (2018)
  • Shalini Sharma as Drypetis, Princess of Persia younger daughter of Darius.(2018)

The Dasyus[edit]

  • Suhani Dhanki as Laachi, princess of Dasyu Raj and Puru's friend & love interest, later Puru's wife and Queen of the Pauravas[29][30] (2017-2018, Deceased;killed by the Seleucid army)
  • Shraddha Musale as Mahanandini, Laachi's mother and matriarchal Queen of Dasyu Raj.[31][32] (2017-2018, Deceased; killed by Hephaestion)
  • Rishi Verma as Sumer, Laachi's brother, Prince of Dasyu Raj. (2017-2018, Deceased;killed by Anusuya)
  • Chirag Jani as Arunayak, Laachi's father and King of Dasyu Raj[33] (2017-2018, Deceased;killed by Alexander)

The Takshashilans (Taxilans)[edit]

The Bactrians[edit]

  • Aparna Dixit as Roxane / Rukhsana, princess of Bactria, later Queen of Macedonia, Alexander the Great's love interest and first wife. (2018)
  • Browny Parashar as Oxyartes, Father of Roxane and General of King Bessus of Bactria, later King of Bactria with help of Alexander The Great. (2018)

The Magadhians[edit]

Others[edit]

  • Nalini Negi as Vishuddhi, a member of the Vishkanya(poison-girl) community, a community where women sustain on the venom of snakes. She was originally sent to murder Puru but later changes her intentions and helps Puru in his mission to reach Persia. (2018, Deceased;killed by Alexander)
  • Jaival Pathak as Malay, only boy left when Vishuddhi killed all the villagers and introduce him as her younger brother to Puru and his team. He later disclosed all the secrets to Puru about role play of brother and the truth about Vishuddhi. At last, prior to proceed for Persia he sent Malay to Pauravas. (2018)
  • Pooja Sharma as River Jhelum, the Narrator. (2017-2018)

Reception[edit]

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

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

Sequel[edit]

Porus, being a finite series went off-air on 13th November, 2018. Swastik Pictures has decided to tell the story of Chandragupta Maurya through a new show on Sony TV which has replaced Porus and is currently airing on the same time slot. Many key characters of Porus like Chanakya will be seen again in the new show with the same actors portraying them. The new show Chandragupt Maurya will be in seamless continuity with the ending of Porus. It went on-air on 14th November, 2018. Sourabh Raj Jain, who portrayed the character of Dhana Nanda in Porus has reprised the role, but as the main antagonist of the show. [38]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2018 Lions Gold Awards Favorite Actress of the Year (Critics)[39] Rati Pandey Won
Favorite Actor of the Year[39] Laksh Lalwani Won

References[edit]

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  39. ^ a b "Lions Gold Awards 2018: Complete winners list and Red Carpet pictures | Free Press Journal". www.freepressjournal.in. Retrieved 2018-01-25.

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