The eight-episode series is based on Alex Rutherford’s bestselling “Empire of the Moghuls” novels, a racy, fictionalized version of the history of the Moghul empire, which dominated South Asia from 1526 to 1720. Season 1 is based on the first novel, “Raiders from the North.” It follows the young prince Babur, whose father, the king of Ferghana, dies in an accident. Babur’s ascent to the throne is in constant danger from an evil warlord. An assassination attempt on him further deepens worries about the vulnerability of Ferghana. The young king must now take responsibility for an entire kingdom and perhaps look to fabled lands beyond his borders.
The cast includes Kunal Kapoor (“Rang De Basanti”) as Babur, Shabana Azmi (“24: India”), Drashti Dhami (“Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka”), Dino Morea (“Tandav”), Aditya Seal (“Fittrat”), Sahher Bambba (“Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas”) and Rahul Dev (“Poison). Shot across India and Uzbekistan, The Empire is billed as ‘the biggest show ever created in India’.
Check out the trailer below:
Monisha Advani and Madhu Bhojwani of Emmay Entertainment are the producers. The series is directed by Mitakshara Kumar, who has worked as an associate director on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epics Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat. The ‘story adaptation’ has been credited to Bhavani Iyer.
Nikkhil Advani said in a statement, “The Empire is a dream project that I have nurtured for years. The narrative we are exploring is something none of the makers have ever attempted in the history of Indian entertainment and given this story a fictional and creative bent. It’s overwhelming to see the trailer receive resounding praises and we hope that it makes for an unforgettable viewing experience.”