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Colors’ ‘Chakravartin Ashoka’ to take a 10-year leap
The show, which airs Monday to Friday at 9 pm, will now narrate the story of Ashoka’s new avatar called Chand (merciless)—a vindictive force whose aggression will win him the throne of Pataliputra and eventually make him the Greatest Emperor of undivided India.
Alongside will blossom his tender love story with the feisty and beautiful, Kaurwaki. Essayed by Mohit Raina in the lead role (as Chand Ashoka) and Somya Seth (as Kaurwaki), this new chapter in Ashoka’s life will unfold from 2 May.
This is the second show on Colors to take a leap in recent times. Earlier, Colors’ longest-running fiction show ‘Balika Vadhu’ had taken a leap from 25 April.
Colors programming head Manisha Sharma said, “Since its launch, ‘Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat’ has enjoyed tremendous viewership across age groups. As we take a generation leap, the show will now focus on the emotional turmoil inside Ashoka as he becomes Chand (the feared), his return to Pataliputra following his exile, and his unflinching love for Kaurwaki, making him a multi-faceted character that will appeal to the viewers’ sensibilities.”
Even though the outside world sees a cold and heartless man, Ashoka’s feelings for Kaurwaki keep him from turning completely evil; he pines for her company and hopes to see her someday. But an unexpected twist of fate will separate them as Ashoka finds himself married to Devi instead. Under the watchful eye of his new teacher Radhagupta, Ashoka will continue his journey as a feared warrior and gentle lover, whose power and magnanimity shaped the future of our country.
Commenting on Ashoka’s new chapter, Contiloe Pictures CEO Abhimanyu Singh said, “It was our endeavour to show the life and journey of the greatest emperor who has ruled and created this great nation. While a chapter in his life has concluded, a new one is about to begin. Now, his journey will show how he created the empire of India against all odds.”
‘Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat’ features an ensemble cast comprising Mohit Raina as Chand Ashoka, Somya Seth as Kaurwaki, Ankit Arora as Sushim, Kajol Shrivastav as Devi, Dakssh Ajit Singh as Radhagupta. The show also features actors Sameer Dharmadhikari and Pallavi Subhash as Emperor Bindusar and Dharma respectively.
Commenting on taking Ashoka’s legacy forward, Raina said: “The magnificence of a warrior king like Ashoka is unparalleled. Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat is a historical masterpiece and it brings me tremendous pleasure to be a part of the show. This role I feel will be the next milestone in my career.”