Synopsis and star cast of Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat

The cast of Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat at the launch of the show

Young Ashoka’s journey was set in motion when Chanakya set out to look for Bindusara to take over the throne and protect Magadh from the Greek Army General, Seleucus Nicator (Tej Sapru), his daughter Helena (Suzanne Bernert) and her son Justin (Sumit Kaul). Being Chandragupta Maurya’s wife, Helena wanted to usurp the throne from her step son, Bindusara and make her own son, Justin the king of Magadh. However, all was not well even upon Bindusara’s return. Magadh’s future remained uncertain with everyone’s thirst for the throne. In an attempt to look for the rightful heir to succeed Bindusara’s reign, Chanakya traced Dharma (Pallavi Subhash), Bindusara’s wife and Ashoka (Siddharth Nigam) in the forest and brought them to Magadh. But the transition wasn’t an easy one. Ashoka came to Magadh with a sense of vengeance. His sole purpose was to restore his mother’s honour and secure a spot in the Mauryan Empire for her once it was revealed to him that the King of Magadh, Bindusara was his sire.


Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat brings together a powerful ensemble cast which includes Siddharth Nigam (Ashoka), Pallavi Subhash (Dharma), Sameer Dharmadhikari (Bindusara), Manoj Joshi (Chanakya), Tej Sapru (Seleucus Nicator), Suzanne Bernert (Helena), Sumit Kaul (Justin), and Ankita Sharma (Noor Khorasan) among others.


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Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat

Starting 2nd February, 2015, Every Monday to Friday at 9:00 PM on COLORS!


The magnificient set of Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat

A masterpiece from the COLORS bouquet of offerings, Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat is the creation of the best minds in the entertainment industry coming together with a cast involving notable faces from the industry and some remarkable technicians. The show has been extensively shot in various exotic locales across the country. A mammoth set with intricate designs which are reminiscent of that era have been put together at ND Studios, Karjat by two incredibly gifted designers, Omung Kumar and Nitin Desai. The opulent Mauryan era will be brought alive through the use of high-end VFX technology to make the overall viewing experience more engaging and entertaining for viewers.The sets of Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat at ND Studios, Karjat (1) The sets of Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat at ND Studios, Karjat (3) The sets of Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat at ND Studios, Karjat (4) The sets of Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat at ND Studios, Karjat (7) The sets of Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat at ND Studios, Karjat (8) The sets of Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat at ND Studios, Karjat (9)

Bollywood film review – Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene Rating: 2.5

sharafatBy Aryeman Raj

What’s it about?

The film takes on the theme of greed and covetousness and turns it into a pleasant satire. A saucy comedy about a commoner’s brush with the “D” gang, this is an original smile-inducing romp into the realm of comedy where errors define the mood, and the characters are not as interesting as the situations that the script tries to create for them.

Story & Screenplay:

Targeted as being a thriller, the film moves at a fast pace and keeps you engrossed with the twists and turns. The comedy angle is underplayed which could have enhanced Zayed Khan’s character. There are many liberties taken by the writer for the story-telling which are not digestible.



Zayed Khan as the nerdy Delhite keeps the performance bridled and likeable. He deserves better. Rannvijay as the Insignificant Other is delightfully droll. ‘Sharaafat…’ as a concept of proper conduct never seemed more like sharaarat, as the con game is played through the streets of Delhi. Tina Desai walks through her role competently.



Except for the ‘Selfie’ number, all other songs are dull.

Box-office rating:

With so many films releasing this week, this film will suffer the most due to poor marketing and ineffective star cast.




Cast: Zayed Khan, Tina Desai, Talia Benson, Rannvijay Singh, Anupam Kher,Paresh Rawal

Director: Gurmmeet Singh

Producer: Savita Raj Hiremath

Production House: Tandav Films

Music: Dhruv Dhalla, Sandeep Chatterjee

Editing: Meghna Manchanda Sen

Screenplay: Rajesh Chawla

Dialogue: Rajesh Chawla, Gurmmeet Singh

Story/Writer: Rajesh Chawla, Gurmmeet Singh

Costume Design: Hazel Paul

Bollywood film review – Crazy Cukkad Family Rating: 3

crazy cukkad

By Aryeman Raj

What’s it about?

The Crazy Cukkad Family movie story line is full of comedy, based on families and their lives. Audience will get to see how these families and their activities inside the story make people laughter.

Story & Screenplay:

The film effectively unfolds the secrets of the various characters in the first half. The punches are mild and not enough to get you to laugh. The second half moves at a fast pace. The climax will surely drill the message of ‘what it entails to be a happy family’.

The film could have had more punches but fleshing out all the characters reduces the tempo of the film. The writer has touched upon some scandalous issues like cross-dressing, gay marriages and others without sensationalising them.



Swanand Kirkire, Shilpa Shukla, Ninad Kamat hold the fort with their talented acting. Each actor has been well-chosen for the role.


The music is entertaining and one almost misses the entire version of the song, Sexy pakora which seems edited to reduce the length of the film.

Box-office rating:

Although the film has the backing of Prakash Jha productions, it will do average business. However it will cover its cost since it has been made on a tight budget with talented actors.


Producer : Prakash Jha.

Director : Ritesh Menon.

Star Cast :

Swanand Kirkire

Shilpa Shukla

Ninad Kamat

Kushal Punjabi

Kiran Karmarkar

Yusuf Hussain

Pravina Deshpande

Music Director : Siddharth Suhas

Writer : Suhas Shetty and Kushal Punjabi

Lyricist : Kumaar

Cinematographer : Sojan Narayanan

Screenplay : Suhas Shetty and Ritesh Menon.

Production Company : Prakash Jha Productions.