On Saturday, Hotstar released the first trailer for The Empire, their next historical epic series based on Alex Rutherford’s book Empire of the Moghul: Raiders from the North. The eight-part series follows Emperor Babur’s storey from the Ferghana Valley to Samarkand and beyond.
Kunal Kapoor makes his first foray into streaming with the show, which is produced by Emmay Entertainment of Nikkhil Advani. The Empire is advertised as “the biggest show ever created in India,” and was shot across India and Uzbekistan.
Mitakshara Kumar, who worked as an associate director on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epics Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat, directs the series. Bhavani Iyer is credited with the ‘story adaption.’
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.”
The Empire, which also stars Shabana Azmi, Drashti Dhami, Dino Morea, Aditya Seal, Sahher Bambba, and Rahul Dev, will premiere on Disney+ Hotstar on August 27.