One of India’s biggest video-streaming platforms Disney+ Hotstar has joined hands with prolific filmmaker Nikkhil Advani of Emmay Entertainment to present the biggest show ever created in India, The Empire – a fiction saga of a warrior-turned-king. Mounted on an unrivaled scale that brings together India’s finest talent, spectacular visuals, and a gripping narrative. Mitakshara Kumar, who has previously assisted Sanjay Lela Bhansali on movies like Bajirao Mastani, and Padmaavat is making her directorial debut with – The Empire.

Mitakshara Kumar on sets of The Empire


Talking about the show Mitakshara said, “When I got The Empire because the scale was so large, I never treated it like a show. For me, it was a cinema and that’s how we shot it. We have given attention to every minute detail – I hope that ‘The Empire’ is an experience people won’t forget!”


Speaking about the shoot experience, she added “A lot of our referencing had to be done in Uzbekistan, so we went there three times. The colours they used; the architecture, are so different. That predominantly became my colour for one part of the show.  Our show tells stories over many years, hence there is a colour palette for every phase in the show.”

The ensemble includes actors Shabana Azmi, Drashti Dhami, Dino Morea, Aditya Seal, Sahher Bambba, Rahul Dev among many others. The series marks the directorial debut of Mitakshara Kumar who has also co-written this epic saga with Bhavani Iyer with Monisha Advani and Madhu Bhojwani of Emmay Entertainment as producers. The 8-episode series has brought together immensely talented costume designers, VFX professionals, production and sound designers, action choreographers all part of a mammoth crew who breathed life into this ambitious vision.

Shot across multiple locations in India and Uzbekistan, The Empire brings alive a spectacular and imposing experience studded with epic scenes of battlegrounds, stupendous forts, and vast landscapes.

Starring Kunal Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Dino Morea, Drashti Dhami and others, The Empire releases on 27th August 2021.