Chandragupta Maurya comes to small screen

New Delhi: Emperor Chandragupta Maurya, who ruled over the in the Indian subcontinent in 300 BC, will be seen coming alive on the small screen in a new historic show.

Imagine TV is all set to narrate the story of the commoner who went up to become one of the greatest conquerors of India, with his empire extending from Assam in the east, Afghanistan and Baluchistan in the west, Kashmir and Nepal in the north, and to the Deccan Plateau in the south.

"Chandragupta Maurya`s is a rags-to-riches story, which makes it an interesting subject for a show. Even the facts about his life has `filmy` elements - how he was thrown out of his house and from there he rose to be such a great king under Chanakya`s guidance," Saurabh Tewari, Fiction Head at Imagine TV, told reporters.

Interesting as the story is, collecting facts about Maurya`s life was tough as there is little written material about him.

"There are only two or three books on him. We collected material from the internet, spoke to some scholars. About 70 per cent of the story we will narrate on the show is factual and we have taken some creative liberty in the rest to make ends meet," said Tewari.

Although the show is still in the scripting stage, the actors to play young Chandragupta and his guide Chanakya have been decided. The show will go on air by March end.

The channel is also coming up with a new daily soap `Pardes Mein Mila Koi Apna`, charting the experiences of a migrant girl in Mumbai city.

"It is a slice of life story about the city seen from the protagonist`s point of view, how she deals with the various trials and tribulations of a city life. It is ultimately a love story, but not the typical boy-meets-girl kind," said Saurabh.

`Pardes Mein Mila Koi Apna` is set to go on air on February 1.