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Porus is a historical drama television series based on the Battle of the Hydaspes, visualizing the lives of Indian warrior and ruler Porus, King of the Pauravas and Alexander The Great, King of the Macedonian Empire. It premiered on 27 November 2017 on Sony TV.

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  • Historical Fiction
  • Drama
Created bySiddharth Kumar Tewary
Screenplay bySiddharth Kumar Tewary
Story by
Composer(s)Sangeet Haldipur
Siddharth Haldipur
Suryaraj Kamal
Lenin Nandi
Raju Singh
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes249
Producer(s)Siddharth Kumar Tewary
Rahul Kumar Tewary
Gayatri Gill Tewary
Production location(s)Thailand
Umargam, Gujarat
CinematographyKabir Lal
Editor(s)Janak Chauhan
Anil Vaishya
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20-30 minutes
Production company(s)One Life Studios
DistributorSwastik Productions[1]
Budget500 crore (US$72 million)
Original networkSony Entertainment Television
Picture format
Original release27 November 2017 (2017-11-27) –
13 November 2018 (2018-11-13)
Followed byChandragupta Maurya
External links
Production website

The show is created by Siddharth Kumar Tewary of Swastik Productions.[2][3] It is the most expensive show on Indian television, having a budget of about INR 500 crores (roughly USD 70 million).[4] In Sri Lanka, it airs on Sirasa TV, dubbed into Sinhala under the name Digvijaya.[5] The rights to the drama have also been sold to Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.[6] It is also dubbed in Tamil as Maaveeran which currently airs on Sun Life channel,Sun TV network from October 2018 onwards.The Malayalam version is titled Porus which currently airs on Surya TV from January 2019.



The drama focuses on the story of Porus and Alexander, as the serial shows that they were destined to meet. The first at age focuses Porus' parents love and his birth. Alexander is lead into first becoming merciless at anyone. Then, it focuses on Porus' tribal life after he was lost. There he meets his mother, but does not identify her. It shows Alexander's initial conquests, along with Darius III's ditch to Pocus' family. Later, the family recognises Porus as their future king. Pours later becomes king, and knows about Alexander's advance into India. Porus fights Alexander in 326 BCE in The Battle Of Hydaspes. He wins Alexander's, and everyone's hearts with his courage. Porus' son, Malayketu, is born. In the last episode, Alexander dies, and Porus and Lachi (his life)are slain by Ambhi and Seleucus Nicator, before Porus sends his son safe into River Jhelum (Hydaspes). Now, everything is in the hands of Chanakya, who has to fulfill the dream of the Puru family of India winning over any tyrant.




  • Aman Dhaliwal as Amatya Shivdutt, elder brother of King Bamni, and Minister of the Pauravas under Bamni and then Kanishk.
  • Akshara Singh/Sangeeta Khanayat as Kadika, King Bamni's second wife, mother of Kanishk and Porus' step mother, Queen and briefly Queen Mother of the Pauravas under Kanishk's rule.
  • Savi Thakur as Kanishk, former Crown Prince and King of the Pauravas, son of King Bamni and Queen Kadika, Porus' half brother
  • Hrishikesh Pandey as Senapati Ripudaman Singh, Commander the Pauravas and later disguised as Sajjan Singh and Commander of the Dasyus, foster father of Porus.[19][20]
  • Ashlesha Sawant as Pritha, wife of Ripudaman Singh, foster mother of Porus, mother of Hasti, and later Queen Mother of Sindh under Hasti's rule.
  • Pranav Sahay as Samar Singh, Commander of the Paurava army, brother of Kadika, and posthumously maternal uncle of Kanishk.
  • Mohit Abrol as Hasti, Ripudaman Singh and Pritha's son, Porus' foster brother, aide, and later king of Sindh.[21]
  • Vivek Vallah as The Rajguru, the Royal Priest of the Paurav Kingdom.
  • Chetan Pandit/Tarun Khanna as Chanakya, a scholar from Takshashila and later Porus' adviser and minister.
  • Akash Singh Rajput / Akhil Kataria as Hephaestion, Alexander's best friend and general in his army.
  • Amaad Mintoo as Arrhidaeus son of Philip and Philinna, Prince of Macedonia, step brother of Alexander.
  • Sarehfar as Philinna, Queen of Macedonia, wife of King Philip II, and mother of Arrihdaeus.
  • Nitin Joshi / Amir Malik as Cleitus the Black, one of Alexander's generals.
  • Vikas Verma as Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander's generals.
  • Aruna Irani as an Oracle, a priestess who acts as medium between men and the gods, and an adviser to Alexander. (2018, Deceased; killed by Alexander),[22]
  • Ruby Kakar as an Oracle, a Greek priestess who acts as medium between men and the gods, who is a philosopher, and someone who out of vengeance for the Oracle Alexander killed tells Porus that he is meant to face Alexander.
  • Raviz Thakur as Pausanias, bodyguard and murderer of Philip II.
  • Vidvaan Sharma as baby Alexander (2017)[23]
  • Karishma Rawat as Cleopatra Eurydice of Macedon, Queen of Macedonia, King Philip's last wife.
  • Rizwan Kalshyan as Alexander of Epirus, King of Epirus, uncle of Alexander the Great, and husband of Cleopatra of Macedon.
  • Praneet Bhat as Darius III,[24][25] trader, later Emperor of Persia, succeeded by Alexander the Great
  • Riya Deepsi as Barsine, Princess of Persia, elder daughter of Darius, second wife of Alexander the Great.[26][27]
  • Chandan Dilawar as Muashiz, Darius' companion and assistant, Commander of the Persian army.
  • Vishal Patni as Farus, Muashiz's son, Commander of the Persian army.
  • Suzanne Bernert as Ada of Caria, Queen of Caria.
  • Riyanka Chanda as Stateira I, former Queen of Persia, wife of Darius and mother of Barsine and Drypetis. (2018)
  • Shalini Sharma as Drypetis, Princess of Persia younger daughter of Darius.
  • Suhani Dhanki as Laachi, princess of Dasyu Raj, later wife of Porus and Queen of the Pauravas.[28][29]
  • Shraddha Musale as Mahanandini, Laachi's mother and matriarchal Queen of Dasyu Raj.[30][31]
  • Rishi Verma as Sumer, Laachi's brother, Prince of Dasyu Raj.
  • Chirag Jani (actor) as Arunayak, Laachi's father and King of Dasyu Raj[32]
  • Zohaib Siddiqui as Ambhikumar, Crown Prince of Takshashila, elder cousin of Porus.
  • Gurpreet Singh as Ambhiraj, Former King of Takshashila, brother of Queen Anusuya, father of Ambhikumar and maternal uncle of Porus[33]
  • Vasundhara Kaul as Alka, mother of King Ambhikumar, former Queen of Takshashila.[34]
  • Aparna Dixit as Roxane / Rukhsana, princess of Bactria, later Queen of Macedonia, Alexander the Great's love interest and first wife.
  • Browny Parashar as Oxyartes, father of Roxane and general of King Bessus of Bactria, later King of Bactria.
  • Saurabh Raj Jain as Dhana Nanda, Emperor of Magadh.
  • Nimai Bali as Amatya Rakshas, Prime Minister of Magadh.
  • Nalini Negi as Vishuddhi, a member of the Vishkanya(poison-girl) community, a community where women sustain on the venom of snakes. She was originally sent to murder Puru but later changes her intentions and helps Puru in his mission to reach Persia.
  • Jaival Pathak as Malay, the only surviving boy when Vishuddhi killed all the villagers and introduce him as her younger brother to Puru and his team. He later disclosed all the secrets to Puru about role play of brother and the truth about Vishuddhi. At last, prior to proceed for Persia he sent Malay to Pauravas.
  • Pooja Sharma as River Jhelum, the Narrator.


The show was hailed as 'visually captivating' by India Today.[35]

Pinkvilla called it the television version of the film Baahubali.[36]


Porus, being a finite series went off-air on 13 November 2018. Swastik Pictures has decided to tell the story of Chandragupta Maurya through a new show on Sony TV which has replaced Porus and is currently airing on the same time slot. Many key characters of Porus like Chanakya, Dhananand, Amatya Rakshas reprise their roles in the new show with the same actors portraying them. The new show Chandragupt Maurya will be in seamless continuity with the ending of Porus. It went on-air on 14 November 2018. Sourabh Raj Jain, who portrayed the character of Dhana Nanda in Porus has reprised the role, but as the main antagonist of the show.[37]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2018 Lions Gold Awards Favorite Actress of the Year (Critics)[38] Rati Pandey Won
Favorite Actor of the Year[38] Laksh Lalwani Won
2018 Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Telenova/Soap[39] One Life Studios Won
2018 Asian Academy Creative Awards Best VFX[39] One Life Studios Nominated
2018 Asian Academy Creative Awards Best Theme Song[39] Porus Nominated
2018 Indian Telly Technical Awards Best VFX[40] One Life Studios Won
2018 Indian Telly Technical Awards Best Costumes[40] Ketki Dalal Won
2018 Indian Telly Technical Awards Best Director[40] Siddharth Kumar Tewary Won
2018 Indian Telly Technical Awards Best Screenplay Writer[40] Siddharth Kumar Tewary, Medha Jadav Won
2018 Indian Telly Technical Awards Best Sound(Fiction)[40] Raghu Hegde Won
2019 Asian Television Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role[41] Laksh Lalwani Nominated
2019 Asian Television Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role[41] Rohit Purohit Nominated
2019 Asian Television Awards Best Director[42] Siddharth Kumar Tewary Won

Global Distribution

Porus is the first Global TV series of India. Produced by One Life Studios, Porus has been distributed to over 11 countries and 14 territories. One Life Studios has licensed Porus in Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, and Myanmar in a deal with JKN Global Media, and in Indonesia in a licensing deal with Soraya Intercine Films.[43] The show has also been sold to Thailand. It has been dubbed in Sinhala and launched as 'Digvijaya' in Sri Lanka.[44] The show has been dubbed in English, Thai, Malay and Burmese.[45] Recently, Porus became the first Indian drama series to reach Japan. It has been launched on the digital platform Hulu.[46]


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