How to view the history? This is an issue where there is always room for discussion. Actually, there are facts in the story, but the air and the fictitious things are not reduced either. From them, different types of narratives about history are elaborated. Disney Plus Hotstar has brought the first season of Mughal Empire history “The Empire” in the form of a web show. The story of the first season is the same part of medieval history that not only changed the political and power equation in the Indian subcontinent, but remains politically relevant to this day. The first season is the story of Zahiruddin Mohammad Babar, the “innocent child” of Fargana, who through all the confusion, reaches Fargana, Samarkand, Kabul and finally to the throne of Delhi in India. Babar got the dream of India from a father interested in Shero poetry.
How much discount can you take to show the story?
It is a fact that there has been extensive bloodshed in the history of the Takhts. The Tajotakht victims are considered to be standing on the basis of the murder from personal relationships. It’s pretty much the same in The Empire. In one place in the series, the princess of Kabul and the other Begum of Babur also say that no relationship is greater than that of the Sultanate. You can see how personal relationships were murdered, cheated, cheated and conspiracies for Babur’s empire until he became the emperor of India. You can call it glorification, alteration of history or whatever, but Babar’s personality has been taken to show all the good and humane things that can happen.
The exemption has also been taken almost critically. Babar appears as an innocent child in The Empire. Very affectionate father and older sister. A fighter willing to do anything for his community, whose childhood died due to circumstances. Babar, appearing as a good-hearted person, always makes decisions as an emotional person rather than a fighter or a king and keeps sacrificing powers for the betterment of the family community.
Was it Babar Rahm at heart, his sister and grandmother made mistakes?
Naturally, these things are used to make Babur the hero of The Empire. To keep Babur a hero, all conspiracies for family and community, against promises, have been put on the heads of others. For example, Nani Daulat Begum chooses the death of her son-in-law to prepare Fergana Takht as a good and strong heiress like Babur. Before winning Samarkand, Babur makes a promise and breaks it. But the reason for his disobedience is shown to be explained by his maternal grandmother, who forces Babur to believe that the same is true of Takht. Shaybani forgives the entire family, including his brother Babar, in exchange for the Khanzada. After marrying Khanzada, she wants to end the conflict with Babur, but her sister plots for Babur and Shaybani has to flee. They kill him with deception. And when Babur establishes a sultanate in India, he worries who should succeed his two promising sons, Humayun Mirza and Kamran Mirza. Shown here is the sentimentality about the Hindu-Muslim dispute fighting for senseless mutual battles. Perhaps this sequence is an attempt to manage the image of Babar outside of history in the current age. Humayun is crowned for ignoring Kamran, but here too Khanzada fabricates false facts by quoting Babar: “For the safe future of the throne.”
In The Empire, Babar seems so passionate that as long as Shaybani has a sister, he will burn in the fire of vengeance and self-incrimination. When she discovers the real reason for her father’s death, Nani does not attend Daulat Begum’s last ceremony. Babur’s human side is so honest that he marries a non-shahi girl, Maham Begum, after falling in love. Although he obtained the Kabul throne in exchange for his marriage to Princess Gulrukh Begum, but the patrani does Meham. In general, the story of the first season focuses on the coronation of Humayun, the rebellion of his brother Kamran (the son of Gulrukh) against Humayun. Now historians will clarify how many cinematographic liberties the creators have taken with the facts to portray Babur.
Ayam Mehta and Dino take the heart
But when it comes to the web series, an effort has been made to keep it largely entertained. Right now, leaving the Babur debate aside, detailed information on the history of the Mughals is available. The Empire is the first large-scale show based on a significant period in medieval history. Kunal Kapoor played the role of Babar. Kunal’s work is great. Shabana Azmi impresses in the role of Daulat Begum. Drishti Dhami as Khanzada, Rahul Dev in the role of Wazir Khan also looks good. In terms of acting, other supporting actors have done their part well as well.
Two characters in particular impress. One of them is Ayam Mehta. Ayam has played the role of Khanzada’s servant. A servant who has suffered sexual and physical harassment to the point of inhumanity. For years, pain has gripped her follicles. Ayam’s character is the servant of Shaybani’s harem and the servant of Babur’s sister, Khanzada, Hamsaya, and Hamraj. He wants revenge on Shaybani. The role of Dimension is not at the center of the story, yet he has lived the character from the heart. All the pain and suffering of his character is seen in the delivery of the dialogue, the gestures and the silence during the act. Although the role is smaller than that of the other characters, but in reality the dimensions in all aspects of the solo performance seem overwhelming throughout the stellar broadcast.
Aside from the dimensions, Dino Moreo also seems to impress. Dino has played the role of the cruel Shaybani. The villain of the first season is Shaybani. His character may be reminiscent of Ranveer Singh from Padmaavat, but the truth of The Empire is that Dino impresses whenever he is seen in the frame. His influence can also be understood in such a way that when his act ends, a magic from The Empire also seems to end there and until the end the presence of his character draws attention.
Disappointed technical side
It will also be said that Mitakshara Kumar’s direction, writing, and dialogue are better. VFX is weak. Animation shortcomings strike. The sets look fake. The battle of Panipat in 1526 with Ibrahim Lodi is one of the most feared battles in history. But that horror is not visible at the scene of war. Although the interior, the suit impresses. In the realm of personal narrative, many things will definitely surprise viewers of the show. But The Empire can be considered a show worth watching once.
However, it is dishonest to compare The Empire to Game of Thrones in any way.