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The Empire is an Indian historical fiction period drama streaming television series created by Nikkhil Advani and directed by Mitakshara Kumar based on the novel series Empire of the Moghul by Alex Rutherford for Disney+ Hotstar. The series was premiered on Disney+ Hotstar on 27 August 2021.
The first season of the series opened to generally favourable reviews with praise for the show’s visuals, sets, costumes and the performance of the main cast with a positive consensus on Shabana Azmi’s portrayal of Ësan Dawlat and criticism for poor VFX in a few scenes.
The series depicts upon the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire starting from Babur. The story begins from Farghana where young prince Babur is made the king at a young age after the death of his father, Umar Sheikh. His grandmother Aisan Daulat Begum guides him in his rule.
He begins his campaign for the conquest of North India through hardships, betrayals and struggles amongst his court members. He was then defeated by Muhammad Shaybani Khan and as a part of a deal to save their life, khanzada had to marry shaybani.
She then falls in love with him but chooses her brother over him,tricks him and becomes a reason for his death. Babur then travels to Hindustan,defeates Ibrahim Lodi in battle of Panipat and establishs the Mughal Empire. Amongst his wife’s battle for the heir Babur finally selects Humayun as his heir.