A walk into the show's set - created by the creative masterminds Nitin Desai and Omung Kumar - one of the most expensive offerings from the Colors stable, at N.D. Studios in Karjat, about 100 km away from the country's entertainment hub Mumbai, unravelled the efforts going behind putting together the show.

"A team of at least 500 people are working on this show," Abhimanyu Singh,  CEO, Contiloe, that's producing the show, said. The attempt on the channel's part is to delve into the pages of history to highlight Ashoka's journey to becoming the great emperor,  heroic warrior and the epic legend that he was.

Stepping into the role of young Ashoka, an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty, is 14-year-old Siddharth Nigam, whose ability to cartwheel, jump and perform stunts, has been seen in Bollywood film "Dhoom:3" and in TV show "Mahakumbh".

For "Mahakumbh", the young boy jumped off a bridge."Watch my new show and you'll know what all I've done to play Ashok," Siddharth, who underwent three months of training in horse riding and sword-fighting for the show, said here.

"Chakravartin...", slated to go on air February 2, is likely to pack in a punch on TV given its other talented cast members other than Siddharth. There's the versatile Manoj Joshi as Chanakya, towering Sameer Dharmadhikari as Bindusara, talented Pallavi Subhash as Ashoka's mother Dharma and "Haider" actor Sumit Kaul as Justin, all of whom gave a live glimpse of their roles at the show's grand launch here on Wednesday.


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