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, writing and a lack of emotional depth.
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 and he begins his campaign for the conquest of North India through hardships, betrayals and struggles amongst his court members.