In pictures: TV shows based on Indian historical figures
Bharat Ka Veer Putra - Maharana Pratap - The show is based on the life of Maharana Pratap, a sixteenth century Hindu Rajput Maharana of Mewar in Rajasthan. Earlier child actor Faisal Khan portrayed the role of young Maharana Pratap which was later portrayed by Ssharad Malhotra (Pic courtesy: YouTube)
The Sword of Tipu Sultan: The popular TV series aired from 1990 to 1991 was based on a novel and portrayed the life and times of Tipu Sultan, the famous ruler of Mysore. It was directed by Sanjay Khan, and he also played the lead role of Tipu Sultan. (Pic courtesy: YouTube)
Jodha Akbar: An epic drama about a sixteenth century story of the political marriage of convenience between a Mughal emperor Akbar and a Rajput princess Jodha Bai. The show stars Rajat Tokas and Paridhi Sharma in the lead roles.
Dharti Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan: A popular TV series based on the life of Prithviraj Chauhan, the Rajput ruler from Chauhan dynasty and son of Someshwar Chauhan, the King of Ajmer. Actor Rajat Tokas played the lead role. (Pic courtesy: YouTube)
Chanakya: This critically acclaimed TV series aired from 1991 to 1992 was a fictionalised account of the life and times of 4th century BCE Indian economist, strategist and political theorist Chanakya (also known as Vishnugupta) and is based on events occurring between 340 BCE and 321/20 BCE, starting with Chanakya's boyhood and culminating in the coronation of Chandragupta Maurya. Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi played the title role of Chanakya. (Pic courtesy: YouTube)
Chandragupta Maurya: The show was based on the life of Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the Mauryan Empire, who was also the disciple of Chanakya. Rushiraj Pawar played the young king and Ashish Sharma portrayed him later. (Pic courtesy: YouTube)
The Great Maratha: This historical television series was based on the life of Mahadaji Shinde. Shahbaz Khan played the lead role and the series was directed by Sanjay Khan. (Pic courtesy: YouTube)
Akbar Birbal: It is an historical comedy television series presenting the folklore of Akbar Birbal tales with the combination of wit and wisdom. It stars Kiku Sharda and Vishal Kotiyan in lead roles as emperor Akbar and Birbal respectively. (Pic courtesy: YouTube)
Veer Shivaji: A historical TV series which focused on the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the 17th century founder of the Maratha Kingdom. Child actor Paras Arora played the young Shivaji Raje Bhosale and later Amol Kolhe portrayed Shivaji after the leap. Shilpa Tulaskar played Shivaji's mother Jijabai. (Pic courtesy: YouTube)
Jhansi ki Rani: The show was based on the life of Lakshmi Bai, the Rani of Jhansi who fought against the British. Ulka Gupta played Lakshmi Bai and Kratika Sengar portrayed the queen later.
Buddha: The serial is based on the life of Buddha that shows how prince Siddhartha became Buddha. Himanshu Soni played the lead role of Buddha and Kabir Bedi was in a cameo role as Asita Muni, the sage who announces the coming of Gautam Buddha. (Pic courtesy: YouTube)