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Kunal Kapoor terms The Empire’s comparison with Game of Thrones ‘unnecessary’

The Empire, recently premiered on Disney+Hotstar, is based on the life of Babur, the Mughal emperor

Megha Mukundan
Aug 29, 2021
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Kunal Kapoor

Actor Kunal Kapoor, in a recent interview with Bollywood Bubble, spoke out his take on The Empire being compared with Game of Thrones. He said the comparisons are unnecessary as both of them have completely different stories, different people and set in a different world. He also added that it would have been wonderful when the comparison is made with regard to the scale of GOT, and that the projects share no other commonality.

The Empire was released on Friday, which is based on the life of Babur, the Mughal emperor. The story is inspired from a book by Alex Rutherford, titled as Empire of the Moghul: Raiders from the North. The web series comprises Babur’s life from the age of 14 years, covering his establishment of the kingdom to his death. The show which stars Kunal as Babur, also has Dino Morea and Drashti Dhami in pivotal roles.

Ever since the show was announced, it was being compared to many period dramas like Padmavat and Bajirao Mastani. But due to the style and looks of the show, it was mostly compared to the hit HBO series Game of Thrones by most of the movie buffs.

Kunal further added that everytime when a period drama is out, it will be compared to one or the other. “It is true that comparisons will be made, but this time, it is tragic that people have compared our project with Game of Thrones because it is a fantastic show. If people are comparing the scale (to GOT), it is wonderful, but I don’t think there is any other commonality between that show and this show,” he said.

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Kunal Kapoor as Babur in The Empire

Meanwhile, the show’s creator Nikkhil Advani was asked whether it is the right time for considering Babur’s story as a politically sensitive subject, in a PTI interview. He responded to the question by stating that he is not retelling the story, but just narrating a story which is already available. Nikkhil also said he is not claiming that the show is factual, instead, he just followed the book,

The Empire was released on August 27 on Disney+Hotstar. 

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