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The Empire: Which characters Shabana Azmi, Kunal Kapoor, Drashti Dhami and others play in the series

The Empire will stream on Disney+ Hotstar from August 27, 2021.

Aishwarya Vasudevan
Aug 24, 2021
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The Empire cast

Only a few days are left for one of the biggest shows on OTT, The Empire on Disney+ Hotstar. The show created by Nikkhil Advani is based on the book Empire of the Moghul: Raiders from the North by Alex Rutherford. The Empire features an ensemble cast, namely Kunal Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Drashti Dhami, Dino Morea, Aditya Seal, and Sahher Bamba. The magnum series is directed by Mitakshara Kumar and co-written with Bhavani Iyer.

Now, ahead of the streaming of The Empire, let's take a look at each of the characters in detail and know who plays which role. 

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The Empire cast
Kunal Kapoor as King Babur
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The series begins with a young 14-year-old ascending the throne of Ferghana, and follows his journey of becoming King Babur. It highlights how a king is created by his people, kingdom, and his family's significant role in building him.

Shabana Azmi as Esan Daulat
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The veteran actor plays the role of the ultimate kingmaker who is politically astute with a razor-sharp mind. She was King Babur's foresighted fearless grandmother.

Drashti Dhami as Khanzada Begum
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The actor plays iron-willed Babur’s sister and his guide, the epitome of royal grace who is vigilant, sharp and resilient.

Dino Morea as Shaibani Khan
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Playing Babur's greatest enemy, Shaibani Khan is a menacing, overly ambitious and ruthless emperor whose chase for desire knows no limits.

Aditya Seal as Humayun
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The actor plays the onscreen son of Kunal Kapoor who is seen as the first emperor of the Mughal Empire. Babur succeeds his father as the second emperor of the Mughal dynasty. 

Rahul Dev as Wazir Khan
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The actor plays the role of Wazir Khan, a close aide and general in the military of King Babur.

Sahher Bambba as Maham Begum
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Maham Begum was the third wife of King Babur. She was also his chief consort who went on to become the first lady of the Mughal court. 

The Empire is set to stream from August 27, 2021.

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