The Empire Controversy: A web series has been made on Disney+ Hotstar on the story of the Mughal Empire during medieval India. The name of this series is The Empire.
It is the story of the life of the first Mughal emperor Babur. Although the makers are telling this show a fictional story inspired by history, but with its release, this web series has been embroiled in controversies.
There is a demand to boycott it on social media. Users allege that Mughals have been glorified in this series. The #UninstallHotstar hashtag has been trending on Twitter since Friday morning.
The series is based on this novel
The Empire has been released on Disney Hotstar. The Empire Series is based on 'Riders from the North', the first episode of 'Empire of the Muggle', a series of six historical novels by Alex Rutherford. It begins with the First Battle of Panipat in 1526, where Babur is recounting the journey of his life.
Users say that Babar has been glorified in the series. Babur was an assassin and he killed lakhs of Hindus in the victory of India. Ram Janmabhoomi was also destroyed.
In such a situation, such series is going to hurt religious sentiments. The Empire controversy could create serious problems for the makers considering the current political environment in the country.
The story of Babur, who laid the foundation of Mughal rule in India, from a teenager to the emperor of a region, has so far been read by people only as written in the history books.
The story of Babar in the web series shows the ups and downs in his life. Veteran actress Shabana Azmi plays Babar's grandmother Esaan Daulat in the web series 'The Empire'.