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Kunal Kapoor remembers reading Alex Rutherford’s Raiders from the North, the first book in the Empire of the Moghul series. Call it serendipity or what you will, but a few months later, the actor received a call from Nikkhil Advani, who offered him the role of Babur in The Empire. “Nikkhil said he has the book rights and wanted me to read the script. Sometimes, scripts are not able to live up to the source material, but here, the script enhances it,” says Kapoor, who fronts the Disney+ Hotstar period piece that dropped over the weekend.  

Telling the story of Mughals in the current social climate is not easy. As soon as the Mitakshara Kumar-directed series dropped online, a section of social media users expressed their anger against it for “glorifying the Mughals.”

Many had thought that things would look up for the actor post Veeram (2017), the acclaimed Malayalam rendition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Does he feel that he didn’t get his due?


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