The Empire director brushes aside comparisons with Game of Thrones


The Empire, starring Kunal Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Dino Morea and Drashti Dhami has released on a leading OTT platform and has received its share or brickbats and bouquets. It’s already caused a controversy on social media with people claiming it glorifies Mughal culture. And there are some who state that the historical drama blatantly copies from Game of Thrones and Sanjay Leela Bhansali films. Reacting to these claims, director Mitakshara Kumar told a leading daily that they don’t even have half the budget of Game of Thrones.

“They have dragons and zombies, how can people compare? You want to compare our show to Game of Thrones? Give us the budget of Game of Thrones. That show is made on a huge scale. I think our entire series could be made in the budget they use for just 1-2 episodes. If despite having a fraction of the budget, we are still being compared to Game of Thrones, I think somewhere we have done something right,” she said.

The Empire

“I think these are unnecessary comparisons. Comparisons will be made and it is tragic that it is Game Of Thrones because it is a fantastic show. Whenever you do a period drama like that it will be compared to something. Some will say it is like Padmaavat, Bajirao or Game Of Thrones, but it is a different story, it’s a different world, different characters different people. If people are comparing the scale (to GOT) then great, it’s wonderful, but I don’t think there is any other commonality between that show and this show,” added lead actor Kunal Kapoor in an interview with an entertainment portal.


The first series of The Empire deals with Emperor Babar and his nemesis, Shaibani Khan.


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