There have been serious discussions on Facebook and other media about the new Porus TV serial presenting history from the Indian point of view. This is a far cry from our Western view of Alexander’s campaign in that part of the world and most probably will come as a shock to us. Besides, a TV series of 260 episodes is far beyond our pace and concept of things.
But then, it may be worth watching at least some of these episodes which are set in grand Bollywood style as after all they may not be too far away from what Alexander found when he arrived in
India and met Porus
and the other opulent rulers in .
If this kind of pomp and opulence may seem exaggerated to our eyes, just
imagine the effect it had on Alexander.
It is so much beyond our vision of the world, even today and we easily tend to
forget the impact this must have had on Alexander
and his Macedonians. It is something to think about when watching this series.
The teaser is an excellent introduction to the feel of the setting: India
It is obvious that the Indian producers are not following Greek historians literally but the main story line of Alexander winning the Battle of the Hydaspes over Porus is respected. Also, Philip and Olympias are easily recognizable and the Macedonian part – as opposed to India's flamboyant colours and opulent glitter - is tuned down to single coloured clothes and set in classical decors. The actor playing the role of Alexander has been chosen with light eyes and his hair has been discoloured to match the picture we generally have of the Macedonian King (although his body language is not).
Little of Porus’ exploits have been recorded in Indian history, meaning that there is little information to go by. As a result, the Indian film producers let their imagination flow freely and did not shy away from creating a pretty extravagant setting in which they feel very comfortable, no doubt. The Alexander part, on the other hand, is following a pretty faithful storyline.
So let’s brush aside our prejudices and look at history from a different angle altogether. This is the first episode:
All following episodes can be watched on this link of Sony Liv.