Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat was expected to come up with a leap in May 2016. However, since the main lead was not finalized they decided to postpone it for few more months. According to the latest buzz, the leap will happen somewhere in July 2016. The makers of the serial have decided to extend Siddharth Nigam’s tenure until they get a proper replacement.
If sources are to be believed then Contiloe has approached three actors to essay the role of Ashoka in Colors TV Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat – Mohit Raina, Siddharth Shukhla, Rishabh Sinha. While all the three names sound interesting, here we thought of doing a quick review since they will replace the beloved and very popular Siddharth as Ashoka.
Mohit Raina as Ashoka?
Mohit Raina has been in the TV industry from more than a decade ago. Interestingly, he became a household name in 2011 when he donned the role of Lord Shiva in Life Ok’s Devo Ka Dev – Mahadev which showed the journey of Shiva from a hermit to a householder through his marriage to Sati and Parvati.
Mohit Raina not only worked on his physique for this role but also learnt Kathak, Indian classical dance to master his role as Shiva. No wonder, Mohit became popular as Shiva mainly for his “acting chops, fab aps and groovy smile” – something very similar to Siddharth Nigam. This common aspect between the two gives him a upper hand among his contenders.
Siddharth Shukla as Ashoka?
Recently we saw Siddharth in adventure reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi where he was linked to Tanisha Mukherjee. Before this, he was also seen in dance reality show Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa. Siddharth got famous after he essayed the role of Shivraaj Anoop Shekher in Colors’ popular show Ballika Vadhu. Post this, he made his Bollywood debut in Karan Johar’s Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and hosted Savdhaan India as well as India’s Got Talent.
He is a good actor, no doubt and also possess the height and built to essay the Mauryan Samrat. However, now that we haven’t seen him in any historical/mythological serial in the past and he is over exposed in front of the camera in commercial roles, we doubt if he will really meet viewer’s expectation.
Rishabh Sinha as Ashoka?
Rishabh Sinha became a household name after he marched into the Bigg Boss house as a wild card entrant this season. He not only created a ruckus in the house but also became the bad man. Though his acting prowess isn’t much known (since the only time we saw him on TV was for a small time in Qubool Hai), we are not sure whether Rishabh Sinha will fit in the role or not. Besides, he doesn’t have that physique as compared to the above two.
We might be wrong, but we highly doubt whether he can carry forward the legacy of ASHOKA that Siddharth Nigam has crafted so wonderfully. Perhaps, the Splitsvilla actor can be taken as a villain in a negative role, but certainly not the main lead in Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat. However, now that he has got a Bollywood offer, it is most likely he will not do the serial.
What do you think? Who according to you should be Ashoka post leap?