Must Watch Indian Historical Shows On TV

“Have you watched Jodha Akbar yet? It has an amazing star cast and sets too “, Exclaimed one of the ladies in our kitty party group. And the subject of the discussion was Historical shows on Indian TV. Interesting thing is that each one of us has at least one historical serial in the favourite set of serials. It’s surprising to find out that 80% of us in the party prefer watching historical shows over daily soap dramas. We have different reasons to watch these shows like it makes us connect with our roots, to know more about our rich heritage, to teach our children about history and moral values etc. I watch it because I feel the characters in historical shows are inspirational and more clear about their goals, unlike daily soap characters. In short, our kitty party was full of historical discussions. This led to me penning down this list of must-watch historical shows on TV.

The historical genre is on the rise in  Indian TV. Here are the shows that are a must watch.

1.Prithvi Vallabh – Itihaas Bhi, Rahasya Bhi

If you are a fan of war dramas, then here is a Historical war drama for you.  The show follows the stories of the prince of Malwa, Prithvi Vallabh and the princess of Manyakhet, Mrinalvati.  A love story with many fantastical elements, the special effects used in the show give it the grandeur. The war scenes have been shot magnificently with hundreds of warriors on the field.


Image credit: Sony TV

This show is another visual treat for viewers. Porus is a historical drama based on the Battle of the Hydaspes. The drama focuses on the lives of two kings Porus and Alexander the Great, whose fates brought them together at the Battle of the  Hydaspes.With grand sets and eye-catching VFX, this show was a treat for action buffs.

3.Dastaan-e- Mohabbat – Saleem Anarkali

It’s an eternal love story of young Mughal prince Saleem and courtesan named Anarkali. The series shows the love story that shook the foundation of the Mughal empire. The magnum opus is creating magic by showing the grand sets showcasing palaces. It’s amazing to watch the intriguing and entertaining historical drama with perfect lead actors in Shaheer Sheikh and Sonarika Bhadoria. If you haven’t watched it yet, give a try for sure.

4.Jodha Akbar


Jodha Akbar was an epic historical drama that captured our attention during its entire run. The main plot of the show was about a sixteenth-century political marriage of convenience between a Mughal Emperor Akbar and a Rajput princess Jodha Bai. It shows Akbar’s ruling policies and management wisdom at that time. The star cast of the show, Rajat Tokas and Paridhi Sharma had amazing chemistry and became one of the main reasons behind the show’s popularity. Another major highlight of the show was the war sequences which looked real and authentic. You can watch the show, anytime and anywhere, for free only on ZEE5.

So, now that I have shared my list of the best Indian historical shows on TV, I am looking forward to knowing about your list. List out your favourite historical shows on TV and do let me know what you thought of this list.

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