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Samrat Chandragupta (1958)

  • Release Date1958
  • GenreAdventure, Drama, History
  • FormatB-W
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time105 mins
  • Length3362.85 metres
  • Number of Reels12
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate NumberU-23896-MUM
  • Certificate Date20/03/1958
  • Shooting LocationBasant Studios, Chembur

At a time when Sikandar's army was knocking at the borders of India, Chandragupt was deprived of Magadh's throne by his step brother Nand. Drunk with power and pride Nand also insulted the great diplomat Chanakya.

Chanakya who could foresee the ever-increasing strength of Sikandar, joined hands with Chandragupt. Both of them vouched to stop the invasion of Sikandar and also to dethrone Nand. Chanakya advised Chandragupt to learn the strategy of war as practised by the foreign    army. With courage as his weapon, Chandragupt, alone, entered the camp of Sikandar. Here he saved the life of Helen, the daughter of Commander Celyucus, from being crushed under the feet of a mad elephant. Thus Chandragupt not only became the hero of the 'enemy camp' but also became the heart-throb of Helen. She induced her father to teach Chandragupt the technique of warfare. Impressed by the courage and frankness of Chandragupt, Sikandar changed his mind to conquer India and returned back to Greece.

Here, with the help of Parvatraj, Chandragupt captured the throne of Magadh, while Sikandar died on his way to Greece. After the death of Sikandar, his Commandar again invaded India. But this time he had to meet the stubborn opposition of the braver forces of Chandragupt. Celyucus was defeated and captured by Chandragupt. Chanakya, now minister of Magadh, had an ambition to have an alliance between the two countries. With this end in view, he declared Helen as the future Queen of Magadh. But Chandra's mother opposed this scheme. 

Who won this battle of wits?
Who became the Queen? 
What fate Celyucus met with? 

You better get the answers to all these questions in a thrilling climax on the Silver Screen.

(From the official press booklet)