Bhubaneswar: Odisha boy Satyarth Nayak appointed as a lead writer for Sony’s upcoming mega-budget historical TV series PORUS.
Touted as the most expensive show ever produced in India, this magnum opus shall trace the parallel lives of Porus and Alexander, culminating in the legendary Battle of Hydaspes.
PORUS is being produced by Swastik Productions that have created similar historical & mythological mega-budget shows like Mahabharat, Suryaputra Karna, Razia Sultan, Shani and Mahakali. With a reported budget of 500 crores, Porus is touted to be the most expensive TV serial ever produced in India. The show is being shot extensively in Thailand and its First Look was recently released on YouTube to a fantastic response. The show will be aired on Sony TV.
Satyarth Nayak is an author & screen-writer based in New Delhi. Holding a masters in English Literature from St. Stephen’s, he is a former Correspondent at CNN-IBN, Delhi and was felicitated with the SAARC Heal Honour for Health Reporting in India in 2008.
Satyarth’s debut novel The Emperor’s Riddles released in 2014 and became a best-selling thriller. Described as ‘a history meets mystery’ by Times of India, ‘a gripping tale of intrigue’ by Hindustan Times, ‘a heady mix’ by The Hindu, ‘a book that opened a different avenue for budding writers’ by Indian Express and ‘an extraordinary tale of riddles’ by Yahoo, the thriller takes its readers on a trail of cryptic riddles connected to the royal secret of an ancient Indian Emperor. Besides earning acclaim from writers like Amish Tripathi who calls it ‘a fantastic blend of myth & imagination’ and Ashwin Sanghi who calls it ‘Intelligent, Intriguing, Imaginative’, the book has also earned comparisons with Dan Brown. Featured on Wikipedia, the thriller has now been released as an Audio Book by Amazon Audible in US.
Satyarth has spoken at in various literature festivals across the country including Times of India Lit Fest, HT Crime Writers Fest, Tata Literature Live Mumbai, Taj Literature Festival, Bangalore Lit Fest, IIT Delhi Lit Fest, Kumaon Lit Fest and AMU Lit Fest.
Hailing from Odisha, Satyarth was felicitated with the Shri Award for Literature by Rosalin Patasani’s Parichay Foundation at KIITS, Bhubaneswar last year. A regular speaker at the Odisha Literature Festival organised by New Indian Express, Satyarth was also invited by Jagi Panda as a guest for the Achievers Special episode of OTV’S popular talk show Utha Jaga Odisha.
Satyarth’s short story Elixir was published by Penguin in its Sudha Murty anthology Something Happened On The Way To Heaven – 20 Inspiring Real Life Stories. His short stories have also won the British Council Writers Circle Prize and featured in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He also contributes to the iconic Taj Magazine published by Taj Group of hotels. A member of Planning Boards at Kumaon Literary Festival and Utkal Literary Festival, Satyarth was recently named as one of the Top 50 authors to follow on Facebook.
The Emperor’s Riddles has now received an interest from a production house is to plan a film or a web series around it. Satyarth has recently finished his second thriller and is currently working on Sony’s mega-budget historical TV series Porus as a lead writer. He is also planning books on Mahabharat and Indian Cinema and exploring film scripts in Bollywood.