Hotstar announces launch date of new original ‘Hostages’

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Delivering on its commitment of compelling stories delivered by India’s best story tellers, Hotstar Specials today announced the launch of its next show – ‘Hostages’. The series marks the digital debut of Sudhir Mishra, one of Bollywood’s most revered film makers. Created by Applause Entertainment, it features powerhouse talent like Tisca Chopra and Ronit Roy as leads with Parvin Dabas, Aashim Gulati, Mohan Kapoor, Malhaar Rathod, Sharad Joshi, Surya Sharma, Anangsha Biswas in pivotal roles. The series has been written by Akriti Goel, Madhura Dalimbkar, Mayuk Ghosh, Nisarg Mehta, Shiva Bajpai, Suraj Gianani.

A crime thriller at its core, the story revolves around the life of a renowned surgeon who is ordered to assassinate the chief minister, in exchange for the survival of her family. With relatable characters and nuanced storytelling, ‘Hostages’ evokes the many dilemmas that one can face in a tough situation. Hotstar Specials presents ‘Hostages’ will be streaming from 31st May and will be available in multiple Indian languages on Hotstar VIP.

Director Sudhir Mishra said, “When Applause and Banijay Asia showed me the original Israeli version I was struck not only by its gripping plot but the brilliance with which each characters revealed themselves. Ronit’s character is amazingly layered and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a female character like the one Tisca plays. Parvin’s character has an amazing graph as well. The opportunity to adapt this for India and to direct this powerful ensemble is what directors’ dreams are made of! Thank you Applause, Banijay Asia and Hotstar for this opportunity.”

Talking about her character Tisca Chopra said, “Being in an incredibly high-pressure job, I portray a very fascinating character who is wearing several different hats. Her character is extremely relatable to most women who have had to struggle with jobs at hand while being a role model mother. Sudhir Mishra has identified the nuances that make for a good thriller series and have seeded in exemplary direction for Hostages. I am glad to be a part of this show”

Adding his take on the series, Ronit Roy also commented, “Things heat up quite fast in ‘Hostages’ and it begins with my character Prithvi Singh – superintendent of police. The level of tension fuelled by several plots, twists, and mystery is sure to keep the viewers guessing. Applause Entertainment has developed a bold and unconventional drama which is a perfect match for the Hotstar Specials label. With a brilliant director like Sudhir Mishra and excellent co-actors including Tisca Chopra, Parvin Dabas and Dalip Tahil, the show is packaged so well that you will find yourself binge-watching the episodes just to find out what happens next.”

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