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Aarya release highlights: Sushmita Sen starrer gets a thumbs up from fans

Here's what celebrities, critics and fans are saying about web series Aarya, starring Sushmita Sen, Chandrachur Singh, Sikander Kher, Ankur Bhatia, Alexx O'Nell, Namit Das and Manish Choudhary.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 20, 2020 8:01:33 am
Aarya Aarya is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

Created by filmmaker Ram Madhvani, web series Aarya has finally started streaming on Disney+ Hotstar. It marks the return of Bollywood diva Sushmita Sen after a gap of five years. She was last seen in Bengali movie Nirbaak. The web series also stars Chandrachur Singh, Sikandar Kher, Ankur Bhatia and Namit Das among others. Aarya tells the story of a woman whose husband is involved in the narcotics trade and is one day shot dead by his competitors. From here on, she takes charge of the family business and makes sure she protects her three children from the enemies.

Ever since Aarya was announced, Sushmita has been quite excited about its release. She has been sharing photos and videos from the sets of Aarya. In one of the videos, the actor shares what she likes about her character Aarya. “What I like the most about her is, you can’t put her under any definition, she is as raw as any other human emotion,” Sen said.

Neerja fame Ram Madhvani got the idea of making Aarya after watching Dutch series Penoza nine years ago. After struggling on how to adapt it for the Indian audience for many years, he got the idea for its Hindi adaptation while travelling on a train. “I was travelling on a train and I asked the TC what are these flowers outside the window. He told me those are opium fields. That’s when it occurred to me how to root this. I said now I know how to make it culturally in an Indian context,” Madvani shared while talking about Aarya’s inception in a making video.

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16:49 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'Well written web series'

"#Aarya web series...Well written... brilliant performance by the beautiful @thesushmitasen What a comeback..this is how comeback is done. mind blowing So good to see chandrchur singh after long time. its a must watch..go and watch it.. @DisneyPlusHS," @ashutosh2369 said via Twitter. 

16:07 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Sushmita Sen shares her experience of working with Manish Chaudhari

"Discipline, focus & controlled intensity!!! 👊🤗❤️ WHAT AN ACTOR @chaudhari_manish 👏🤗 Introducing #shekhawat in #Aarya What a suave character, a ruthless one in Aarya, yet in real life is the gentlest absolute Gentleman!!!❤️😇 I will forever cherish the grace he showed me in the most difficult of Scenes!!🙏 I can’t wait to work with him much to learn!!!😍💃🏻 Here’s wishing you every happiness & success, you so richly deserve Manish!!!👏❤️😇 #blessed I love you guys!!!💃🏻" Sushmita sen wrote on Instagram. 

15:44 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'Ram Madhvani, take a bow'

"Just finished watching #Aarya - the story, the screenplay, the acting - all top notch !! #SushmitaSen where were you for so long ma’am. ? WHAT A PERFORMANCE! @RamKMadhvani take a bow! This is in the level of any international show out there," @RatheeshMani shared on Twitter. 

15:19 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'Loved every bit of it'

"Just finished Watching #Arya on Disney + hotstar...what a roller coaster ride it was. All the 9 episode keeps me hooked the detailed work of everything...loved every bit of it❤ @thesushmitasen what a comeback. loved ur work..So soo beautifully done. Watch it guys it's osm," Twitter user @akash_wagh_ wrote.

14:33 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'Glad Sushmita Sen is back on screen'

"@thesushmitasen You are such an inspiration. I admire you the most. Humble and so down to earth. Loved watching #aarya so glad you are back on screen,"@harshit113 said via Twitter. 

13:57 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Aarya is outstanding: Kirron Kher

Sharing her views about Aarya, Kirron Kher tweeted, "All the best to Team #Aarya, which is launched today on Disney Hotstar. And a special blessing for my own @sikandarkher. Do watch it guys. It’s outstanding ♥ @DisneyplusHSVIP."

13:42 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Namit Das is an institution in himself, says Sushmita Sen

Sharing a photo with actor Namit Das, Sushmita Sen wrote on Instagram, "This one is an institution by himself..he sings like a dream, dances with abandonment, writes powerfully & travels for inspiration!!! He’s ALSO an Actor!! #phewwww 😁🤗❤️Introducing #Jawahar @namitdas in #Aarya 🤗 He doesn’t Act...he becomes!!! #natural #rockstar 👊😁 ‬I have learned so much from you Namit, Thank you for being such a generous co star!!! 🤗❤️ I love you guys!!!!" 

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13:20 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'Wish we get to see more of Sikander Kher'

"Started watchin #Aarya 7 episodes down.. Onto 8th, Grippin n intense n so good to see @thesushmitasen back in action in a strong n fierce role Worth the wait @sikandarkher subtle n fab as well, wish we got to see more of him," @Ruth4ashab wrote on Twitter. 

12:52 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'Excellent storytelling'

Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared on Twitter, "Rarely do you witness such character detailing in an #Indian series... #Aarya on @DisneyplusHSVIP keeps you glued from beginning till end... Excellent storytelling by @RamKMadhvani about family and crime... @thesushmitasen pitches in a fab act. #MustWatch"

12:33 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'A must watch'

"Comeback and how!! I had been waiting to watch @thesushmitasen back on screen and #Aarya is surely a treat to watch. She brings grace, grit and panache to the character and keeps you hooked to the show. A must watch over the weekend on @DisneyplusHSVIP," Sreedhar Pillai wrote on Twitter. 

12:17 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Fans shower love on Sushmita Sen

"Thanks @DisneyPlusHS for bringing back the actors like @thesushmitasen@chandrachoorsingh.Only watched first episode and I felt where were you guys for so long... #Aarya," @iamnischay007 said via Twitter. 

12:01 (IST)19 Jun 2020
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11:43 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'A good suspense thriller'

"Watched #Aarya on @DisneyPlusHS and must say what a powerful comeback of @thesushmitasen. Loved her performance, Strong characters. A good suspense thriller to watch," @itsHimanshu_G said via Twitter. 

11:07 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'Aarya is a hi-octane thriller'

"#AaryaReview: Very rarely do you come across #Hindi web series that marries form and content so beautifully. #Aarya is a hi-octane thriller and the thrills, stunts and pace - vital for any thriller to strike a chord - are sure to keep you on the edge from Scene A to Z," @SinhaSomesh wrote on Twitter. 

10:51 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Chandrachur Singh shares his experience of working on Aarya

Chandrachur Singh described his experience of working on Aarya as a “moving experience”. He said, “When I was approached for Aarya, I felt it was right. I believe deeply in my instinct and intuition. I felt it was the right time for things to happen. The vibe I got from the people was just right. Then I came to know that Sushmita was a part of this too, and we were supposed to work together years ago, but it never happened. So I started believing strongly that some things happen because it is the right time for them to happen.” Read more 

10:32 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'Complete rollercoaster'

"#Aarya Brilliance is the word.... Honestly can't wait for the season 2 ... Complete roller coster @thesushmitasen fabulous and gorgeous as always happy to see u back," @tadkaamarke wrote on Twitter.

10:13 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Sikander Kher on working with Sushmita Sen

During an interaction with, Sikander Kher shared his experience of working with Sushmita Sen. "She is an amazing co-star. So much fun, energetic, always on call, constantly thinking and trying to add to the scene. We all had a great time with her. She is a pleasure to work with. She is very friendly and such a regular, down-to-earth person. She doesn’t take her stardom seriously. So, it was peaceful," Kher said. Read more 

Actor Chandrachur Singh auditioned for his role in Aarya over Whatsapp while he was in Dehradun with his son for his school's entrance exam. After he was blocked for the role, he came to Mumbai for a ten-day workshop and was most excited to work with Ram Madhvani who he believes has “a unique style of filmmaking”. He told, “On the sets of Aarya, we were addressed as our characters, both, on and off camera. That was Ram’s way of keeping us in character. When we walked on the set, we were addressed like ‘Tej walks on the set’ or ‘Aarya walks on the set’. Everyone on the set was so passionate that we just had to feed off each other’s energy. Also, all the tears and everything that you see in the series is real. There is no glycerine used. It is like one long scene happening, so you get involved in it entirely."

Not just Singh, Sikander Kher also had only one reason to say yes to Aarya - Ram Madvani. "The way he has treated it, the way he has shot it (the series), I have never really worked on something like this. We did something like 360 degrees of work where there used to be no cut but only action, as in, you just have to continue the shot. It was magical. It is my first time to have worked on something like this. It will be interesting to see how it turns out on screen," Kher shared.

Working on Aarya was a different experience for Sushmita Sen too. She earlier said in a virtual media interaction that she had to unlearn everything to play the lead role of Aarya in the series due to the authenticity of the writing, the setting, the costumes, make-up and so on. She said, “I come from a larger-than-life screen. We are used to everything being dramatic. Our dialogues are delivered a certain way. Our make-up is done in a certain way. But with Ram Madhvani and with Aarya, I had to unlearn everything.”