Updated: July 28, 2021 8:34:46 am
Disney+ Hotstar is returning with a new slate of projects that were announced on Tuesday in the presence of its talent pool. While Ajay Devgn-Sonakshi Sinha-Sanjay Dutt’s Bhuj and Saif Ali Khan-Yami Gautam’s Bhoot Police is also a part of their calendar for 2021, the OTT major also announced The Empire – starring Kunal Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Dino Morea, Siddharth and Shweta Tripathi’s Escaype Live, Tisca Chopra-starrer Fear 1.0 and the cinematic adaptation of Those Pricey Thakur Girls, among many other.
Sunil Rayan, President and & Head, Disney+ Hotstar spoke about how the audience has accepted and encouraged their original content in Hindi and English. “This year we have had a phenomenal new slate of shows and films along with T20 cricket. We are doubling the titles this year and expanding our regional content,” he said in an interaction with the press.
— Disney+ Hotstar (@DisneyPlusHS) July 27, 2021
He said that shows such as Sushmita Sen’s Aarya and Kay Kay Menon’s Special Ops 1.5 will be returning this year. Apart from The Empire, Escaype Live, Fear 1.0, the audience will also see Human starring Shefali Shah and Kirti Kulhari; Six Suspects with Pratik Gandhi, Richa Chadha and Ashutosh Rana; Ajay Devgn’s Rudra and Dance+.
The virtual event was attended by Kunal Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Shefali Shah, Kirti Kulhari, Siddharth, Richa Chadha and Pratik Gandhi. It was hosted by Sunil Grover.
Actor Shabana Azmi who will be making her digital debut with The Empire talked about the shift of male-centric films to women-led narratives. She said, “Women have been achieving so much all across that it was inevitable that women-centric stories come up, especially in this medium. Women have interesting stories to tell that is different. I think it was a long-overdue move.”
Kunal said about The Empire, “It is an epic period drama. I have never had a chance to do something like this. It was an interesting experience and mounted on a huge scale. It is a visual spectacle and I want to see how the audience reacts. It was incredible and challenging for all of us.”
Scam 1992 fame Pratik Gandhi is overwhelmed with the love he has received on the digital medium. “It’s really motivating, fulfiling and satisfying to receive immense love from the audience. Having worked for 16 years in theatre and regional cinema, I never imagined that my first project on the web would garner so much love. It finally feels that whatever I did was right,” the actor, who will be seen in Six Suspects said. His co-actor Richa Chadha is excited to be working with him on the series as she shared, “I am so happy we are working together and it’s so much fun. It’s actually a great time for talent. The only good thing that happened in the pandemic is that the global platform found a captivating audience.”
Ajay Devgn, who makes his digital debut with crime-drama series Rudra – The Edge of Darkness said, “For an actor, it’s not the medium but the content that matters. We really want people to see our work and appreciate it. Also, OTT space is so huge today and is only growing further. The reach is also tremendous and there is some great content. That’s what excited me. It doesn’t matter where you do it, it’s all about what you do.”
Talking about Rudra, he added, “The writing is very realistic and the world designed is grey. The edgy content works for me as people like seeing such characters. Also, the scale and the way it is designed is amazing.”
Here’s the full list of new titles releasing on Disney Plus Hotstar this year:
The Empire: Historical fiction starring Kunal Kapoor, Dino Morea, Shabana Azmi and Drashti Dhami
Rudra: The Edge of Darkness: Crime drama starring Ajay Devgn and Esha Deol
Aarya (Season 2): Family crime drama starring Sushmita Sen
Human: Medical drama starring Shefali Shah and Kirti Kulhari
Six Suspects: Murder mystery starring Pratik Gandhi, Richa Chadha, Ashutosh Rana
City of Dreams (Season 2): Political drama starring Priya Bapat, Atul Kulkarni, Eijaz Khan, Sachin Pilgaonkar
Escaype Live: Tech-thriller starring Siddharth, Javed Jaffrey, Ritvik Sahore
Fear 1.0: Supernatural thriller starring Tisca Chopra, Saurabh Shukla and Rajesh Tailang
Gharshana: Crime drama starring Naveen Chandra, Sarath Kumar and Jagapathi Babu
My Perfect Husband: Family drama starring Sathyaraj
Family Matters: Mystery thriller starring Murali Sharma, Nandu, Akshara Gowda and Sonia Agarwal
Those Pricey Thakur Girls: Romantic comedy starring Akshay Oberoi, Saher Bamba, Raj Babbar and Poonam Dhillon
The Legend of Hanuman (Season 2): Live animation series with voice by Sharad Kelkar
Dance+: Dance reality series with Remo D’souza
Criminal Justice (Season 3): Crime-drama series starring Pankaj Tripathi
Special Ops 1.5: Espionage thriller starring Kay Kay Menon
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