Ronit Roy, Tisca Chopra, Parvin Dabas and Dalip Tahil have been cast in Applause Entertainment’s Indian remake of the thriller Hostages, with the local version to be produced by Banijay Asia.
Roy (Udaan, 2 States, Kaabil, Adaalat) stars alongside Chopra (Taare Zameen Par, Rahasya, Ghayal Once Again) in the series, which is a remake of the Israeli high-stakes thriller from Armoza Formats. Dabas (Khosla ka Ghosla, Ghanchakkar, Indu Sarkar) and Tahil (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Salaam Mumbai, EastEnders) also take on lead roles. Sudhir Mishra, the creator of classic films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Chameli, Khoya Khoya Chand and Daas Dev, will be directing the digital drama.
Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause Entertainment, commented, “Hostages is an enthralling and captivating concept, which will hook viewers. There is a clear demand for a show like this in the digital space and with a brilliant director like Sudhir Mishra, an exceptional producer like Deepak Dhar and a host of talented actors like Ronit, Tisca, Parvin and Dalip, this show will definitely take the premium conspiracy series bar a notch higher.’’
Deepak Dhar, founder and CEO of Banijay Asia, said, “I am grateful for the support and belief that Sameer has shown in me and my endeavor. We at Banijay Asia are glad to be associated with Applause Entertainment for a prestigious and an acclaimed international thriller like Hostages. With Sameer Nair and Banijay Group coming together we aim to produce some groundbreaking content across genres for the audience.”
Mishra added, “I treat each and every film/show of mine as the first one, which helps me think of the plot in a new and fresh way. Hostages is one such example. For me, every element and every person who is involved in the project forms an integral part, including the actors, producers, writer, cameraman and the whole team. On Hostages, having a mind like Sameer Nair and a house full of extraordinary actors and writers, I’m enjoying directing this’.’
Roy said, “Hostages is a show which had me arrested in front of the screen when I watched it. It has been hugely appreciated all over the globe and my character in the series is very intriguing. I constantly strive to keep my audiences engaged and entertained with each of my performances. I’m delighted to work with an excellent director like Sudhir Mishra for this series.”
Chopra added, “My character in the series is very demanding and it will be challenging to live up to the high hopes set by the original show. But I’m sure that having a director like Sudhir Mishra and a cast full of brilliant actors, this journey will be an interesting one. A show like this has never been made before and Hostages will give a fresh turn to the Indian digital space.”
Dabas commented, “I like taking risks when it comes to playing characters and my role in Hostages challenges me as an actor. The script of Hostages is spellbinding and I’m very thrilled that I’m getting directed by Sudhir Mishra and collaborating with actors like Ronit Roy and Tisca Chopra for this wonderful project.”