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Disney+ Hotstar’s Criminal Justice to Return


Disney+ Hotstar’s series Criminal Justice, produced by Applause Entertainment in association with BBC Studios India, is set to return for a third season.

Based on the original U.K. version by Peter Moffat, Criminal Justice follows an individual through the criminal justice system. The third season will center on the Indian juvenile judicial and jail system and will see the return of Pankaj Tripathi’s character, Madhav Mishra.

Gaurav Banerjee, president and head of content at Disney+ Hotstar and HSM Entertainment Network, Star and Disney India, said: “At Disney+ Hotstar, we are committed to bringing powerful and category-defining stories to our viewers. Criminal Justice has been one of the most-watched Hotstar Specials series on Disney+ Hotstar, and we are thrilled to bring yet another exciting chapter to our viewers. The second chapter of the series represented India by winning Best Asian Drama at the Content Asia Awards 2021, continuing the legacy and promise to entertain audiences. The authenticity of the series speaks to our discerning viewers’ and has been lauded by many, season after season.”

Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause Entertainment, said: “We are excited to create the next chapter in this successful franchise with partners like Disney+ Hotstar and BBC Studios. In season three, we tackle a subject that has not been explored before. We take a look at the legal process for juveniles in India within a storyline that explores the stresses of modern urban relationships. We feel that this series will continue to push the viewers to question who is innocent and guilty, and, more importantly, how that punishment gets meted out.”

Sameer Gogate, general manager of BBC Studios India, commented: “We are delighted to see this BBC Studios series grow from strength to strength with a distinctly local flavor. Embarking on the production for season three demonstrates the immense potential of the Criminal Justice franchise to transcend geographical boundaries and touch the hearts of local Indian audiences. As we partner with Applause Entertainment for the third season, we hope that this season will continue to break new grounds for us.”

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