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Indian Adaptation of Hostages Ready for Hotstar


Hotstar Specials is slated to begin streaming Hostages, a crime thriller featuring Ronit Roy and Tisca Chopra that has been adapted from an Israeli original.

The story centers on the life of a renowned surgeon who is ordered to assassinate the chief minister in exchange for the survival of her family. Hostages will begin streaming from May 31 and will be available in multiple Indian languages on Hotstar VIP.

The series has been written by Akriti Goel, Madhura Dalimbkar, Mayuk Ghosh, Nisarg Mehta, Shiva Bajpai and Suraj Gianani.

Armoza Formats distributes Hostages.

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 character 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, 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.”

Roy 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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