Indian Take on Luther Set for Disney+ Hotstar VIP


Applause Entertainment’s Indian version of Luther is set to star Bollywood star Ajay Devgn and will roll out on the Disney+ Hotstar VIP streaming platform.

Rudra—The Edge of Darkness will film across Mumbai, with production due to begin soon. It is produced by Sameer Nair’s Applause Entertainment in association with BBC Studios India. “Rudra—The Edge of Darkness is one of our biggest shows to date and we are very excited to have Ajay Devgn play the lead,” said Nair, Applause’s CEO. “He truly has the fiery intensity and persona required to play this iconic character. With Disney+ Hotstar VIP we have built a strong foundation and are looking forward to creating this global series. We work very closely with BBC Studios to bring the best stories to Indian audiences and Rudra is a brilliant reimagination of an iconic global format.”

Sunil Rayan, president and head of Disney+ Hotstar, added, “The scale at which Rudra—The Edge of Darkness is being created is enormous and is a testament to our passion for creating compelling, disruptive content. This kind of storytelling has never before been attempted in India. The narrative is bold and genre-defining, crafted not just for metro audiences but also appealing to hundreds of millions of users across the country. We’re thrilled to have Ajay Devgn headline the series and we are certain that his fans would be happy to see him in a new avatar.”

Devgn said, “My attempt has always been to tell unique stories and work with good talent. The idea is to raise the bar of entertainment in India. The digital world excites me, and I am looking forward to working with Applause and BBC to bring this series to life on Disney+ Hotstar VIP. Rudra—The Edge of Darkness is a compelling and highly intriguing story, and I can’t wait to begin this new journey! Playing a cop on screen is not new to me, but this time the character is more intense, complex, and dark. What drew me most to his persona is that he is possibly the greyest character you may come across in recent times.”