Original content is the biggest draw on digital content platforms today, and India’s most successful OTT platform, Hotstar, has just released another original series under the Hotstar Specials umbrella to follow the hugely successful Criminal Justice (which pegged a very high 8.2/10 on IMDB). is a crime thriller, Hostages featuring intense actor Ronit Roy with Tisca Chopra. The gripping baseline completely sets the tone: Would you kill an innocent to save your family?
Hostages marks the digital debut of Sudhir Mishra, one of Bollywood’s most respected film makers. Created by Applause Entertainment, Hostages also features Parvin Dabas, Aashim Gulati, Mohan Kapoor, Malhaar Rathod, Sharad Joshi, Dalip Tahil, Surya Sharma and Anangsha Biswas in pivotal roles, along with Ronit Roy and Tisca Chopra in the leads. The series has been written by Akriti Goel, Madhura Dalimbkar, Mayuk Ghosh, Nisarg Mehta, Shiva Bajpai and Suraj Gianani.
The story of this out and out crime thriller revolves around the life of a renowned surgeon who is ordered to assassinate the chief minister in exchange for the survival of her family. A theme like this instantly creates empathy in the viewer, who would will the the desperate surgeon to win against all odds.
Hotstar Specials presents Hostages will begin streaming from 31st May and will be available in multiple Indian languages on Hotstar VIP.
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 characters 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, Tisca 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”
Ronit 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.”
Synopsis of Hostages
An official adaptation of internationally acclaimed series, Hostages brings to life an impossible predicament with no middle ground. The story follows a renowned surgeon Dr. Mira Anand (Tisca Chopra) who is about to perform a routine operation on the Chief Minister. But there is nothing routine about it when the night before the procedure, her family is taken hostage and she is ordered to assassinate the chief minister – and save her family from a harrowing fate. Prithvi Singh (Ronit Roy), a cop with the Mumbai police team who not only has this hostage situation to deal with, but also his own inner struggles.
Dr. Mira Anand’s battle to save her family or kill the chief minister takes us on a journey, where every character is a pawn fighting for survival. Trapped in a no-win situation, she now must choose one over the other. Will Dr. Mira Anand make an impossible resolution?