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Disney+ Hotstar Reveals India Slate of Originals

Disney+ Hotstar, India’s leading streamer, has unveiled a slate of original programming for India made up of 16 series and four films.

Shows listed include The Empire, based on Alex Rutherford’s Empire of the Moghul historical fiction novels, which will star Kunal Kapoor, Dino Morea, Shabana Azmi and Drashti Dhami, and Six Suspects, an adaptation of Slumdog Millionaire.

Also planned are a new season of an animation show, dance reality series Dance+, new tech and supernatural thriller series, as well as crime, family and medical dramas.

“The content slate demonstrates our relentless pursuit of bringing original and locally relevant stories to our consumers,” said Sunil Rayan, president & head, Disney+ Hotstar. “With our fresh slate of movies and shows, we are proud that India’s top stars and industry stalwarts have chosen to debut with us to present stories that are genre-defining.”

“At Disney Star, we believe in the power of great storytelling. We have always challenged conventions and been at the forefront of content creation with powerful and category-defining stories ranging from strong women-centric narratives, mythology to history and contemporary tales,” said Gaurav Banerjee, president and head of Hindi and English entertainment for Star India.

Here is a list of all the new originals:


  • The Empire – historical fiction show starring Kunal Kapoor, Dino Morea, Shabana Azmi, and Drashti Dhami
  • Rudra: The Edge of Darkness – crime drama starring Ajay Devgn and Esha Deol
  • Aarya (Season 2) – family crime drama starring Sushmita Sen
  • Human – medical drama starring Shefali Shah and Kirti Kulhari
  • Six Suspects – murder mystery starring Pratik Gandhi, Richa Chadha, Ashutosh Rana
  • City of Dreams (Season 2) – political drama starring Priya Bapat, Atul Kulkarni, Eijaz Khan, Sachin Pilgaonkar
  • Escaype Live – tech thriller starring Siddharth, Javed Jaffrey, Ritvik Sahore
  • Fear 1.0 – supernatural thriller starring Tisca Chopra, Saurabh Shukla, and Rajesh Tailang
  • Gharshana – crime drama starring Naveen Chandra, Sarath Kumar, and Jagapathi Babu
  • My Perfect Husband – family drama starring Sathyaraj
  • Family Matters – mystery thriller starring Murali Sharma, Nandu, Akshara Gowda, and Sonia Agarwal
  • Those Pricey Thakur Girls – a romantic comedy starring Akshay Oberoi, Saher Bamba, Raj Babbar, and Poonam Dhillon
  • The Legend of Hanuman (Season 2) – live animation series with voice by Sharad Kelkar
  • Dance+ – dance reality series with Remo D’souza
  • Criminal Justice (Season 3) – crime drama series starring Pankaj Tripathi
  • Special Ops 1.5 – espionage thriller starring Kay Kay Menon


  • Bhuj: The Pride of India – war epic starring Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Nora Fatehi
  • Hungama 2 – chaotic comedy starring Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Paresh Rawal, Meezaan
  • Collar Bomb – crime thriller starring Jimmy Shergill
  • Bhoot Police – horror comedy starring Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam

Source: Variety

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