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Hotstar Specials HOSTAGES: Thriller that holds and beholds

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Hotstar Specials upcoming crime thriller HOSTAGES holds the excitement and thrills to the hilt as it beholds the future of digital thrills.

Basking on the glory of their recent stories like CRIMINAL JUSTICE and CITY OF DREAMS Hotstar yesterday launched their fourth new web series named HOSTAGES helmed by the national award winning filmmaker Sudhir Mishra known for critically acclaimed movies like HAZAARON KHWAISHEIN AISI, DHARAVI, YEH WOH MANZIL TO NAHIN, MAIN ZINDA HOON etc.

The author got the opportunity to watch the pilot episode and it seems that HOSTAGES is set for a thrilling future ahead.

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Presented by Applause Entertainment and directed by Sudhir Mishra who has proven his mettle in thriller with RAAT KI SUBAH NAHIN and complexities of characters in his cinema, that undercurrent of Murphy Law is evident in HOSTAGES as well that stars Ronit Roy, Tisca Chopra, Parvin Dabas and Dalip Tahil in pivotal roles.

An official adaptation of internationally acclaimed series of the same name that aired on CBS on 2013–14 which was based on the Israeli series of the same name created by Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir. HOSTAGES is a crime thriller that revolves around the life of a renowned surgeon Dr. Mira Anand (Tisca Chopra) who is ordered to assassinate the chief minister, in exchange for the survival of her family. 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.

The wonder of digital series is that the maker can create a movie of more than three hours duration. That allows the maker to add better nuances in characterization and development and when a veteran like Sudhir Mishra is on the helm of affairs who is known to display an intriguing interplay of characters (you can pick any of his character, from any of his movies), HOSTAGES in fact sets a maker like Mishra free to explore.

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The first/pilot episode gave the first impression and though the author has watched the original, the intriguing and captivating quality remained intact. The most striking aspect apart from the plot which is based on the known cat and mouse premise, is the unexpected switchbacks that the plot promises. Everybody seems to have a demon to fight, inside and outside.

Sudhir Mishra’s narration holds you tight and offers an insight of the future as well in his well deserved digital debut. Its taut, suspenseful, filled with tension and well etched with fantastic performances.

HOSTAGES is written by Akriti Goel, Madhura Dalimbkar, Mayuk Ghosh, Nisarg Mehta, Shiva Bajpai and Suraj Gianani and will be aired on Hotstar Specials from May 31 2019. 

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