SonyLIV will launch a series of original shows in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam in the coming months, the streaming platform announced at an event in Mumbai on Saturday. This includes an Indian remake of the Israeli production Faudaa biographical show about counterfeiter Abdul Karim Telgi and a Tamil series about piracy group TamilRockerz.
Filmmakers the platform will be collaborating with include Pa Ranjith, Karthik Subbaraj, Hansal Mehta, Ashwini Iyer Tiwary, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Balaji Mohan, Sudhir Mishra, Nikkhil Advani, Nila Madhab Panda and Venkat Prabhu. SonyLIV also announced the second season of Avrodh (Premiering June 24), rocket boy and the Maharani led by Huma Qureshi.
Tanaavthe Fauda Remake, directed by Sudhir Mishra and Sachin Krishn. The cast includes Manav Vij, Sumit Kaul, Rajat Kapoor, Shashank Arora, Arbaaz Khan and Waluscha De Sousa.
Synopsis: “Set against the idyllic backdrop of Kashmir in 2017 Tanaav tells the story of a special unit, their bravery and courage. Delving into the human drama behind the ideologies, dealing with complex emotions and flawed characters who all share the same feelings of love, loss, betrayal and revenge, Tanaav is a family-centric socio-political action drama.”
Tamil Rockerzthe piracy group that becomes the filmmakers’ undoing is the subject of a series of the same name. He at Director Arivazhagan directs Arun Vijay in a show the plot of which reads: “As the notorious piracy group Tamilrockerz publicly announces their plan to broadcast ‘Athiradi Star’ Adithya’s big-budget and highly-anticipated next film, ‘GARUDA’ release, a special team will be led by Adithya Rudra, a cop with a scarred past, must fight against time, unruly fans and an anonymous network of cyber-pirates to secure the film.”
The Tamil shows include meme guys, created by Rajiv Rajaram and Drishya Gautam. Guru Somasundaram, Badava Gopi, Aadhitya Bhaskar, Siddharth Babu, Jayanth, Namritha and Nikhil Nair are among the cast in a show about “four humble college kids [who] run an anonymous meme site that takes on joke after joke of their oppressive college administration and inadvertently sparks a college-wide revolution,” reads a press release.
Fraud 2003: The Telgi Storydirected by Hansal Mehta and Tushar Hiranandani and based on Sanjay Singh’s reporter Ki Diary, Gagan Dev Riar stars as the forger who orchestrates a stamp paper scam that goes into the millions.
Freedom at midnightdirected by Nikkhil Advani and based on the book by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins, explores the events leading up to independence in 1947. The comedy series Dr AroraAbout a Traveling Sex Advisor, Directed by Sajid Ali and Archit Kumar, Starring Kumud Mishra, Vivek Mushran, Ajitesh Gupta, Vidya Malvade, Sandeepa Dhar and Shekhar Suman.
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwaris Faadu, written by Saumya Joshi, stars Saiyami Kher and Pavail Gulati in “a unique, intense, poetic love story between two differently-minded characters,” according to a press release. Onirs Pulwama Key #1026 based on Rahul Panditas The love boy of Bahawalpur. The synopsis: “The series pays homage to all those martyrs whose dreams were blown up the minute the suicide bomber’s car hit the bus.”
In that of Tamil filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj Kaiyum Kalavum“A series of random events brings together a compulsive thief and an unfortunate pickpocket who grow closer to love with every theft they commit.” victim is an anthology series with contributions from Pa Ranjith, Venkat Prabhu, Chimbudeven and Rajesh M. The cast includes Amala Paul, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Guru Somasundaram, Lizzie Anton, Prasanna, Nataraja Subramanian, Thambi Ramaiah, Kalaiarasan Harikrishnan and Nasser.
Soumik Sen (Jazz City ’71 – battle over the language), Sudhir Mishra (Jehanabad – Jail Break and Heart Break and children of freedom), Vikas Bahl (good bad girl), Rahul Dholakia (India’s first choice), Manish Hariprasad (Main Sahir Hoon), Cheran Pandan (Trip), Balaji Mohan (Random Farmer & Co) and Arun Prakash (Iru Dhruvam 2) are among the filmmakers who line original series with SonyLIV.
The announcement was preceded by a discussion in Mumbai moderated by Rajeev Masand and attended by Hansal Mehta, Nikkhil Advani, Rana Daggubati, Sameer Nair, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Danish Khan, Head of SonyLIV, Sony Entertainment Television & StudioNext.
“When Fraud 1992 came, we were a small app and we were able to draw in the audience so people could watch and subscribe to our first episode,” Khan said, according to a press statement. “When rocket boy published, we found that 50% of the audience was from the South. That is the strength of OTT and its reach.”
Mehta and Iyer Tiwari praised the long format and said it gives filmmakers more freedom in developing storylines and character arcs. “A creator is not constrained by the limitations of a formula,” Mehta said. “One is free to try new things and to work with an ideal cast. Although it is time consuming, it has set me free.”
According to Daggubati, original series helped creators “tell our local stories, things that are unique to us and can make the world sit up and grab attention.”