Hotstar Specials, along with Friday Storytellers, will launch a spy action thriller. Hotstar Specials presents ‘Specials Ops’, is slated to release on March 17 in seven languages on Hotstar VIP.
19 years. 12 Countries. 6 Agents. 1 Mastermind. The fast-paced eight-episode series is based on the role of Indian intelligence in a series of real terror attacks that India faced over the last 19 years. Starting with the 2001 attack on Indian Parliament, the show goes back and forth in time covering several other events, including 26/11, Kashmir terror attacks among others; and the chase for the single mastermind behind these attacks — making it the longest manhunt in Indian Intelligence for India’s deadliest enemy.
The show has been written by Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani and Benazir Ali Fida; all of whom have spent years carefully researching the ways of Indian intelligence. Every aspect of the show has been conceptualised and created to deliver a high-quality thrilling experience. Keeping with the scale, it has been shot across numerous international locales, including Turkey, Azerbaijan, Jordan and India.
Hotstar Specials presents ‘Special Ops’ features an ensemble cast including actor Kay Kay Menon along with Karan Tacker, Saiyami Kher, Divya Dutta, Vinay Pathak, Muzammil Ibrahim, Meher Vij, Vipul Gupta, Sajjad Delafrooz, Parmeet Sethi, Gautami Kapoor, Sana Khaan, Sharad Kelkar, KP Mukherjee and many others.
Gaurav Banerjee, Head, Hindi Entertainment, Star India, said, “Neeraj Pandey is one of the most distinguished filmmakers of our time and we are delighted to partner with him for his digital debut. Our goal with Special Ops is to create an action-packed spy series that’s on a par with global standards when it comes to quality and scale; it takes forward the Hotstar Specials agenda of bold and varied story telling on a big scale.”
The show has been directed by Neeraj Pandey and co-directed by Shivam Nair.
Neeraj Pandey, who has created the show, added, “Special Ops is a story I thought of many years ago — it’s a big idea that required a lot of patience and research to pursue and develop. With newer and exciting formats of storytelling gaining prominence, we were able to build a fabulous team to create this larger-than-life story that strings together many real events from the past two decades. For the first time in the history of Indian entertainment, the 2001 Indian Parliament Attack has been recreated on celluloid. That’s just one of the many big moments from the show.”
Shital Bhatia, who has produced the show, said, “A big idea requires the right scale and platform to bring it altogether. This is an exciting partnership for us and has many firsts — first digital series from Friday storytellers, Neeraj’s first on the digital platform and our association with the largest OTT Hotstar. The show has the right mix of scale, talent and pace to enthral and entertain the audiences.”
The world of Special Ops takes us through a journey of Himmat Singh a R&AW Agent. Very soon in his career, he draws up an analogy about the several terrorist attacks that have been occurring in the country. Based on some proof and actual study of various attacks and their modes operandi, he is convinced that a man named Ikhlaq is the real mastermind behind all the terror attacks. Himmat deploys a team of remarkably skilled agents — Farooq, Ruhani, Juhi, Bala and Avinash — as his task force. Disguised and living in different parts of the world, the team’s sole objective is to get one step closer to the mastermind.