Hotstar Specials, in conjunction with Ram Madhvani Films (RMF), is set to launch Aarya – “where organised crime is the daily family business and betrayal runs deep”.
Born in an upper-class family in Rajasthan, Aarya (Sushmita Sen) is a ‘doting wife’ to Tej (Chandrachur Singh), an ‘obedient daughter’, a loving sister and a dedicated mother to three beautiful children. Her family owns one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies which is a front for an illegal drug ring that is run by Tej, Jawahar and Sangram – her brother.
When she finds her husband getting sucked in too deep into the family business, she gives him an ultimatum to either leave the business or leave her and the children. Suddenly, Tej is mysteriously attacked, her family’s lives are threatened and this changes Aarya’s life forever. She then embarks upon a quest to protect her family from rivals, discovering dark secrets about her family and the business, while getting sucked deeper into the very world she wanted to leave.
The series marks former Miss Universe and actor Sushmita Sen’s digital debut and she is back on screen after more than a decade. The series also marks the return of actor Chandrachur Singh. The show also features an ensemble cast of actors including Namit Das, Sikandar Kher, Jayant Kripalani, Sohaila Kapoor, Sugandha Garg, Maya Sareen, Vishwajeet Pradhan and Manish Chaudhary in pivotal roles. Co-produced by Endemol Shine, Aarya is an official adaptation of popular Dutch crime-drama Penoza.
Directors Ram Madhvani, Sandeep Modi and Vinod Rawat have shot the entire series in 360 degrees system with natural lighting that gives the show a real, believable look – a first for digital content. Writers Sandeep Srivastav and Anu Singh Choudhary have highlighted the dichotomy of familial relationships that’s riddled with betrayal and deceit. Shot amidst the opulence of Rajasthan, Aarya showcases a contemporary India with a strong women in powerful roles. The series is set to release on 19 June on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.
Ram Madhvani, Director, Co-creator and Co-producer RMF (Ram Madhvani Films) said, “The world of Aarya is a complex web of emotions, twisted family bonds and betrayal at the heart of it all. It’s a bold and strong narrative that takes it beyond the spectrum of a crime-drama. I spent many years trying to build this world brick-by-brick but I didn’t do it alone – 588 others from the cast and crew have built this show from ground up! It’s going to be an unpredictable but refreshing watch!”
Actor Sushmita Sen said, “Aarya represents strength, determination and above all vulnerability in a world full of crime, a world run by men. For me, personally, it is the story of family, betrayal and a mother who is willing to go to any length to protect her children. It took me a decade to find a role like this to sink into and I’m thrilled to be a part of this incredible story.”
Chandrachur Singh, said, “Things heat up quite fast in Aarya as a web of lies and betrayal begins to unravel itself – almost like a butterfly effect. The beauty of digital content is that there is a brave new form of storytelling and I am beyond exhilarated to make my debut with this show. The level of tension and intensity fuelled by several plot twists, and a mystery at its very core will keep the viewers guessing.”