Special Ops, the web series on Disney + Hotstar created by Neeraj Pandey and starring actor Kay Kay Menon, is set to return with a new series Special Ops season 1.5: The Himmat Story. In a press release on Friday, the platform also announced the launch of Special Ops Universe, a “multi-series.”
Special Ops Universe, the press release said, will be the “first-ever multi-series” in India, a series in which multiple characters, stories and seasons will co-exist within a universe. Each character in the series will have their own backstory and series.
Special Ops season 1.5: The Himmat Story goes back in time to 2001 and explores the formative years of Himmat Singh, the character played by Kay Kay Menon, as an R&AW agent and how he uses his “wits and intelligence” for a different operation. Special Ops season 1.5: The Himmat Story is neither a prequel nor a sequel to Special Ops and will be broadcast as three episodes, each about an hour long.
The show is slated to launch later this year. Like Special Ops, this series will also be shot across multiple international locations.
Created and conceptualized by film-maker Neeraj Pandey and produced by Friday Storytellers, Special Ops premiered on Disney+ Hotstar in March last year and has been released in seven major Indian languages. The series was in the top 10 list of Google’s most searched and trending web series in 2020.
Pandey said in the press release, “Special Ops was conceptualized as a universe which will go beyond the regular narratives of linear seasons and conventional storytelling; and the ensemble of cast and characters does lend itself extremely well. We are starting off with a unique Special Ops 1.5; which is neither a prequel nor a sequel and with this the audience will be witnessing the backstory of the main protagonist Himmat Singh! The series will start with Himmat Singh being assigned to another case, but the deflection point is the same parliament attack that started the series of events.”
Kay Kay Menon added, “If you thought that you had seen the best of Himmat Singh, you need to wait for Special Ops 1.5 – it is a terrific redemption story! While it’s not a prequel to Special Ops, there is some interesting history about the character that will unfold. As an actor I strive to do different things and being part of a new universe is very exciting.”
All shows that will be a part of the Special Ops Universe will release on Disney+ Hotstar VIP and Disney+ Hotstar Premium.