Disney+ Hotstar announces 16 original series and 4 films for 2021

Disney+ Hotstar has released its new, all-star line-up of titles for the year 2021 in a virtual event. Out of the 16 original shows and four films announced in different genres, shows such as ‘Aarya Season 2‘, ‘Special Ops 1.5‘, and films like ‘Bhuj: The Pride of India‘ and ‘Bhoot Police‘, find a place in the streamer’s latest calendar.

In addition to these, the streaming collection includes, period drama ‘The Empire‘, techno-thriller ‘Escaype Live’, ‘Fear 1.0’ and the cinematic adaptation of the book ‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’ by Anuja Chauhan.

The viewers will also see medical drama ‘Human’, murder mystery ‘Six Suspects‘, Ajay Devgn’s ‘Rudra‘ and dance reality series ‘Dance+’.

The Disney+ Hotstar virtual event was hosted by Sunil Grover with its top stars in attendance including, Kunal Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Shefali Shah, Kirti Kulhari, Siddharth, Richa Chadha, and Pratik Gandhi.

As per Sunil Rayan, President and & Head, Disney+ Hotstar, the streamer is doubling the titles this year and expanding its regional content along with live streams of popular cricket tournaments, including the Vivo IPL 2021 and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

The platform has introduced new subscription plans to make content more accessible across all languages by offering the full content catalogue access to the whole library of Disney content, Disney+ originals, latest American shows and Hollywood movies.

Expressing her views on her digital debut with epic drama ‘The Empire’ on Disney+ Hotstar, actor Shabana Azmi has stated that she is glad that women centric stories are being told increasingly through the digital medium, which is a long overdue move since women have been achieving so much across all fields.

Pratik Gandhi, whose first project on the web ‘Scam 1992’ garnered much love will be seen in ‘Six Suspects’ with co-actor Richa Chadha. She has proclaimed that pandemic time has been good for artists since the global platform has found a captivating audience.

Ajay Devgn, who is making his digital debut with Disney+ Hotstar’s crime-drama series ‘Rudra: The Edge of Darkness’ has explained that the tremendous reach of OTT space and some great content has propelled him to join the digital medium. He has further revealed that what excited him the most about ‘Rudra’ was its scale, edgy content, and depiction of grey world.

Here’s the full list of new titles set to stream on Disney Plus Hotstar in 2021:

New series to stream on Disney+ Hotstar

1. Aarya Season 2

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Cast: Sushmita Sen

Aarya is a family crime drama series created by Ram Madhvani and Sandeep Modi based on ‘Penoza’ by Pieter Bart Korthuis. In season 1 Sen plays a robust gangster who takes on the drugs mafia and avenges her husband’s (Chandrachur Singh) murder. Season 2 will perhaps expose suspected villain Shekawat while featuring Sen’s fight with the real offenders, the evil Russian drug traffickers.

Releasing on: Not announced yet

2. City of Dreams Season 2

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Cast: Priya Bapat, Atul Kulkarni, Eijaz Khan, Sachin Pilgaonkar

The political drama by Nagesh Kukunoor features a daughter’s fight against patriarchy as she locks horns with her father, to gain control over the chair of Maharashtra’s chief minister.

Releasing on: July 30

3. Criminal Justice Season 3

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Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Anupriya Goenka

A legal drama series adapted from the British TV series of the same by Peter Moffat on BBC.

Releasing on: Not announced yet

4. Dance+

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Dance reality series featuring Remo D’Souza.

Releasing on: Not announced yet

5. Escaype Live

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Cast: Siddharth, Javed Jaffrey, Ritvik Sahore

The tech-thriller helmed by talented Siddharth Kumar Tewary is an edge of the seat story that reflects the lives of the youth today who are completely under influence of digital validation. The show follows various story tracks set in different parts of the country.

Releasing on: Not announced yet

6. Family Matters

Cast: Murali Sharma, Nandu, Akshara Gowda and Sonia Agarwal

A mystery thriller.

Releasing on: Not announced yet.

7. Fear 1.0

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Cast: Tisca Chopra, Saurabh Shukla and Rajesh Tailang

The supernatural thriller produced by Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s One Life Studios follows the lives of five regular Indians who take to a popular live-streaming app to achieve overnight fame and fortune.

Releasing on: Not announced yet.

8. Gharshana

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Cast: Naveen Chandra, Sarath Kumar and Jagapathi Babu

The new Telugu crime drama series set in Vishakhapatnam is about a family that faces the consequences of its deeds.

Releasing on: Not announced yet.

9. Human

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Cast: Shefali Shah and Kirti Kulhari

The medical drama aims to touch all strata of society revealing the underbelly of human drug trials and the lives affected by it. This 10-episode series is the directorial debut of Vipul Shah who along with his co-director Mozez Singh, with both helming five episodes each.

Releasing on: Not announced yet

10. My Perfect Husband

Cast: Sathyaraj Seetha, Aajeedh Khalique and Sukanya

This Tamil language light family drama is about a ‘perfectly, imperfect husband’ and his family. It is directed by Thamira.

Releasing on: Not announced yet.

11. Rudra: The Edge of Darkness

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Cast: Ajay Devgn and Esha Deol

An Indian adaptation of the Idris Elba-starrer, popular British series ‘Luther’ where Devgn dons the role of a cop with grey shades and reunites with his co-star Esha Deol after long (‘Yuva’, ‘LOC: Kargil’) in a dark gritty drama.

Releasing on: Not announced yet

12. Six Suspects

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Cast: Pratik Gandhi, Richa Chadha, Ashutosh Rana, Raghubir Yadav and Sharib Hashmi.

The murder mystery to be directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and produced by Ajay Devgn and Priti Sinha is an official adaptation of author Vikas Swarup’s 2016 book of the same name.

Releasing on: Not announced yet.

13. Special Ops 1.5

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Cast: Kay Kay Menon

The espionage thriller set in the Special Ops universe directed by Neeraj Pandey will go back in time to 2001 and explore the formative years of Himmat Singh as a RAW agent.

Releasing on: Not announced yet.

14. The Empire

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Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Dino Morea, Shabana Azmi and Drashti Dhami.

The Empire is an Indian period drama series helmed by Nikhil Advani based on Alex Rutherford’s ‘Empire of the Moghul’ novel, which follows the story of a warrior, adventurer, survivor, and a king played by Kapoor. Touted as India’s first-ever digital magnum opus, the multi-starrer epic saga traces the origin of the Mughal dynasty.

Releasing on: Not announced yet

15. The Legend of Hanuman Season 2

The animation series produced by Graphic India with the voiceover by Sharad Kelkar is the modern retelling of the mythical tale of Hanuman.

Releasing on: Not announced yet

16. Those Pricey Thakur Girls

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Cast: Akshay Oberoi, Saher Bamba, Raj Babbar, Poonam Dhillon, and Padmini Kolhapure

The hindi language web series is a romantic comedy based on Anuja Chauhan’s popular book of the same name. Produced by Smruti Shinde’s SOBO Films, the series follows the journey of Laxmi Narayan Thakur and his family including, his wife Mamta and their 5 beloved daughters.

Releasing on: Not announced yet

New Films on Disney+ Hotstar

1. Bhuj: The Pride of India

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Cast: Pranitha, Ajay Devgn, Nora Fatehi, Sanjay Dutt

The Hindi-language war drama film directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya is based on the bravery and patriotism of IAF Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, set in the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War.

Releasing on: August 13

2. Bhoot Police

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Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam and Javed Jaffrey.

The Hindi-language spooky adventure comedy film, directed by Pavan Kirpalani and produced by Ramesh Taurani and Akshai Puri, exhorts the viewers to unravel the mysterious door of supernatural powers with laughter.

Releasing on: September 17

Check out the Disney Plus Hotstar 2021 streaming line-up in this video:


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