Hostages (web series)

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Hostages
Hostages Hotstar Poster.jpg
Hostages on Hotstar
GenreMystery
Crime
Thriller
Based onHostages
Written by
  • Nisarg Mehta
    • Shiva Bajpai
    • Mayukh Ghosh
Directed by
Presented by
Starring
Theme music composerKarel Antonin
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Rohit Philip
  • Sameer Rajendran
Producer(s)
Production location(s)India
Running time25-33 Minutes
Production company(s)Applause Entertainment
Banijay Asia
DistributorStar India
Release
Original networkHotstar
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original release31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
External links
[watch here Website]

Hostages is an Indian crime thriller web television series directed by Sudhir Mishra. An official adaptation of an Israeli series of the same name, it revolves around the life of a surgeon who is ordered to assassinate the chief minister in exchange for the survival of her family. It is streaming in 7 Indian languages on Hotstar.[1] The series stars Tisca Chopra, Ronit Roy, Parvin Dabas, Aashim Gulati and Mohan Kapoor.

Premise[edit]

Surgeon Dr Mira Anand (Tisca Chopra) is scheduled to perform a routine operation on the chief minister. But the night before the procedure, her family is taken hostage and she is ordered to assassinate her unwitting patient – in order to save her family from a harrowing fate. Prithvi Singh (Ronit Roy) is a cop with the Haryana police team. In addition to the hostage situation, Singh is also struggling with his own inner demons. Dr Mira Anand's battle to save her family or kill the chief minister takes us on a journey where every character is a pawn fighting for survival. Trapped in a no-win situation, she now must choose.

Cast[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Sachin Khurana as DYSP Dutt
  • Manish Uppal as Naveen Khatana
  • Parag Gupta as Bunty
  • Kashish Arora as Girl Hostage
  • Danish Kalra as Dr.Shastri
  • Harish Khatri as Dr.Hingoorani
  • Dalip Gulati as Doctor 1
  • Shahnawaz Pradhan as Shukla
  • Yusuf Hussain as Dr.Ali
  • Dalip Tahil as CM Khushwant Lal Handa
  • Richa Goswami as Avantika (CM’S Secretary)
  • Saajan Malhotra as Rakesh (CM Security Guard 1)
  • Dayaram Yadav as CM Security Guard 2
  • Sumit Yadav as Arms Dealer
  • Bhavesh Babani as Sameer Kapoor
  • Palak Sindhwani as Min (Shovan’S Crush)
  • Meenal Kapoor as Sneha (Head Nurse)
  • Amit Sial as Peter George (Morgue Incharge)
  • Ritu as Mishra Lata (Maid)
  • Manu Malik as Mahesh (Neighbour)

Promotion[edit]

It was announced as part of the Hotstar Specials in March. On May 18 the trailer[2] was released by Hotstar on various social media platforms, revealing the show would be streamed on May 31.[3]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Threat"Nisarg Mehta31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
A night before the operation of the Chief Minister of Haryana, Dr. Mira Anand, his surgeon is held hostage along with her family by three masked men.
2"Sabotage"
  • Sudhir Mishra
Nisarg Mehta31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
It's not a usual day for Mira at the hospital. While the clock is ticking, she desperately searches for a way to buy time. Will she succeed without getting caught? It is also revealed that the kidnappers have a fourth team member.
3"Complications"
  • Sudhir Mishra
Nisarg Mehta31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
At work, Mira has to deal with her old mentor's suspicion. Meanwhile, an angry neighbour shows up at the house, adding a new layer to the ongoing drama.
4"Gatecrasher"
  • Sudhir Mishra
Nisarg Mehta31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
A new challenge presents itself and Prithvi must tie up the loose ends. As Mira and Sanjay debate over kids' safety, an unannounced visitor comes knocking.
5"Falling Apart"
  • Sudhir Mishra
Nisarg Mehta31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
As Mira struggles to help a wounded Sanjay, Prithvi takes a gamble to save the day. Meanwhile, suspicion creeps into the kidnappers' team.
6"Pieces of the Puzzle"
  • Sudhir Mishra
Nisarg Mehta31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
A sudden order to be present at the station, leaves Prithvi concerned. On her way to the hospital, Mira begins to join the dots to Prithvi's identity.
7"Betrayal"
  • Sudhir Mishra
Nisarg Mehta31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
Mira doesn't know whom to trust, especially after she discovers the truth about Sanjay. Meanwhile, Aditya hatches out a plan to escape with Shovan and Shaina, with help from Mira.
8"Escape"
  • Sudhir Mishra
Nisarg Mehta31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
Prince and Aman chase Aditya and the kids into the jungle. Aditya meets with an accident and the kids are separated. Shaina calls the number provided by Mira earlier, and reaches Subramaniam, the CM's Chief of Security. At home, Sanjay does the unthinkable.
9"Endgame"
  • Sudhir Mishra
Nisarg Mehta31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
Piecing together the clues, Mira is now following a new person. Elsewhere, Sanjay and Shovan take a fearful chance to escape while Prithvi and Subramaniam end up in a clash after it is revealed that Subramaniam was the one who recruited Prithvi.
10"A Matter of Choice"
  • Sudhir Mishra
Nisarg Mehta31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
Prithvi has to contend with a mutiny from his crew, while Mira manages to turn the game around. But that's not the end. Soon, she is faced with another choice, the one which was presented to her at the very beginning of the story. What will she do?

Reception[edit]

Shweta Keshri of India Today didn't enjoy Hostages but feels it can't be ignored. Praising the acting of Ronit Roy and Tisca Chopra, she said: "It is intriguing in parts but fails to hold the interest of its viewers".[4] Saraswati Datar of The News Minute said, "While it can capture your attention, it may not hold you captive throughout."[5]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2019 iReel Awards[6] Best Actor, Male (Drama) Ronit Roy Nominated
Gold Awards Best Actor (OTT) Ronit Roy Won
Best Actress (OTT) Tisca Chopra Won
Best Drama Series (OTT) Hostages Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hotstar to stream crime thriller 'Hostages' from 31 May". live Mint. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  2. ^ Hotstar. "Hotstar Trailer".
  3. ^ Hollywood Reporter Team (4 March 2019). "Hotstar to remake The Night Of". The Hollywood Reporter. Mumbai. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  4. ^ Keshri, Shweta (4 June 2019). "Hostages review: Ronit Roy, Tisca Chopra's brilliant acting marred by tangled plot". Indian Today. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  5. ^ Datar, Saraswati (1 June 2019). "'Hostages' review: The show intrigues but can't hold you captive throughout". The News Minute. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  6. ^ "nominations". News18. Retrieved 11 September 2019.

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