Aarya is an upcoming Indian crime drama web television series created by Ram Madhvani based on the Dutch drama series Penoza by Pieter Bart Korthuis for Hotstar’s label Hotstar Specials starring Sushmita Sen.The show is produced by Endemol Shine India and Madhavani’s Ram Madhavani Films.The series is co-directed by Ram Madhvani, Sandeep Modi and Vinod Rawat.

Ram Madhvani is a devoted advertising filmmaker. But he’s equally committed to creating fiction that strives to get to the truth of a character.

Madhvani directed his first feature Let’s Talk in 2002. Neerja came 14 years later. In between, he kept trying. Projects would be announced, sometimes with fanfare, like the fantasy Talisman with Amitabh Bachchan, but not materialise. His web series Aarya, which will be out on Disney+ Hotstar on June 19, was initially meant to be a movie, but it was shelved one month before filming was to start. That was seven years ago.

Madhvani persisted with the Hindi adaptation of the Dutch series Penoza for nine years. Over time, the concept changed form, format and cast. Sushmita Sen, Chandrachur Singh, Namit Das, Sikander Kher and Manish Chaudhary are among the actors fronting the story of a woman and her family and the narcotics trade.

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