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Shantaram: Apple TV+ Reveals First Look at Charlie Hunnam-Led Drama Series in India

Shantaram: Apple TV+ Reveals First Look at Charlie Hunnam-Led Drama Series in India

Shantaram: Apple TV+ Reveals First Look at Charlie Hunnam-Led Drama Series in India

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Apple TV+ has revealed the first look at Shantaram. The highly anticipated drama series stars Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) as he gets lost in the slums of 1980s Bombay, India, in search of freedom and love. Shantaram, based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Gregory David Roberts, consists of 12 episodes. Three of them will debut on October 14 on the streaming platform, while the remaining 9 episodes will air weekly, every Friday, until December 16.

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Hunnam (Pacific Rim) plays Lin Ford, a drug-addicted fugitive who escapes from an Australian maximum-security prison and travels to India in the 1980s. reinvents himself as a doctor, thanks to a false passport, a sign of welcome in the slums of Bombay. Events quickly escalate when the “doctor” becomes entangled with a local mob boss, leading him to Afghanistan, where he runs a gun business to fight against invading Russian troops.

As for the name “Shantaram”, it was given to Lin by the mother of his friend Prabaker. It means Man of the Peace of God. The book also details that he is fluent in the local Marathi language and begins to trade with lepers. For now, Apple has not conducted any interviews to confirm the degree of detail of this adaptation. Shantaram should also feature a romantic angle, as Lin gets involved with Karla (Antonia Desplat), making her choose between “love or freedom” and the complications that come with it.

In 2019, Radhika Apte (Andhadhun) was cast as Kavita Singh, an Indian journalist. According to IMDb, she will star in two episodes. At the time, Richard Roxburgh (Rake) was also cast as Australian Federal Police Detective Sergeant Marty Nightingale, although his name is no longer visible. Instead, we have David Field (Mortal Kombat) playing a Wally Nightingale. Could it be a possible name change?

Apple originally planned to release the series by 2020, but it was delayed due to the monsoon and then the COVID-19 pandemic. Before Apple mass-ordered it, Shantaram was originally billed as a feature film release, Warner Bros. taking care of the distribution. Hollywood stars such as Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton were attached to it, at various stages. The talks ultimately fell through due to scheduling issues and interference from the studio.

Shantaram also stars Shubham Saraf, Elektra Kilbey, Fayssal Bazzi (Peter Rabbit), Luke Pasqualino, Alyy Khan, Sujaya Dasgupta, Vincent Perez, Alexander Siddig (Star Wars: The Bad Batch), Gabrielle Scharnitzky, Elham Ehsas, Rachel Kamath, Matthew Joseph and Shiv Palekar. The series is written and produced by Steve Lightfoot (Punisher), who also serves as showrunner. Meanwhile, Bharat Nalluri (Little America) is directing the majority of episodes, alongside Bronwen Hughes and Justin Kurzel.

Shantaram premieres October 14 on Apple TV+ in India and globally.


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