This is such an exciting year that gave us many sweet surprises in the form of our favorite film actors to be doing their digital OTT Webseries debut soon. Joining this league of exploring digital space with strong content driven roles in webseries is none other than the legendary superstar and iconic actor of our Bollywood film industry whose fans might have a smile etched on their faces that their favorite and living legend icon Amitabh Bachchan joins cast of Apple TV series Shantaram.
It’s a very surprising news that the stellar and exemplary legend actor who is loved by people from all age groups and rules the hearts of the fans and audiences with his brilliant performances in films like Paa (2009), Baghban (2005), 102 Knock Out (2018), Piku (2015), Gulabo Sitabo (2020), Cheeni Kum (2007), and so on is going to make his digital webseries debut and this moment of excitement is now being awaited by all the global fans, audiences, indian fans, media critics, and Bollywood film fraternity that their beloved iconic legend Amitabh Bachchan joins cast of Apple TV series Shantaram.
The series in question here is internationally acclaimed actor Charlie Hunnam’s Shantaram. Reports say that in the last year Charlie had especially come down to India for shooting the digital webseries Shantaram where he will be seen playing a lead role.
This series has been directed by Justin Kurzel. The series is loosely inspired and also based on the best-selling novel “Shantaram” which was written Gregory David Roberts. Whereas the book and series are sharing the same name since it’s a digital series adaptation of a book on the newly launched and globally renowned OTT VOD platform Apple TV.
It is now being reported by several media reports that apparently the iconic legend Amitabh Bachchan is going to be a part of this series.
Where the reports also clearly mentioned the fact that the India shooting schedule and spell of the series was supposed to start in 2020 but got pushed forward to the year 2021 due to the unprecedented ongoing global COVID 19 pandemic which has still not stopped and is in full force even now.
Since the essence and feel of the story is the original classic Bombay, the makers of the series and their team are busy in scouring and hunting very low risk shooting locations and areas within Mumbai to start their production and filming from January 2021 as the plan is to shoot outdoors instead of on the sets.
Also it should be noted that how a few years ago even director Mira Nair was working on the same subject but for a film adaptation with Johnny Depp in the lead where even Amitabh Bachchan was supposed to be a part of it but unfortunately this project never took off and ultimately got shelved.
But now it’s being said that Big B will be the part of the Apple TV series. Wherein he will be seen playing the villainous character of crime lord Khader Khan. Also in the series we would also be seeing the bonafide actor Radhika Apte playing a key important role as well.
Apple TV+’s ‘Shantaram’ will mostly be revolving around a heroin drug addicted Australian bank robber who runs away from the prison by taking his chances and ultimately settles in the slums of India. This is going to be a 10 episode series.