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Introduction 

Hostages, the riveting Indian crime mystery web series for Hotstar Specials, will ensure you're on the edge of your seat. Adapted as an official remake of an Israeli series of the same name, the plot thickens and the tension builds with every passing scene.

Written by Nisarg Mehta, Shiva Bajpai, and Mayukh Ghosh, legendary director Sudhir Mishra deftly brings the thrilling drama to life. The series features a star-studded cast, including leading performances by Tisca Chopra and Ronit Roy, and compelling supporting performances by Parvin Dabas, Aashim Gulati, Mohan Kapoor, and Dalip Tahil.

The plot centers around Dr. Mira Anand (Tisca Chopra), a renowned surgeon who finds herself in a nightmarish situation. The night before she is scheduled to perform a routine operation on the Chief Minister, her family is held hostage. The assailants demand an unthinkable act from her — to assassinate her patient during the procedure to save her family.

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Details 

Web series name

Hostages

Directed by

Sudhir Mishra, Sachin Krishn

Languages

Hindi

Produced by

Sameer Nair, Deepak Dhar, Deepak Segal

No.of Seasons

2

No of Episodes

10 Episodes (Season 1)

12 Episodes (Season 2)

Running Time

42 min each episode

Genre

Mystery Crime-Thriller

Original network

Disney+ Hotstar

Languages

Hindi

Plot 

Season 1


In Season 1 of Hostages, Dr. Mira Anand (Tisca Chopra) is scheduled to perform a routine operation on the Chief Minister. However, the night before the procedure, her family is taken hostage, and she is ordered to assassinate her patient to save them. This forces her to make a decision between her professional duties and her family's safety.

Season 2

Hostages Season 2 starts a week after the events of Season 1. Handa is still in captivity, and the whole crew is planning to move to Nepal to perform a bone marrow operation. When Handa tries to escape, a change of plans leads the team to take refuge in an old mansion where a hostage situation unfolds. As new players and motives behind the original plan are revealed, Prithvi must overcome increasingly complex challenges, including saving his daughter's life.

Release

The first season of the series, consisting of ten episodes, was released on May 31, 2019. It quickly gained a large audience due to its unique storyline, complex characters, and suspenseful cliffhangers, and received positive reviews from critics and viewers alike.

After the success of the first season, the much-anticipated second season premiered on September 9, 2020. The sequel continues to unravel the twisted plot with even more intense situations and jaw-clenching suspense.

Seasons and Episodes

Season 1 

Episode Name About The Episode
Threat Dr. Mira Anand has a scheduled surgical procedure ahead, involving the Chief Minister of Haryana. However, the night prior to the operation, her residence is invaded by four unidentified individuals wearing masks. These intruders take her family captive and issue a demand: she must ensure the demise of the Chief Minister on the surgical table.
Sabotage Mira comes back to her job at the hospital, closely monitored by the abductors. As the scheduled operation time approaches, she frantically seeks a way to delay the procedure without arousing suspicion.
Complications After postponing the surgery, Mira discovers that her former mentor regards her with suspicion. Concurrently, an irate neighbor to whom Sanjay is indebted arrives at their residence, introducing a fresh complication to the kidnapper's strategies.
Gatecrasher Prithvi hurries to conceal any evidence of his actions. While Mira and Sanjay engage in a discussion about whether the children should flee, Shovan and Shaina attempt to establish communication with the external world. The household is disrupted by an unexpected visitor.
Falling Apart While Mira rushes to assist the injured Sanjay, an additional challenge arises, compelling Prithvi to take a daring action. Concurrently, Prince's anger adds to the atmosphere of unease within the household, as both he and Hyma start to harbor suspicions about Prithvi's underlying intentions.
Pieces Of The Puzzle Prithvi's emotions swirl as he's suddenly called to the station by his former partner, a mix of surprise and worry taking hold. Meanwhile, on the way to the hospital for medicine, Mira's mind starts connecting fragments of information, gradually unraveling the mystery surrounding Prithvi's true identity.
Betrayal Mira discovers that there could be someone aware of the plot, but she's uncertain about who she can rely on. Her doubts intensify as she uncovers that Sanjay has been keeping secrets from her. At the same time, Aditya devises a scheme to flee with the children.
Escape Prince and Aman pursue Aditya and the children into the woods. An injury compels Shovan to separate from the rest, as Prithvi joins the pursuit. Sanjay takes bold action to obtain an advantage over the abductors.
End Game Mira embarks on tracking a fresh individual under scrutiny. As Prince's remaining patience dwindles, Sanjay and Shovan nervously attempt to flee the residence. Prithvi and Subramanian find themselves in disagreement regarding the destiny of Shaina.
A Matter Of Choice Mira successfully reverses the situation against Prithvi, who is additionally challenged by a rebellion among his crew, pushing his determination to its boundaries. However, a series of disclosures quickly presents Mira with yet another significant choice to confront.

Season 2 

 

Episode The Name About The Episode
From The Frying Pan To The Fire Following the abduction of Handa, Prithvi and his group embark on a journey to Nepal. Nevertheless, their intentions take an unexpected turn as Handa manages to break free, Saba's condition deteriorates, and Subramanian locates their whereabouts.
No Visual Amidst a flurry of police officers and journalists converging on the deserted mansion, Prithvi urgently searches for a moment to spare. Ayesha Khan is called upon to act as a hostage negotiator and successfully establishes a line of communication.
The Trade-Off Prithvi finds himself compelled to make a challenging choice, insisting on the liberation of an ex-surgeon held at Tihar Jail. However, Ayesha possesses an unexpected strategy in reserve.
Caught Off Guard As Prithvi assists Asghar in getting ready for the bone marrow transplant, Desai encounters an uninvited visitor. In a different location, Shikha suspects that there might be more to a seemingly straightforward case.
Plan B As Prithvi assists Asghar in getting ready for the bone marrow transplant, an unexpected visitor arrives to trouble Desai. Meanwhile, Shikha becomes suspicious about a supposedly straightforward case.
Cat And Mouse Assisting Prithvi causes Sarah to attract undesired notice, while Kanika encounters an unforeseen source of information, and Shikha stumbles upon vital evidence.
Sneak In, Sneak Out Sarah's assistance to Prithvi draws unwelcome notice, while Kanika encounters an unforeseen source of information, and Shikha stumbles upon vital evidence.
Beginning Of The End The scenario takes a turn for the worse as Prithvi receives a distressing phone call concerning his daughter. Concurrently, Handa endeavors to manipulate Peter into assisting him.
Connecting The Dots The scenario takes a turn for the worse as Prithvi receives a shocking phone call concerning his daughter. Concurrently, Handa endeavors to manipulate Peter into assisting him.
Old Friends Reveal Themselves While Prithvi reestablishes contact with his former allies, his intention is to outsmart Ranbir. Conversely, Arjun experiences a fascinating meeting with a political extremist.
Inching Closer While Aman and Saba make efforts to break free, Prithvi teams up with Dutt to eliminate threats within the mansion. As the conspiracy continues to unravel, Rohan discovers a crucial piece of evidence.
Against The Clock Prithvi is in a time-sensitive competition to rescue his daughter. Ayesha detects a sense of wrongness and follows her intuition, while Shikha eventually pieces all the clues together.

Casting 

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Crew

Character Analysis

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Dr. Mira Anand (played by Tisca Chopra)

Dr. Anand is a renowned surgeon who finds herself at the center of a high-stakes kidnapping plot. She is a strong-willed and determined woman who will stop at nothing to protect her family, even if it means sacrificing her own morals.

SP Prithvi Singh (played by Ronit Roy)

SP Singh is the police officer leading the investigation into the kidnapping. He is a skilled detective who is fiercely dedicated to his job and will stop at nothing to solve the case. He has a complicated history with Dr. Anand, which adds an extra layer of tension to their interactions.

Sanjay Singh (played by Parvin Dabas)

Sanjay is a charismatic politician who is also involved in the kidnapping plot. He is a master manipulator who is able to control those around him with ease. However, as the series progresses, it becomes clear that Sanjay has his own hidden agenda, and his motivations may not be what they seem.

Aman (played by Aashim Gulati)

 Aman is one of the kidnappers who is tasked with keeping an eye on Dr. Anand and her family. He is initially presented as a cold and ruthless criminal, but as the series progresses, his true nature is revealed to be more complicated than first thought.

Duncan D'Costa (played by Dalip Tahil)

D'Costa is a wealthy businessman who is also involved in the kidnapping plot. He is a mysterious figure who operates from behind the scenes, pulling the strings and manipulating those around him to achieve his own goals.

 

Behind the Scenes

The principal shoot of the first season was completed in May 2018. The team shot major sequences at Delhi, bracing extreme climatic conditions, as temperatures reached 48-49 degrees Celsius. While filming the climax sequence at a National Zoological Park in New Delhi, Ronit Roy suffered major injuries, which required 17 stitches to heal. Speaking about this experience, Ronit Roy said: It was not just me but the entire unit who ran through that forest. Shooting wrapped up in March 2019.

On 16 October 2019, the series was renewed for a second season. Prior to the announcement, the crew started shooting in Delhi and Mumbai, before moving on to Nepal. However, production was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India; with post-production works being affected. The crew resumed shooting in July 2020 following safety guidelines imposed by the government to avoid the pandemic spread; they wrapped by the end of that month.

Reviews

Audience Review

There are several criticisms, with viewers pointing out poor direction, a lackluster screenplay, and a lack of logic in some plot developments. Several found the second season particularly disappointing or twice as bad, calling it a poor imitation of Money Heist.

However, some praised Ronit Roy's performance and mentioned the show had a few surprising moments. There were also criticisms about the overuse of profanity and suggestions that such language didn't add value to the scenes or characters. Despite several negative reviews, a few reviewers found the series to be decent, citing the climax as surprising.

Tring Review

The web series Hostages is a mixed bag, offering some enthralling moments alongside certain disappointments.

Ronit Roy shines as he demonstrates his acting prowess, and the rest of the cast, especially Amit Sial and Anangsha Biswas, delivers solid performances that add some credibility to the series. The show's premise is quite gripping, and there are moments that successfully hook the audience with surprise elements.However, the series' potential is dampened by a screenplay that often lacks rigor and indulges in clichés.

The plot, while interesting, sometimes resolves into a lackluster and illogical progression. Making the story more coherent and eliminating unnecessary plot developments would have given the show a more substantial narrative punch.

In conclusion, Hostages does have its redeeming qualities, yet it falls short for those seeking a tightly woven, logically consistent, and intelligently scripted series. While there are highs thanks to some thrilling sequences and standout performances, an uneven narrative and poor direction brings it down a notch.

Tring Rating: 3.5/5

Awards

Year

Award

Category

Recipient

Result

2019

iReel Awards

Best Actor (Drama)

Ronit Roy

Nominated

Gold Awards

Best Actor

Won

Best Actress

Tisca Chopra

Won

Best Drama Series

Hostages

Won

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