Breaking: BBC bankrolls a Telugu web-series for Disney+ Hotstar
Jeya Suriya -
The globally popular BBC Studios India is adapting BAFTA and Royal Television Society-nominated show “One of Us” in the most spoken South Indian language Telugu for Disney’s Indian streaming platform Hotstar.
Recollecting about the show, “One of Us” concentrates on the strange assassinations of youth couples, who are seen lifeless in their house soon after their honeymoon. Parents of the couple are then made to battle with their anxiety, as they explore for counterclaims and discover consequences that flap over all of them, making plans of justice, faith and relationship into an enigma.
Sameer Gogate, business head of production, India, BBC Studios, said: “Hotstar is known for its focus on premium dramas and we are delighted to work with them again to deliver another high-end thriller. The great thing about adaptations is their world-wide appeal that transverse everything from cultures, to boundaries, and languages – and yet stay true to the essence of the story. We are very proud to be able to present ‘One of Us’ to the Telugu audience.”
He also added, "At the recent ContentAsia awards, “Out of Love” was nominated in the best TV format adaptation (scripted) category. Rasika Dugal won the award for the best female lead in a TV program for her role in the show. BBC Studios’ Indian format adaptations include “Tonight’s The Night” (“Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi”) and “Dancing With The Stars” (“Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa”).
The four-part show was artistically written by Harry and Jack Williams who also authored the most acclaimed British drama “The Missing.” The show was broadcasted on BBC One in the U.K. and is available internationally on Netflix. It is also to be noted that this is the first time that BBC Studios India is venturing into the Indian regional scripted syndicate. Former regional stories of BBC shows, including “Criminal Justice,” “Doctor Foster” adaptation “Out of Love” and “The Office,” all for Hotstar, have been only in the Hindi language.