19 years. 12 Countries. 6 Agents. 1 Mastermind. Hotstar Specials, along with Friday Storytellers, is set to launch the biggest spy action thriller of 2020 titled Special Ops. This fast-paced 8-episode series is based on the role of Indian intelligence in a series of real terror attacks that India faced over the last 19 years. The trailer of the show has been launched and starting with the 2001 attack on Indian Parliament, it goes back and forth in time covering several other events including 26/11, Kashmir terror attacks amongst others; and the chase for the single mastermind behind these attacks – making it the longest manhunt in Indian Intelligence for India’s deadliest enemy.
The trailer us through a journey of Himmat Singh, a R&AW Agent. He ends up drawing an analogy about the several terrorist attacks that have been occurring in the country. Based on some proof and actual study of various attacks and their modes operandi, he is convinced that a man named Ikhlaq is the real mastermind behind all the terror attacks. Eventually, Himmat deploys a team of remarkably skilled agents - Farooq, Ruhani, Juhi, Bala & Avinash - as his task force. Disguised and living in different parts of the world, the team’s sole objective is to get one step closer to the mastermind.
Watch the trailer here:
It has been written by Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani and Benazir Ali Fida - all of whom have spent years carefully researching the ways of Indian intelligence. Every aspect of the show has been conceptualized and created to deliver a high-quality thrilling experience. Keeping with the scale, it has been shot across numerous international locales including Turkey, Azerbaijan, Jordan and India. Special Ops features an ensemble cast including acclaimed actor Kay Kay Menon along with the powerhouse talents such as Karan Tacker, Saiyami Kher, Divya Dutta, Vinay Pathak, Muzammil Ibrahim, Meher Vij, Vipul Gupta, Sajjad Delafrooz, Parmeet Sethi, Gautami Kapoor, Sana Khaan, Sharad Kelkar, KP Mukherjee and many others.
Neeraj, who has created the show, said, “Special Ops is a story I thought of many years ago – it’s a big idea that required a lot of patience and research to pursue and develop. With newer and exciting formats of storytelling gaining prominence, we were able to build a fabulous team to create this larger than life story that strings together many real events from the past two decades. For the first time in the history of Indian entertainment, the 2001 Indian Parliament Attack has been recreated on celluloid. That’s just one of the many big moments from the show.”
Specials Ops is slated to release on March 17, 2020 in seven languages.