Starz’s India-based OTT platform Lionsgate Play announced its second original series, the college rom-com U-Special. The series with its working title U-Special is set in the cheerful, quirky world of a large university campus in India. The students encounter love, highs and lows of the academic life, the building of their dreams and aspirations as well as face one of the most corrupt, widespread and long-running academic scams ever to hit the north of India.
The series boasts of a stellar ensemble cast that includes Sumeet Vyas, Arjun Mathur, Parambrata Chatterjee, Rukshar Dhillon, Taaruk Raina, Gopal Datt and Ahsaas Channa, among others. Akarsh Khurana and Adhaar Khurana are set to direct with the former also serving as showrunner.
Rohit Jain, Managing Director South Asia and Networks-Emerging Markets Asia for Lionsgate India said, “After receiving a great response to the announcement of the adaptation of Casual, we couldn’t wait to reveal the next series in our line-up of exciting and provocative original programming. This series is designed to connect and resonate with young audiences who are our largest demographic. The production starts this month, with the show coming to the comfort of screens soon.”
— Sumeet Vyas (@vyas_sumeet) March 17, 2021
Starz had launched its direct-to-consumer OTT app Lionsgate Play in India last year, with Casual being the first original slate for the Indian and South Asian market.