Specials Ops - The story of a 19-year hunt for the terrorist behind the biggest attacks on India

Updated: Feb 26, 2020, 09:22 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Hotstar Specials presents Specials Ops is slated to release on 17th March 2020 in seven languages

Kay Kay Menon, Divya Dutta, Karan Tacker and Sana Khaan
Kay Kay Menon, Divya Dutta, Karan Tacker and Sana Khaan

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. 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.

Starting with the 2001 attack on Indian Parliament, the show 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 show 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.

Hotstar Specials presents 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. Specials Ops is slated to release on 17th March 2020 in seven languages.

Neeraj Pandey who has created the show added, "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."

Kay Kay Menon said, "Hotstar Specials presents Special Ops offers a very unique perspective to the role of Indian intelligence. Undercover agents are the true unsung heroes of our time. On the face of it they appear just like you and me – leading a normal life and perfectly blending in the crowd – but they are constantly on duty, protecting and serving the nation from any threats. Special Ops tries to bring forth the lives of these agents that try to capture the mastermind behind several unfortunate attacks."

Divya Dutta said, "Specials is about the longest manhunt against India's biggest enemy – terror itself. The dynamics of the series, the treatment, sharp writing and a fast-paced storyline promises to make it an edge-of-seat series that's never been seen on Indian screens. Even with a massive ensemble cast, every character in Special Ops is nuanced, intricate and well thought out. The way the story moves back and forth in time, while capturing real emotions is what adds to the grit of the show."

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