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Hotstar to air Barun Sobti's 'Tanhaiyaan' in Jan

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MUMBAI: Actor Barun Sobti is all set to make a comeback, but this time in a web series. Star India’s video-on-demand (VOD) service is all geared up to air a fiction web series, titled Tanhaiyan. The 10 episodic show with a duration of 20 minutes each will launch in the mid-week of January 2017.

The show is produced by Gul Khan and Karishma Jain of Unit 7 Network for 4 Lions Films, the web series is directed by Gorky M.

In the show, Sobti plays the role of Haider, while the other lead Surbhi Jyoti will be seen playing the role of Meera Kapoor. Kapoor is in love with Haider, who is seen flirting with girls.

Khan said, "Someone once asked me what's the why of Tanhayian.. Well there isn't a person who hasn't experienced the loss of a loved one.. And every time we lose someone it changes who we are....So here are two people who are dealing with that loss in their own different way.. But sometimes someone walks right into that loneliness and Phir aap tanhayion mein bhi Tanha nahi rehte... Tanhaiyaan is a tribute to that magic..."

Hotstar entered into the original content production with a talk show hosted by RJ Malishka called M Bole Toh. It also aired a 20 episodic news comedy series On Air with AIB with 10 in English and 10 in Hindi. The streaming platform is also rumoured to bring the second season of the show soon.

It had also brought back its popular TV fiction show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon as a Hotstar Original after a gap of three years.

Being a first mover in the space, it today boasts about 75 million downloads from the mobile nation India – far far ahead of the 30 odd OTT platforms which have popped up. Hotstar offers a smorgasbord of programs: right from India’s favorite sport cricket to 650 shows from its 23 channels, 36 English TV shows, 70 Hollywood movies, and oodles of Hindi cinema as well. The 85,000 hours of content it can stream is available in eight Indian languages.

Primarily a free and advertising-dependent service, the Star Network has poured in an estimated $60-70 million to bring it to the place it has so far.

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