Hotstar Specials launched with spectacular line up of content from storytellers


Star India has announced the launch of Hotstar Specials, a bold and ambitious content foray featuring shows such as films and sports from India’s most acclaimed storytellers. The company has established partnerships with reputed storytellers of India like Shekhar Kapur, Neeraj Pandey, Kabir Khan, Nikkhil Advani, Ram Madhvani, Venkat Prabhu, Sudhir Mishra, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nagesh Kukunoor, Mahesh Manjrekar, Vishal Furia, Rohan Sippy, Debbie Rao, Sharad Devarajan and Salman Khan for the first edition of Hotstar Specials.

Hotstar Specials will feature an extensive variety of Indian stories that are mounted on a big scale and unconstrained by format. The purpose of Hotstar Specials is to not only make the platform narrow but also to explode into the consciousness of the country in an unprecedented way.

Commenting on the development, Sanjay Gupta, MD, Star India disclosed that the company has always challenged conventions and been at the forefront of content reinvention in India. He added that the content needs to be reinvented due to the rapid explosion of smartphones in the country.

Gupta said that people are shifting towards mobile screens instead of television. The Hotstar Specials will create the biggest Indian stories delivered to a billion screens and has partnered with talents across India. The Hotstar Specials platform will enable creators to tell their most passionate stories and provide them unmatched reach.

The stories posted on the Specials platform includes a wide range of genres and formats and are available in seven languages. The unprecedented reach of Hotstar across the length and breadth of the country can be leveraged among both Indian and global viewers. If you are unaware, Hotstar has 350 million downloads and over 150mn monthly active users.

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