Prime Video today dropped the trailer of the upcoming Amazon Original, `Hush Hush`. Filled with mysteries, suspense, and drama, the `Hush Hush` trailer gives a glimpse into the life of four friends – a powerful lobbyist Ishi Sangamitra (Juhi Chawla), an ex-investigative journalist Saiba Tyagi (Soha Ali Khan), a self-made fashion designer Zaira Shaikh (Shahana Goswami) and a trapped-in-society Dolly Dalal (Kritika Kamra), who find themselves hurtling down a rabbit hole of lies, deceit and secrets after their privileged world turns dark and dangerous. Their lives turn upside down when an intelligent cop Geeta (Karishma Tanna) sets out to unravel the mystery that also involves Ishi’s childhood friend Meera (Ayesha Jhulka).
The 7-episode series is helmed by acclaimed director Tanuja Chandra, who also double-hats as the Executive producer. Kopal Naithani serves as director for 2 episodes and one episode has been directed by Ashish Pandey. The gripping story is by Shikhaa Sharma, who also serves as an Executive Producer and screenplay and additional stories by Ashish Mehta. National Award winning writer Juhi Chaturvedi (Gulabo Sitabo, Piku, Sardar Uddham Singh) has penned the dialogues. Produced by Vikram Malhotra-led Abundantia Entertainment, Hush Hush will be available to stream for prime members in India and across 240 countries and territories starting September 22.
Delighted about helming a powerful story of such a diverse cast and crew, executive producer, and director Tanuja Chandra said, “The female genre has been my abiding passion but a female-first cast and crew is something of a dream come true for me. I’m grateful that Abundantia Entertainment and Prime Video have provided us with a platform on which to tell engaging narratives with a distinctly female gaze. I’ve loved working on Hush Hush with a formidable cast and a team deeply committed to creating something unusual but also a show that speaks to the times we live in. And having women as producers and heads of department just made it that much more special.”
Speaking about her streaming debut with Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Hush Hush’, Juhi Chawla said, “I look forward to embarking upon a new journey in the rapidly growing digital space with Prime Video. The platform has revolutionized the art of storytelling with blockbuster originals that have captivated audiences across the country. The plot of Hush Hush grasped my attention, and I knew in an instance that this is a special project that I’d love to work on. I have always been an admirer of the extraordinary work that Abundantia Entertainment produces and it was special to collaborate with Vikram and his wonderful team. I’m delighted to work alongside such phenomenal actors such as Soha, Shahana Kritika, Karishma and Ayesha and I am certain that audiences will resonate with the show and continue to bestow their love upon the show and me as I begin this new chapter.”
Commenting on the upcoming series, Soha Ali Khan said, “Hush Hush deals with a stark set of aspects that women encounter in today’s day and age and am delighted to collaborate with Amazon Prime Video and Abundantia Entertainment to bring alive this stellar project. I had a wonderful time shooting with Juhi, Shahana, Kritika, Karishma, and Ayesha. Having a female-dominant environment brought in a sense of excitement and fun that will translate on screen for viewers to see. I’m certain that the audiences will be engrossed throughout the series and will relate to it.”
Actor Shahana Goswami said, “Hush Hush is a special series with a gripping narrative that will interest audiences across the world. Working with this diverse team of actors such as Juhi, Soha, Kritika, Karishma and Ayesha was so much more fun than I could imagine and something I will always cherish. Each character in the series is a different kind of woman and will be very relatable to all. I am so pleased to have worked with Tanuja, Abundantia Entertainment and Amazon Prime Video on this series and I’m sure that the public will be intrigued by what’s coming their way.”
Actor Kritika Kamra added, “I am delighted to reunite with Prime Video for another extraordinary series with a riveting plot that will engage audiences of all interests. Having an ensemble cast & crew of women to work alongside makes this project even more special. I can’t wait for audiences to witness what we have created and I’m sure that they’ll enjoy the twists & turns as they unfold.”
Actor Karishma Tanna said, “Hush Hush is my second series with Prime Video this year and I’m super excited to be part of this brilliant storyline. Working with Tanuja, Vikram Malhotra and Abundantia Entertainment and especially with my amazing co-actors was a great experience, it was a lot of fun and learning as well. I’m sure audiences will enjoy this exhilarating tale that unfolds shadowed truths of the surroundings we live in.”
Actor Ayesha Jhulka said, “Hush Hush is my debut in the digital space, and it truly is the perfect project to embark upon for this new journey. Prime Video and Abundantia Entertainment have created a benchmark with extraordinary storytelling featuring women in the lead and are delighted to collaborate with them for this illustrious project. Having an ensemble female cast & crew has made this experience top notch and I am certain that audiences will love the series and relate to the varied aspects that each character possesses while dealing with relatable circumstances.”
`Hush Hush` will be available to stream on Prime Video from September 22 in more than 240 countries and territories.
Dolly Singh: Melbourne is a city that has captured my soul twice
Digital creator and actor Dolly Singh recently visited Australia with beau Manu where the couple created memories of a lifetime. She tells us what should be on the to-do list if you are planning a trip down under, on mid-day.com`s `Travel with the Stars.`
Where are you off to?
Australia! This was my second time in Australia and the one thing that I have always loved there is the fresh produce. The quality of the food is just something else! Also, this year after having binged all seasons of Masterchef Australia, it was an even bigger treat to visit again. We visited Melbourne and Sydney. Melbourne, especially, is a city that has captured my soul twice. I love the tram system and that it’s free for everyone in the central part, so it becomes so much easier to navigate through the main parts of the city.
What’s on the itinerary?
Even though we only had half a day to experience Sydney, it was incredible and honestly made us realise how much more we wanted to explore the place. Manu had a wonderful time Kayaking with Sarah Todd while Amy and I took a beautiful walk by the river. When we reached the Sydney Opera House, an orchestra played right outside on the stairs and standing there listening to them was one of those ‘out of a movie’ experiences! The dinner and drinks at the Opera House were delicious too and we could see why people waited for hours to get a table there. The view too was spectacular!
In Melbourne we were welcomed by sunny skies and had two wonderful days there. Of course, the highlight for us was the historical India vs Pak match. We had a really sweet meet and greet where a lot of people showed up.
Later, on our journey to the Great Ocean Road, we went to the Jack Rabbit and had an amazing wine-tasting session with Lyndsay Sharp who runs the place.
The next day our trip to Wildlife Wonders Sanctuary was definitely a great way to end this Australia trip, as we saw some beautiful animals like kangaroos, koalas and wallabies in the wild just chilling. We even got to be a part of a bird rescue because we came across an injured little bird on our walk and named him Fred. Hopefully, he would be doing better now.
Manu and I would definitely first recommend trying out the local coffee. We had so much coffee on the trip with zero regrets because it was delicious. Eating at Three Blue Ducks, The Belle General, the Bang Bang and The Opera House. These were some of our favourite restaurants on our trip. There are so many activities to do in Australia, we missed out on a few like sky diving and helicopter ride because of the bad weather but have only heard great things about these activities. Visiting MCG should definitely be on the list too because being an Indian, cricket literally runs in our blood and there is just so much to see and experience at MCG so a tour is must. And of course, find a way to meet the lovely Australian animals. We especially loved visiting Wildlife Wonders because the animals could be in their natural habitats and enjoy their time while you get to witness that; rather than the other way around (where they are in cages and we are moving around freely)
What’s on the menu?
In terms of food, the places we absolutely loved were Three Blue Ducks, something we definitely wanted to try. Not just the restaurant but the whole idea behind the place doing work towards sustainability, community work and ethically sourcing everything was amazing to witness. Bang Bang was another place in Byron Bay that we loved. Have to give a shout-out to their Chilli Margarita which as Manu said was, “The best drink he has ever had”. The Tropical Fruit world was another very fascinating place. I have never seen so much variety of fruits ever. I felt like a child in a candy shop except that I love fruits even more so it was a treat. Their ice cream is made from fresh fruits and fruits only! The Belle General was our last stop in Byron and well, definitely one of the best. I had never had such a good scrumptious breakfast. Tje Avo mash toast was a delight. Something that makes me think about it often! The people at Belle too were amazing and we got the warmest farewell.
Your fondest travel memories with friends and family…
The best highlights from our trip this time were definitely the food, the cricket match, meeting Harsha Bhogle sir and Sarah Todd in person and having a meet and greet in another country altogether and receiving so much love!
What did you pack for the trip?
Everything! Pack everything! Australia is so full of adventure, and you never know what you’ll encounter next which is what makes it so wonderful. So, I pack everything from a swimsuit to coats!
Your holiday playlist…
Almost all old-time, classical Bollywood songs!
Cast of `Aarya 3` go armed into the big, bad world
After two successful seasons, Sushmita Sen is ready to return to the gritty world of Aarya. mid-day has learnt that showrunner-creator Ram Madhvani is gearing up to take the crime drama’s third season on floors by January 2023. Before facing the camera, the cast has begun prepping with Puja Sarup and Sheena Khalid, owners of experimental theatre outfit Patchworks Ensemble. The trainer duo aim to make the actors intimately familiar with their characters and the script through table reads, workshops and different exercises. A source reveals, “The cast has started its readings, with Sushmita set to join them in a week. While many actors are reprising their roles, some are new entrants to the world of Aarya. Through their character development workshops, Puja and Sheena help each actor understand their part in detail, thus making it easier for them to follow their character graph and motivations.”
The workshops will go on till December-end, following which the unit will take a short New Year’s break, before reconvening in mid-January, in Mumbai, for the shoot. Kher, whose Daulat Singh is one of the pillars of the popular series, confirms the development. “We are doing workshops in Juhu, and it’s interesting as the third season will be quite a ride. It’s wonderful to be back with this incredible team, and it’s always great to reunite with Sush. I can’t reveal much about my character in the third season, but I can add that the action gets more intense.”
Nawazuddin Siddiqui all set to spill the beans on his dream project
Nawazuddin Siddiqui recently left the netizens curious with his recent post on social media Earlier today, the versatile performer took to his social media page to drop an intriguing image with the caption ‘A step towards my dream’ and has left everyone wondering what the big announcement could be.
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With a faint hint of ‘An Actor’s Studio’ penned on the creative that sees Nawaz against an all-white, magnanimous backdrop, fans have been speculating whether the National award-winning actor is hinting at another benchmark in his career. Speculations have been ranging from whether Nawazuddin will be launching an acting class, a production banner or a new film.
While details remain under wraps at the moment, the actor has an exciting slate ahead with films falling under versatile genres including ‘Haddi’, where he essays the role of a transgender, the dark satire ‘Tiki Weds Sheru’, the supernatural thriller ‘Adhbhut’, ‘Noorani Chehra’, a quirky love story, and the romantic comedy ‘Jogira Sa Ra Ra’.