Following Apple TV's release in November, Shantaram is set to become the streaming network's first international production. Writer Eric Wanner Singer has adapted Robert's best selling novel into a 10 episode series starring Charlie Hunnam. Hunnam has been all over the place the past couple of years. He had last seen in films like Crimson Peak and King Arthur. With Shantaram, Hunnam is returning to familiar tv territory.
Hunnam will play the character of Lin, a fugitive from Australia who settles down into Bombay. The story follows Lin as he adapts to the slums and slowly becomes a part of the Bombay underworld. It is not just the story that captures India in the 1980s but is also compelling.
The director and the producers of the show have expressed their excitement for the show. The show is currently shooting in Mumbai and Bhopal. The showrunners chose Bhopal as it best represents Mumbai in the 1980s.
Shantaram's success might also pave the way for other larger shows to tap into the Indian cinema market.