Aarya is one of the most loving web series streamed on Disney + Hotstar as Hotstar Specials. It is a crime-thriller show. For season 1, the storyline was written by Sandeep Shrivastava and Anu Singh Choudhary and directed by Ram Madhvani, Sandeep Modi, and Vinod Rawat. Sushmita Sen made her comeback and digital debut with this web series. Season 1 comprises 9 episodes with a time period of about 50 minutes each. The story revolves around a simple housewife, Arya Sareen happily living with her family, her husband, and three children named Veer, Arundhati & Aditya. They all have no idea about Tej's illegal activities. The story takes a turn when Aarya's husband, Tej Sareen gets murdered mysteriously. The drug mafia heads on to kill the whole family. In order to protect her family and take revenge for Tej's death, she gets associated with the gangs and becomes a mafia queen. After the success of season 1, the makers announced the commencement of Aarya season 2 continues the story after episode no. 9.
The web series is based on the Dutch drama series called Penoza by Pieter Bart Korthuis. Its remake rights were bought by Ram Madhvani back in 2011 and tried to frame a film out of it in 2014 but the idea was dropped because of some budget-related issues. The shooting for season 1 was initiated in December 2019 and completed in March 2020. The show streamed on Disney + Hotstar on June 19, 2020, received huge appreciation from the viewers, and got nominated for International Emmy Awards for best drama series. The series received 8 nominations at the OTT Filmfare awards while Sushmita Sen begged the award for best actress.
Season 1 of the series was shot at different locations including Jaipur, Mumbai, Udaipur, Palgadh with cinematographer Harshit Oberoi and editor Khushboo Raj along with Abhimanyu Chaudhary and background composer Vishal Khurana. The makers planned to release the show on March 29, 2020, but because of some leftover post-production work, it was released on the OTT platform on June 19, 2020. After such a wonderful response from the side of viewers, the makers decided to bring Aarya Season 2 very soon and started its filming in March 2021 but got delayed because of the abnormal situation of COVID-19. The shoot was planned to wrap up in June 2021. Both the makers and the viewers are waiting eagerly for the release of the same.
The shoot began in Jaipur at Chomu Palace Hotel which was designed as a haveli called Zorawar Haveli owned by Aarya's father. Here, the wedding scenes were shot. In Mumbai, while shooting for Aarya's home scenes, the artists converted an empty shell into a lovely home and while shooting for the character Maya, they chose Avatar Bungalow, Mumbai. Moreover for the actors' convenience, 360 degrees shoot was planned so that there was no need for re-shooting the same scene again and again and finally the filming got wrapped up in March.
All the work related to dubbing, editing, visual effects, sound mixing and was completed by the team at their respective homes. The team really did very hard work by connecting through Google Meet and Zoom meetings. The team was comprised of 50 members who worked for about 18 hours per day to put an end to the post-production work. They all used to schedule all the things in an excel sheet. Moreover, the dubbing part was very difficult to finish as the whole cast was scattered.
The release for the first look was held on June 3, 2020, and the trailer was on June 5, 2020, and finally, the episodes were streamed on June 19, 2020, on Disney + Hotstar. After receiving great appreciation, the series was streamed in six different languages i.e., Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Kannada, and Malayalam.
The makers planned the streaming of Aarya Season 2 in early 2021 but got delayed due to pandemic circumstances. Now season 2 would be released in the last of 2021 or in the beginning of 2022.
In the story, there is a happy family, and the head of the family, an ideal husband, and a loving father are indulged in some illegal activities of selling medicines at the international level along with his associates i.e., Aarya's brother and their close friend. They steal heroin from the drug mafia store who is a Russian drug dealer. Tej has a mysterious death and the mafia heads to kill his wife and children. This is when Aarya, played by Sushmita Sen takes charge and emerges as a tigress. She faces every situation bravely to protect his children and eventually becomes a mafia queen in order to seek revenge for her husband's murder. Even after getting into this black world, she doesn't let her motherly image be tarnished. This is the beauty of her character. She associates with Shekhawat and seeks his help to pay her husband's debt of 100crores but very soon she gets to know the reality of a consignment that is worth 300 crores. She completely breaks down as well as gets infuriated when she comes to know that Daulat shot Tej on her own father's orders and decides to handover Zorawar and Sangram to ACP Khan as she hopes that she will be receiving free passage to New Zealand but a Russian drug dealer, Dimitri calls her and asks her to hand over the consignment to him which she does but Shekhawat betrays her.
Aarya season 2 plot:
Aarya's season 2 story would be continued after episode no. 9 of season 1. In the upcoming season, we can witness the lousy side of Sampath. Sampath would be seen as the right hand of Shekhawat and betraying him too. On the other hand, Dimitri and his men would search for Aarya. After Sampath's release from prison, it would be very interesting to know how he would get himself out of the mess he has created. This season will give the answers to too many questions. Will Aarya along with her children be able to reach New Zealand? Will she forgive her brother? How will she deal with Russian mafias? What will Russians do to Sampath?
Zorawar & Daulat are behind the bars, Sampath has possession of a consignment worth 300 crores, Sangram trying to get hold of the business again, and Jawahar is dead. In season 2, we would be missing some characters but there will be the addition of some new characters in the story. Aarya 2 is very much awaited to get the answers to all the questions.
Aarya 2 will be released as Aarya 2 Hotstar Specials on Disney + Hotstar at the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022. It is believed that the season will be full of drama, action, romance, thrill, and suspense that will surely draw the attention of viewers towards it and will compel them to watch it and that too ending up watching season 1 again.