One of India’s biggest production houses, Swastik Productions, makes their OTT debut with the webseries ‘Escaype Live’.
This webseries is a social thriller that follows the lives of 6 ordinary Indians stuck in their everyday rut as they try desperately to change their reality until a massively popular live-streaming app, Escaype Live, announces a competition promising instant fame and a fortune of Rs 3 Crore to its winner.
The series will be streaming on Disney+Hotstar from 20th May 2022.
The storyline of the show explores the emotional journeys of these characters as their lives interlink irrevocably virtually even though they don’t know each other in reality. As the stakes get higher, the competition heats up as each user begins pulling all stops in a desperate bid to win the prize money, no matter what the cost.
Creator and Director of Escaype Live, Siddharth Kumar Tewary, is the man behind some of India’s most critically and commercially acclaimed shows like Mahabharat, Porus, Radha Krishna and Chandragupta Maurya amongst others.
Talking to The Australia Today about his OTT debut with Escaype Live, Siddharth tells us what made him direct this one-of-a-kind series:
“I wanted to tell a story of the world we live in today, where social media is not just a habit but has become a form of emotional expression. Life has moved beyond being liked and disliked or being followed and unfollowed. Whether social media as an entity is good or bad is subjective depending on whose story we are telling and what they actually want out of their lives – are their dreams real? Or are they merely trying to Escaype their reality! At its core Escaype Live gives us an insight into the minds of people living in the world of social media. Are we ready? Or are we already in it?”
Siddharth Kumar Tewary has grown Swastik Productions from being a pure content company to a full-blown media entity in the last fifteen years. His new umbrella brand ‘One Life Studios’, houses not just a distribution house, in-house VFX studios and a grand set with 27 shooting floors but also promises to showcase stories meant for the next generation – one that is fearless and not averse to taking risks. Escaype Live has been created under the ‘One Life Studios’ banner.
Escaype Live comprises an ensemble cast with actors like Siddharth, Jaaved Jaffery, Shweta Tripathi, Swastika Mukherjee, Plabita Borthakur, Waluscha D Sousa, Sumedh Mudgalkar, Geetika Vidya, Jagjeet Sandhu, and many others.
In addition, it has a crew that comprises some of Indian cinema’s biggest stalwarts, like cinematographer Aseem Mishra, Action Director Sham Kaushal and Editor Chandan Arora.
Escaype Live has been written by Jaya Misra and Siddharth Kumar Tewary and promises to be a roller coaster ride of emotions and high adrenalin adventure. It is a series to watch out for as it mirrors the reality of the world we live in while showcasing New India’s obsession with live streaming and pushing their boundaries to get the adulation they desire.