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Disney+ Hotstar’s Indian Drama ‘Taaza Khabar’ Invokes ‘The Invention Of Lying’ And ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

20 February, 2023

RRR‘s historic Oscars push cemented the growing impact Indian content is having on global audiences, but the action thriller isn’t the only title from the country that’s pushing boundaries. With one of the most competitive streaming markets in the world, India and its streamers have revolutionized its scripted series and Taaza Khabar is the latest example.

The Disney+ Hotstar comedy-fantasy-thriller-drama mashup, about a lowly sanitation worker who discovers he can predict the future, has been riding high since its launch on India’s leading streaming platform on January 6. The title means literally “fresh news” — the man’s ability to see things before they happen being central to the story. Reviews in India were mixed, but data from Parrot Analytics shows Taaza Khabar was immediately one of the most popular Indian shows in the U.S., where it’s available on Hulu. The makers say it invokes the supernatural mechanism of Ricky Gervais feature The Invention of Lying and the rags-to-riches sentiment of Slumdog Millionaire.

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