Lootere Trailer: Hansal Mehta’s Hotstar Web Series Is Based On Somali Pirates

Lootere, a new Hotstar Specials, just got a first-look trailer as part of Disney+ Day. Disney+ Hotstar has unveiled the trailer for its upcoming Rajat Kapoor-led thriller series, which centers on Somali pirates. Lootere sees father-son duo Hansal Mehta (Aligarh) and Jai Mehta reunited to direct yet another web series – the two previously worked together on SonyLIV’s 1992 Scam: The Harshad Mehta Story. The Hotstar web series does not currently have a release window. Lootere is produced by Shaailesh R. Singh’s Karma Media and Entertainment (Tanu Weds Manu).

The trailer for Lootere is designed as a montage, between shots of a stationed cargo ship and a group of armed Somali pirates approaching it. Kapoor is at the center of the action as he watches the bandits from afar through his trusty binoculars, preparing for the inevitable conflict. There also seems to be a tale of romance and despair in the background, as we see Vivek Gomber pocketing piles of money and crying into the shoulders of a woman (Amruta Khanvilkar). The new Mehta collab seems to be taking notes from the Tom Hanks led Captain Phillipswith the leading sailors being held hostage by the pirates.

The rest of the Lootere trailer turns into chaos when the bandits finally break into the ship and start attacking the crew members. The aforementioned Kapoor also happens to be wearing a naval uniform, making him an instant target. That said, the action isn’t just limited to the sea, as we get to deal with deadly chases, bomb explosions, gunshots and blazes, all of which are linked in some way. There is not much information to go on. The father Hansal serves as the creator on Lootere, while the son Jai directs.

Reports suggest that Lootere is in fact, based on a true story, where a commercial Indian ship was hijacked off the coast of Somalia. What forms the crux of the story is the drama surrounding the crew and how they navigate horrific circumstances when a gun is pointed at their heads.

The series was tentatively titled Pirates (working title), and was written by Jai Mehta, Vishal Kapoor (Forensic), Suparn Varma (The Family Man), and Vaibhav Vishal (Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story). Lootere is also said to star Deepak Tijori, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Gaurav Paswala (Hotel Mumbai).

There is currently no release window for Lootere, which will be available for streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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