Bringing one of television’s beloved characters closer to fans, Disney+ Hotstar is set to release a prequel of the popular running television series, Anupamaa. Celebrating the spirit and resilience of women, the new series, Hotstar Specials presents Anupama Namaste America, created exclusively for the streaming platform, will offer viewers a closer look at Anupamaa’s life a few years into her marriage.
The 11-episode prelude to the television series will see Rupali Ganguly, who plays the lead character on television, reprise her popular role along with Sudhanshu Pandey, who plays her husband, Vanraj Shah.
The two will be seen recreating their bittersweet chemistry in the prequel. Sudhanshu Pandey, a celebrated name in the Indian television and film industry, shared how Vanraj’s character helped him explore different facets of masculinity.
Sharing his experience, actor Sudhanshu Pandey said, “One of the biggest differences between acting for OTT and television is that, for television, you play a character for a very long time. If you do not enjoy the character, then it becomes very taxing. I feel grateful that I was given a character like Vanraj, who has so many shades and layers
His relationship with every single character reveals a different side to him, which is unique. It allowed me to explore multiple aspects of masculinity in each episode. In Anupama - Namaste America, viewers will see the formative years of Vanraj’s character and am sure that they will enjoy him.”
Anupamaa launched in July 2020 for television, is a running series that has already aired over 500 episodes that are available on both Star Plus and Disney+ Hotstar. However, the episodes of the prequel, released over 11 days, will remain exclusively on the platform and not be aired on television
The original cast of the television has been retained for the prequel and will see Sudhanshu Pandey as Anupama’s husband Vanraj along with Alpana Buch, Arvind Vaidya, Paras Kalnwat, Ashish Mehrotra and Ekta Sariya reprising the roles of Baa, Bapuji, Samar, Toshi and Dolly respectively. Hotstar Specials presents Anupama- Namaste America and will also introduce a brand-new character from Anupamaa’s early years, Moti Baa played by veteran television actor Sarita Joshi. This special character will play a pivotal role in forming Anupamaa’s early life as an aspiring dancer.
Tune into Disney+ Hotstar to discover Anupamaa’s backstory in the upcoming, Hotstar Specials presents Anupama - Namaste America, which will release on April 25~
Sudhanshu Pandey captioned, "Its been very long since I put some fun BTS video from my set .. Here’s presenting a very heart touching dance by My fellow Uttarakhandi Shyam bhai who is a light man and a retired Fauji ❤️❤️ Please don’t miss the excitement of my boys who are from various departments of lighting , spot , setting and production , All of them work hard all day long hours and still always full of energy n little things give them happiness. All this was in celebration of another light man Subhash’s birthday ❤️ HOPE U GUYS ENJOY THIS AS MUCH AS WE ALL DID HAPPY RAM NAVMI JAI SRI RAM JAI MAHAKAAL 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️