Shantaram

Shantaram
Released: 14th October, 2022

About Shantaram

Shantaram is a drama thriller television series created by Eric Warren Singer and Steve Lightfoot based on the novel of the same name by Gregory David Roberts. The story drew inspiration from Roberts' own life which is about a bank robber from Australia who flees the country to India. The series consists of ten episodes directed by Justin Kurzel and Bharat Nalluri. Steve Lightfoot joined as showrunner after Eric Warren Singer departed the project as showrunner. It is produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television Studios and was distributed by Apple Inc. for their streaming service Apple TV+.


Plot


A heroin addict incarcerated for a robbery escapes prison and reinvents himself as a doctor in the slums of Bombay; his ties to the crime underworld there lead him to Afghanistan, where he partners with a mob boss locked in a battle with Russian criminals.


Critic Reviews

  • At twelve hour-long episodes (for its first season alone), it’s a lot to get through, and more than a little bloated as a result. But in adapting Gregory David Roberts’ acclaimed 2003 novel to the screen, showrunner Steve Lightfoot (“Hannibal,” “The Punisher”) has crafted a show that captures the spirit of its source material, albeit in a slightly stretched-out package. ... It’s easy to get lost in the sprawl of Bombay and its vibrant international cast of characters, and wonder just what roads his salvation may take him down in future seasons.

    Rating: 80/100
    Rogerebertcom
  • There’s nothing stiff or stuffy about “Shantaram,” but the quality is high enough to qualify as prestige television, a term that gets harder to define by the day. This is a universe to get lost in, much as Lin must lose himself in his adopted home.

    Rating: 75/100
    San Francisco Chronicle
  • The first three episodes, released this Friday, are by no means bad TV. For the most part, the characters are complex, the story is interesting and, if you haven’t read the book, sometimes unexpected. But there are plenty more nuanced, modern takes on adventure stories based in India — the BBC’s A Suitable Boy is a good place to start.

    Rating: 60/100
    I
  • There’s a certain ticking-clock element to Lin’s anticipation of danger that adds chewiness and tension to Bharat Nalluri’s able direction, although given the 12 hourlong episodes, one comes to wish “Shantaram’s” clock might tick a bit more rapidly. And Lin’s confessions to the audience can have an expatriate headiness that becomes repetitious.

    Rating: 50/100
    Variety
  • Shantaram suffers from a problem that is symptomatic of the streaming era: Despite the novel’s 900-plus pages, the series should have been a movie.

    Rating: 50/100
    Slant Magazine

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