Milan Luthria returns with tale of ambition, greed, love and passion

Tahir Raj Bhasin, Mouni Roy and Anjumm Shharma in Sultan of Delhi, streaming on Netflix from October 13. Photo: Think Ink Communications

Known for high-voltage thrillers like Kachche Dhaage, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai as well as The Dirty Picture, Milan Luthria returns with an explosive saga of ambition, greed, love and passion in Disney+Hotstar’s Sultan of Delhi.

Produced by Reliance Entertainment, the series will stream from October 13. Based on the book, Sultan of Delhi: Ascension, by Arnab Ray, the series is set to take you on a journey where life is at stake and power is all you need to change the game in your favor!

The series stars Tahir Raj Bhasin, Anjumm Shharma, Vinay Pathak and Nishant Dahiya in pivotal roles, along with Mouni Roy, Anupriya Goenka, Harleen Sethi and Mehreen Pirzada.

Recreating the magic of the 1960s, Sultan Of Delhi follows the story of Arjun Bhatia (Tahir Raj Bhasin), who works with Delhi’s biggest illegal arms dealer, Jagan Seth (Vinay Pathak). In a high stakes battle for power, Arjun is tested time and again by those around him. Fuelled by ambition and his calling to become the Sultan Of Delhi, Arjun must navigate a treacherous landscape to emerge victorious, where there is no stopping him as vengeance is unleashed.

Talking about the series, Director Milan Luthria said, “I never expected such a thunderous response to our teaser. Many people called me asking if it was my next film. My team and I have worked very hard on Sultan Of Delhi, as I didn’t want to leave any stone unturned for my first outing on the web. The attempt has been to achieve a clutter-breaker, a page-turner of sorts. I hope the audience picks that up and enjoys it to the fullest.”

Talking about his character and the show, Tahir Raj Bhasin stated, “The journey of portraying Arjun Bhatia proved to be a very exciting and multifaceted challenge. Arjun serves as the central character of the series, who evolves drastically as the narrative unfolds. Playing the graph of this transformation was both compelling and exhilarating. Arjun’s character helped me push my boundaries as an actor in a very different way. It was a constant balance between a physically-challenging part that needed stunts and weapons training and a nuanced emotional journey that was unique to his individual relationships with other characters in the script. A very special dynamic was the friendship I developed with Anjumm Shharma. Our chemistry in the series echoes the timeless camaraderie of iconic duos like Jai and Veeru, and I am eagerly anticipating the audience response to it.”

Anjumm Shharma adds, “Collaborating with Disney+Hotstar and director Milan Luthria was an incredible experience at various levels. I used to often speak to Milan over the phone and rehearse the scenes with him before actually shooting it. Playing the role of Bangali was heartwarming and complex at the same time. Bangali is a friend that one definitely needs in today’s day and age. While shooting, it was crucial to find a correct graph of friendship between Arjun and Bangali and this helped Tahir and me develop a friendly equation and mutual respect off-screen as well.”

Said Mouni Roy, “Playing the character of Nayantara was a one of a kind experience. While she is bold and fearless on the outside, she is vulnerable and emotional on the inside. She has a side to her that was always looking out for love, care and acceptance. Making my web series debut with a show like Sultan Of Delhi and a director like Milan Luthria was indeed an incredible experience. I enjoyed being a part of the ‘60s era and I hope my fans and audiences enjoy this cool and subtle side of me.”



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