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New Delhi: When one IAS officer comes face to face with age-old superstitions and myths, he sets out to find the truth in the face of judgment. Disney+ Hotstar’s upcoming supernatural thriller series, Dahan – Raakan ka Rahasya, starring Tisca Chopra as an IAS officer, is a dark tale of myths and superstition. Directed by Vikranth Pawar and written by Nisarg Mehta, Shiva Bajpai and Nikhil Nair, the series involves paranormal events in the quaint, rustic village of Shilaspura, also known as the ‘Land of the Dead’. Produced by Banijay Asia, Deepak Dhar and Rishi Negi, this nine-episode series will release on 16 September, also features Rajesh Tailang, Mukesh Tiwari, Saurabh Shukla, Ankur Nayyar, Rohan Joshi, Lehar Khan among others.

The show touches society, its beliefs and challenges its characters to face their deepest and darkest fears. It’s set in motion when a mining expedition threatens a village with a fabled temple that, according to legend, can unleash a deadly curse when damaged. But an IAS officer goes on a mission to fight the age-old superstitions that shroud the village in the face of mysterious murders and disappearances. Shot in the uniquely rugged landscapes of Rajasthan, the story conjures catharsis with cursed caves, hidden treasures and generational secrets.

Director Vikranth Pawar said, “With Dahan – Raakan ka Rahasya, we decided to create a show where the audience experiences how mythical and supernatural elements can combine to create fear in people’s minds. Apart from the characters and plot, misanthrope was also used to promote the mystical essence of this supernatural thriller. The show the unique pace will keep the viewer hooked until the mystery surrounding Shilaspura is revealed. I am very happy to be associated with Disney+ Hotstar to bring this story alive and to the masses.”

Actress Tisca Chopra, who plays an IAS officer, said, “What I love most about Dahani – Raakan ka Rahasya is how it captures the raw fear as each character faces their own demons. Avani Raut, my character, fights personal and professional battles as she is trapped by superstition and on the other, in the crossfire of supernaturalism and resin and practicality. The show puts Avani Raut’s character on a quest by juxtaposing her external and internal fears that we all face. It has been a great pleasure to bring Daha and Avani before the audience. I am very proud to bring this layered gray character to a prestigious platform like Disney+ Hotstar.”

Celebrated actor Saurabh Shukla, who plays Pramukh, said, “Dahan – Raakan ka Rahasya in the show meticulously weaves together a story of myths, legends and superstitions. Playing Pramukh brings me into the eyes of the strong beliefs that surround the village and its inhabitants. One factor that makes this character stand out, is that he fears what he worships but is too scared to break the chain. I can’t wait to see how the audience reacts to it when the show launches on Disney+ Hotstar.”

Tune in to Disney+ Hotstar to join IAS officer Avani Rauti as she embarks on a mission to uncover the truth about Shilaspura, streaming exclusively on the platform from September 16.

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