Aditya Roy Kapur plays the titular lead in the Disney+ Hotstar Indian adaptation of “The Night Manager.”
Based on the 1993 espionage novel by British writer John le Carré, the series follows the night manager of a hotel who is recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer’s inner circle. It was previously adapted in 2016 by David Farr as a BBC/AMC series, with Tom Hiddleston playing the titular night manager and Anil Kapoor (“Jug Jugg Jeeyo”) as the arms dealer antagonist.
The Ink Factory, which was behind the 2016 adaptation, is also producing the Hindi-language Indian version alongside Banijay Asia. The creator of the Indian version is Sandeep Modi (“Aarya”). When Kapur was approached for the show, he was aware of the earlier production but had not watched it, something he rectified immediately.
Highlights of Kapur’s acting career in Bollywood so far include blockbusters “Aaashiqui 2” and “Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani,” “Fitoor,” “OK Jaanu” and “Ludo.” “The Night Manager” is the second time he has co-starred with Anil Kapoor after 2020’s “Malang.”
“We had a great time on that film and that was one of the reasons for my excitement to get on to this show, because he’s such a wonderful collaborator and so caring,” Kapur said. “For all of us, I think I can speak for Sandeep as well, it was always great to have someone who not only has the experience, but really is invested in caring about how the show’s going and wanting everything to go well.”
Next up for Kapur is “Gumraah,” directed by Vardhan Ketkar, which is due to release in April. The film is a remake of 2019 Tamil-language crime thriller “Thadam.” “I’m playing a double role in that, something I have never done before, which was a fun experience, to say the least,” Kapur said.
Also coming up is “Metro… In dhino,” which reunites the actor with his “Ludo” director Anurag Basu. The anthology film is a spinoff of Basu’s 2007 hit “Life in a Metro.”
“The Night Manager,” which also features Sobhita Dhulipala in a key role, streams on Disney+ Hotstar and Hulu from Feb. 17.