Varun Dhawan all set for OTT debut with ‘Citadel’ India installment, to begin filming in January 2023

Mumbai: Prime Video today confirmed the lead talent of the Indian installment of the Citadel universe by Russo Brothers. The untitled Garh series based out of India will be helmed by renowned creator duo Raj & DK (Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK) who are the showrunners, directors of the series and will star Varun Dhawan in the lead role. Written by Sita R Menon along with Raj and DK, the local original detective series, which will begin filming in January 2023, will mark Dhawan’s streaming debut.

As previously announced, Richard Madden (Bodyguard) and Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Quantico) will star in the first-to-launch series within the Citadel universe, which comes from Russo Brothers’ AGBO with David Weil (Hunters) and Ready for this. Premieres in 2023.

“The Citadel universe of Russo Brothers AGBO is a truly innovative and ambitious approach to storytelling, and we are very excited to begin production on the Indian chapter. With this project, we are building on our mission of borderless entertainment to produce local original content that audiences around the world can enjoy. Citadel is a truly global franchise, with local productions, across the country, that form an inter-connected storyline – a first-of-its-kind innovation in storytelling,” said Gaurav Gandhi, Vice President, Prime Video India.

The Indian installment of the distinctive and luxurious Citadel universe is one of our most exciting projects, and collaborating with Russo Brothers’ AGBO has been a truly exciting opportunity. We are extremely proud to have Varun make his streaming debut and headline this Prime Video series,” said Aparna Purohit, Head of India Originals, Prime Video.

“We are thrilled to see another production within the Citadel universe begin in India, this time. We, and all of AGBO, consider it an honor to collaborate with filmmakers as inspiring as DK and Raj, who bring a unique vision, style and tone to our collection of global series. And, we can’t wait to see how this remarkable cast brings their and Sita’s imagined characters to life,” said executive producers Anthony and Joe Russo.

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“We are very excited to be a part of this global event series conceptualized by the Russo Brothers, two very inspiring filmmakers and creators; With our longtime partner Prime Video! We are especially looking forward to working with the versatile and dynamic Varun,” said producer duo Raj and DK. “We have worked very hard in collaboration with other international teams to bring a unique interwoven universe to our viewers. With a stellar cast, we hope to push the boundaries of storytelling with Citadel India. Stay tuned for the next announcement!”

Speaking on his streaming debut outside India with Prime Video’s untitled Citadel series, Varun Dhawan said, “Prime Video is like home to me, and I am thrilled to start this journey with them in the streaming space. Citadel is an extraordinarily ambitious and exciting franchise, and it is a historic moment in my career to be a part of this magnificent universe envisioned by Russo Brothers’ AGBO and Jennifer Salke. I have been a huge fan of his work and I am thrilled to be a part of this project, and cannot wait to start shooting for it. The story of the Indian Citadel chapter is fantastic, and when you have producers like Raj and DK, one can be sure that a spectacle is going to be made.