Looking for a new show to binge? May we recommend the new series from Apple TV+ called Shantaram starring Charlie Hunnam. The 12-episode first season of Shantaram kicked off on Apple TV+ Friday, October 14th with their first three episodes. Newer episodes will now air weekly on Fridays through December 16.

Here’s the official synopsis of Shantaram from Apple TV+:

Shantaram follows a fugitive named Lin Ford (Hunnam) looking to get lost in vibrant and chaotic 1980s Bombay. Alone in an unfamiliar city, Lin struggles to avoid the trouble he’s running from in this new place. After falling for an enigmatic and intriguing woman named Karla, Lin must choose between freedom or love and the complications that come with it.

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We spoke with showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal, The Punisher) and cast members Charlie Hunnam, Shubham Saraf, Antonia Desplat, and Elektra Kilbey. They were all quick to mention why this show is the one to watch.

Shantaram, which is based on the international bestselling novel by Gregory David Roberts, had Saraf feeling the same feelings we all will likely feel as a viewer as he said, “It was such an intense experience filming it.”

In addition, Hunnam agreed and spilled his thoughts on the show as he told us why we will enjoy it, even if there will be some differences from the book to the screen.

“I am terrified and delighted to be on the precipice right now of showing the world what our version of it is,” said Hunnam. He was quick to then add confidently that Shantaram will be “the greatest story you’re ever gonna see.”

Showrunner Lightfoot was equally confident on how the audience will react to the new show.

”I just hope they’re really taken with the world we are taking them into. It is not something I have seen on TV anywhere else recently,” said Lightfoot. “So, I just hope that whole world of Bombay really sucks them in. And they love being in there.”


Shantaram is a show with many twists and turns, but what will the show never be? Kilbey delved into that as she instantly told us that it would never be: “Boring!” Kilbey’s reason was quite simple.

“I mean there is such a hybrid of genres. It is all classic Hollywood drama. Mixed with thriller. Mixed with action, mixed with comedy, mixed with romance. And the backdrop of Bombay in the 80’s is just fresh and interesting,” Kilbey said.

And when we spoke to Desplat, she saw the show as something “Delighting and new!” 

For more on Shantaram and other Apple TV+ content, make sure to check back to That Hashtag Show.

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