The Freelancer: A Thrilling Rescue Operation Unfolds in Disney+ Hotstar's New Series

The Freelancer is an exciting new series on Disney+ Hotstar that takes audiences on a thrilling journey through a high-stakes rescue operation. Learn more about this gripping series and its captivating storyline.

By Aishwarya
The Freelancer

The Freelancer

In an exciting development for Indian audiences, Disney+ Hotstar is set to release a high-scale thriller series called "The Freelancer." This gripping show is based on the bestselling book "A Ticket to Syria" by Shirish Thorat and is brought to life by renowned showrunner Neeraj Pandey, the mastermind behind Disney+ Hotstar's Special Ops franchise. With a powerhouse ensemble cast and a captivating storyline, "The Freelancer" promises to take viewers on an extraordinary journey into the heart of a war-torn Syria.

A True Story of Courage and Resilience

"The Freelancer" centers around a daring rescue operation that aims to free a young girl held captive in Syria. The series draws inspiration from Shirish Thorat's book, which narrates the real-life story of Aliya, a brave survivor in the midst of a war zone. Showrunner Neeraj Pandey expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, "'The Freelancer' is a high-scale thriller series that unfolds an extraordinary rescue operation of a young girl held against her will in a war-torn Syria. It's based on Shirish Thorat's book 'A Ticket to Syria,' which narrates the true story of Aliya."

A Stellar Cast Brings the Story to Life

"The Freelancer" boasts an exceptional ensemble cast, each bringing their unique talents to the screen. Mohit Raina, known for his roles in JioCinema's "Ishq-e-nadaan" and MX Player's "Bhaukaal," takes on the role of the freelancer. Anupam Kher, a seasoned actor with numerous accolades, portrays the analyst Dr. Khan. Kashmira Pardeshi, who achieved success with the Telugu-language film "Vinaro Bhagyamu Vishnu Katha," embodies the character of Aliya. The series also features accomplished actors such as Sushant Singh, John Kokken, Gauri Balaji, and Navneet Malik, who add depth and complexity to the narrative.

A World Unexplored and Unseen

"The Freelancer" transports viewers to a world that is both unexplored and unseen. Shot across multiple international locations, the series recreates the war-torn atmosphere of Syria, immersing audiences in its harrowing realities. The collaboration between director Bhav Dhulia, known for his work on Netflix's "Khakee: The Bihar Chapter," and the entire Friday Storytellers team has resulted in an immersive and authentic portrayal of Aliya's journey. Neeraj Pandey commended the team's dedication, stating, "Bhav Dhulia and the entire Friday Storytellers team have worked immensely hard putting this together, and I hope the audiences love it."

Neeraj Pandey's Impressive Track Record

As the creator of the Special Ops franchise on Disney+ Hotstar, Neeraj Pandey has established himself as a master of the thriller genre. The collaboration between Disney+ Hotstar and Neeraj Pandey has been fruitful, with the audience's overwhelming response to the Special Ops series. Gaurav Banerjee, head of content at Disney+ Hotstar, expressed his excitement for the upcoming series, saying, "Disney+ Hotstar has had incredible collaborations with Neeraj Pandey. Our audiences have loved all the seasons of 'Special Ops,' and now Neeraj is back with yet another thrilling and sensitive story, 'The Freelancer.'"

Release Date and Teaser

Mark your calendars, as "The Freelancer" is set to stream on Disney+ Hotstar starting from September 1st. To give viewers a taste of what's to come, a teaser has been released, providing a glimpse into the thrilling world of the series. 


"The Freelancer" promises to be an enthralling series that combines intense action, compelling storytelling, and powerful performances. With an extraordinary rescue operation at its core, the show delves into the depths of war-torn Syria, shedding light on the bravery and resilience of its characters. The collaboration between Neeraj Pandey, Bhav Dhulia, and the talented cast and crew has resulted in a series that is bound to captivate audiences. Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping experience as "The Freelancer" comes to Disney+ Hotstar on September 1st.

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