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Star Plus to replace India's Raw Star with a Detective Drama

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Media Publishing | December 02, 2014
Produced by Freemantle Media, 'Private Investigator' will air every Sunday at 8 pm.

Star Plus, the leading Hindi general entertainment channel, is set to add another show to its offerings, this time a detective drama.

Mrinal Dutt plays Rafee in Private Investigator on Star Plus

Vrajesh Hirjee plays Cop Tiwari in Private Investigator

The show, titled 'Private Investigator' is about a college going 21 year old private investigator. It will replace the recently concluded singing reality of the channel - Indian's Raw Star. The first edition of the show saw Rituraj Mohanty emerge as the winner.

Private Investigator will air every Sunday at 8 pm, starting December 7. The show is produced by Freemantle media and conceptualised by Sourabh Ratnu. The series will be jointly directed by Ratnu and Anusha Rizvi.

This is after a long time that the channel is attempting a detective show. A few years ago, it had a popular series starring Hussain Kuwarjelwala and Shraddha Nigam called 'Krishna Arjun'.

For the weekday 8 pm programming time-slot, the channel will soon be taking one if its top rated shows, 'Ek Hasina Thi' off-air. The show will be replaced by 'Tu Mera Hero' on December 22.

The Plot

Raffe Roy Chaudhary (Mrinal Dutt), a 21 year old criminology student, fashions himself as a Private Investigator as a result of his solitary upbringing and the unanswered questions about his past. Equipped with nothing but his unique observational skills and superior intellect, he teams up with the comical and simple-minded inspector Tiwari (Vrajesh Hirjee) to solve crimes with no apparent motives or suspects.

"Raffe steps out in the dark and dangerous world of crime as the youngest private investigator solving one new case every week. Unlike the run of the mill detectives on Indian Television who are loud and boisterous, Raffe is calm and reserved. He is emotionally attached to his mother, Anita Roy Chaudhary (Sandhya Mridul) who has kept him away from a dark secret about his past that could change his life forever. During this journey of unearthing mysteries, viewers will see the young Raffe becoming smarter, overcoming fears and understanding the world around him better, the channel said.

For the record, Star Plus is the flagship Hindi general entertainment channel from Star India. Star India has been in the media business for the last two decades. It comprises of more than forty channels in seven languages received by over 600 million viewers every week across India and 100 other countries. The network's channel portfolio includes Channel [V], Life OK, Movies OK, Star Gold, Star World, Star Movies, Star Movies Action, Star World Premiere HD, FX, Fox Crime, Star Utsav and Star Plus. Star India is a wholly owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

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