Disney+ Hotstar is about to launch the upcoming mystery drama series School of Lies. Produced by BBC Studios India for Disney+ Hotstar, this Hindi original will be released on June 2.
The 8x60’ drama thriller is set in the fictional Dalton Town, where a young 12-year-old boy goes missing from a private boarding school. Things start to spiral out of control, revealing the hidden skeletons in the closet of the institute. Shame, anger and grief are just a few of the consequences, as the mystery slowly unfolds - young boys on the cusp of adulthood, an aging teacher with a terrible secret, a distant counsellor with a moral conflict and a panicking mother in denial. This is also the story of two young explorers as they discover life, magic and, ultimately, a stunning secret.
Nimrat Kaur leads the cast of the series, along with Aamir Bashir, Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Sonali Kulkarni and Jitendra Joshi. The show also stars Varin Roopani, Divyansh Dwivedi, Aryan Singh Ahlawat, Hemant Kher, Parthiv Shetty, Adrija Sinha and Aalekh Kapoor in pivotal roles.
Avinash Arun, Director and Creator of Disney+ Hotstar’s School of Lies, said: “School of Lies is a story that we all have read in the news at least once in our lives - students getting bullied and facing multiple issues in school. These are challenges that every child would have faced at one time or another, and with School of Lies we aim to dig deeper into the complexities of these issues. For me, this story is like a fairy-tale gone wrong as ‘Alice’ realizes that the fall to a ‘rabbit hole’ is just a fall into the black hole.”
Nimrat Kaur, who portrays the school counsellor in the series, commented: “With the shoot of School of Lies, I have learnt a lot about children and how they can surprise you at every step of the way. This unique series is inspired by real events that I have heard of, and brings an uncanny spin to it as it reveals what goes on behind the closed doors of a boarding school. Playing the role of a school guidance counsellor in such a pressured environment was definitely something new that I tried with this show - which gave me an insight into these worlds, that we are not anymore a part of and I am truly grateful for that.”
Sameer Gogate, General Manager, Production, BBC Studios India, stated: “We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with Disney+ Hotstar and delighted to be working with Avinash & Nimrat and a stellar cast to bring this gripping, original story to audiences. School of Lies is an enthralling mystery inspired from a set of true events. The story is about a boarding school that is plagued by the disappearance of a young boy and exposes the systemic failures and the plight to unravel the truth, while showcasing the myriad of emotions and situations children face every day as they brace life. It brings to light the intricate lives of young students as they grow up, their families and the boarding school ecosystem.”