Producer Ronnie Screwvala on Wednesday announced his next venture, a web series titled The Support Group. The edge-of-your-seat show is directed by French/Indian writer-director Prashant Nair, best known for his 2015 feature Umrika. He will also serve as showrunner.
Produced by RSVP, with Sidharth Jain attached as co-producer, The Support Group is the story of three characters from different social backgrounds who form an uneasy alliance to escape the consequences of an accidental murder.
“The series is about normal, ordinary people pushed to the brink, deeply conflicted by the choices that have led them to the very dark places they find themselves in,” read the official synopsis.
Screwvala, known for backing critically acclaimed films like The Lunchbox, Udaan and Dev D, said with the upcoming show, their aim is to offer the audience an experience that will keep them glued to the screen. “With The Support Group, our goal is to create the kind of show that keeps you on the edge of your seat, full of twists and gasp-loud moments where you can’t help but binge right through the night. A show that pushes the envelope and doesn’t hold back from shocking – but never gratuitously and always with integrity.A show filled with iconic moments made to be discussed endlessly during lunch breaks and cocktail hours, the producer said in a statement.
Nair, who is also credited as creator on the hit series Made In Heaven, said The Support Group will focus on modern India and its rich cultural heritage.
“The darkness depicted in The Support Group will be laced with humor and irony, ensuring that there is also a laugh for every shudder. The show will delve deep into the rich cultural heritage and nuances of contemporary life in India as a springboard to, what will hopefully be a unique viewing experience,” said the director.
Jain said he was excited to work with Nair and RSVP. “Always looked up to Ronnie and couldn’t have found a better mentor and partner for this project. Just as we created a universe of stories based on books, at The Story Ink, with House of Talkies, we are producing a compelling series of high-concept projects, both serials and films, starting with The Support Group,” said Jain.
On the film front, RSVP’s landscape of upcoming projects includes Pippa, Mission Majnu, Captain India and Sam Bahadur. The banner features Mismatched Season 2 due out this quarter on Netflix.
RSVP is also collaborating with Delhi Crime Director Richie Metha for a series on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.