As someone who has worked in the Hindi film industry for a long time before making a career in Hollywood, Chopra believes that her upcoming series will take entertainment ‘beyond borders and language’.
Chopra Jonas spoke about the “cross pollination of cultures” in a global press conference in late February.
“It was so exciting to me as someone who worked for a very long time in a non-English medium to see the success of subtitled work in English language territories. But the ambition of this show, which was so attractive to me in the beginning, is kind of like the social experiment of it.
“If the flagship show is an English language, you have an Indian show, you have an Italian show, and the characters and the storylines kind of blend into each other,” the Los Angeles-based actor said in the press conference, which was also attended by PTI.
The actress hopes this blend of stories will lead people to tune into shows of different languages.
“Like, are the audiences of the Italian show going to want to watch the Hindi language show where they have no similarity in language? That’s so exciting and interesting to me, the cross pollination of cultures and how entertainment goes beyond borders and language now. It’s just about storytelling… It’s so cool,” she added.
In the show, Chopra Jonas is paired opposite ‘Game of Thrones’ star Richard Madden in the globe-trotting series on which David Weil servers as the showrunner.Produced by the Russo Brothers’ (film-makers Joe and Anthony Russo) AGBO and showrunner David Weil, ‘Citadel’ will premiere in multiple languages, including English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
In the show, Madden and Chopra Jonas play Mason Kane and Nadia Sinh. They are part of the independent global spy agency Citadel, which is tasked to uphold the safety and security of all people. But Citadel was destroyed by operatives of Manticore, a powerful syndicate manipulating the world from the shadows.
With Citadel’s fall, the two elite agents had their memories wiped as they narrowly escaped with their lives. They’ve remained hidden ever since, building new lives under new identities, unaware of their pasts. Until one night, when Mason is tracked down by his former Citadel colleague, Bernard Orlick (Stanley Tucci), who desperately needs his help to prevent Manticore from establishing a new world order.
Mason and Nadia reunite and embark on a mission that takes them around the world in an effort to stop Manticore, all while contending with a relationship built on secrets, lies, and a dangerous-yet-undying love.
Anthony Russo also praised Chopra Jonas and Madden for their performances.
“…They are playing two different versions of themselves with different sets of memories and how that processes in terms of their behaviour and their choices and their thoughts.”
The India series is being directed by “The Family Man” creators Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK.