Mumbai: MX Player and ALT Balaji have dropped the trailer of their crime-drama Cartel. With this show, MX Player announces its subscription VOD service and audiences can watch Cartel first on MX GOLD with plans starting at less than Rs1/per day.
Cartel is the story of the powerful Angres family, which rules Mumbai, and is led by Rani Maai. The destiny of this family is decided by her three sons: Major Bhau (Tanuj Virwani), Abhay (Rithvik Dhanjani) and Madhu (Jitendra Joshi). But who are the Angres?
Strong-headed, shrewd, and just, Rani Maai, played by the versatile Supriya Pathak, is the head of the Angre family, the most influential gang in Mumbai. After the death of her husband, she took over the Angre family’s businesses and rules with an iron fist. No one in Mumbai dares to defy her. Rani Maai’s principles stem from righteousness and love for all her children, even those that she adopted.
Always one to be rowdy, Madhukar aka Madhu is the eldest in the Angre family. Rani Maai adopted him, his younger brother Sharad, and his little sister Shweta after their mother’s unfortunate demise while he was just a 14-year-old. Played by Jitendra Joshi, Madhu is the protector in the family and always leads a life inclined towards the world of crime.
An army-major-turned-gangster, Major Bhau aka Sharad is one of Rani Maai’s adopted children. Played by Tanuj Virwani, this character is laced with layers of trauma, loyalty and contradictions. His only weakness is his family. As pragmatic as he is, he would take a bullet for his family or be the one behind it.
Being the only son of Rani Maai and Shashank Angre, Abhay Angre, played by Rithvik Dhanjani, has always believed that he is next in succession as the leader of this gang. Power-hungry, hot-headed, and impulsive, Abhay, at every point, tries to prove his sense of responsibility to Rani Maai. But after his mother is shot, he transforms into a man blinded by his ambitions and hatred.
Rithvik Dhanjani says: “While the mob doesn’t really exist in India today the way it did in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, there’s something about the golden era of the mob rule that holds a lot of interest for many of us. This show marks my digital debut, and I am so glad it is with a crime drama like Cartel. Abhay and I have nothing in common so everything you see on screen has been learnt from scratch for my on-screen portrayal. I really hope my fans like my new role as Abhay.”
The series is available to stream starting August 20 on ALTBalaji and MX Player’s SVOD service: MX GOLD