Pill Trailer: Riteish Deshmukh battles powerful pharma companies in debut web series

Created by Rajkumar Gupta, the show also stars Pavan Malhotra in a pivotal role
Riteish Deshmukh's still from Pill and the poster of the series
Riteish Deshmukh's still from Pill and the poster of the series

The trailer for Riteish Dehmukh’s debut web series Pill was released by the makers on Thursday. Created by Rajkumar Gupta and produced by Ronnie Screwvala, the series also stars Pavan Malhotra in a pivotal role and aims to unravel the inner workings of the pharmaceutical industry.

The trailer gives a glimpse into the show, introducing Prakash Chauhan, played by Riteish Deshmukh, who digs through the deep-set rot in the Indian pharmaceutical world. It showcases the process through which a pill reaches an individual, and the people involved in the process—from powerful pharmaceutical industrialists, corrupt doctors, to medical representatives, compromised drug regulators, politicians, journalists, and whistleblowers. Prakash battles the manipulative CEO of Pharma company, played by Pavan Malhotra and goes on a quest for the truth behind the powerful nexus that puts profits before patients.

Speaking about his web series debut, Riteish said in a statement, “It’s exciting to venture into the world of digital streaming. When you are entrusted with a compelling story like Pill, there's a huge responsibility to do justice to it. It's intriguing to learn about the complexities behind something as seemingly simple as a pill that impacts our daily lives and well-being.”

He added, “Working alongside Raj Kumar Gupta and Ronnie Screwvala, who have poured their hearts into this project, is a true honour. Prakash Chauhan is a character of both simplicity and strength, and I am confident that his fight against the corrupt pharmaceutical players will resonate with the audience.”

Producer Ronnie Screwvala said in the press release, “With PILL, we aim to entertain as well as increase awareness amongst people. Riteish brings his unparalleled acting prowess to the series, making his digital debut even more exciting. And as always, it is a pleasure working with Raj who has helmed this one with his thrilling expertise.”

Raj Kumar Gupta said that he is excited to experiment in the long format of OTT. He added in his statement, “Celluloid has always been my medium of expression as I’ve made films across genres to bring different stories to my audiences. And now, I am looking forward to experimenting with the long format on OTT. A story like Pill needed to be told through a longer format and I am glad to be collaborating with JioCinema to tell this story.”

Pill is set to be released on JioCinema on July 12.

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