100% Telugu platform aha, after premiering three super-hit originals Mail, 11th Hour and Thank You Brother in 2021, is coming up with a new hard-hitting, intense web series titled In The Name of God (a.k.a ING) that promises to redefine storytelling standards in the Telugu digital space. Featuring Priyadarshi (Jathi Ratnalu, Mail fame), Nandini Rai and Posani Krishna Murali in key roles, the crime-thriller web series set in the hinterlands of the Telugu states, is being produced by (Baasha, Prema, Master-fame) veteran filmmaker Suresh Krissna (also marking his debut as a producer).
Ranga Yali (who has directed the multilingual web show Auto Shankar) has served as the show runner for the seven-episode series, written and directed by Vidyasaagar Muthukumar. ING, cinematographed by Varun DK, has been extensively shot in the vicinity of Rajahmundry, Maredumilli and Hyderabad.
“The moment I watched Rajinikanth’s Baasha in the 90s, I knew Suresh Krissna was a gifted filmmaker. He had directed two wonderful feature films (Master, Daddy) for our banner in the past and I was keen to bring him on board to do a show for aha as well. He talked to me about several young talents approaching him with interesting stories and I suggested he take control of a project as a producer instead. ING is a very unique thriller that’ll change the way we look at Priyadarshi as an actor. Nandini Rai was a surprise package. The series has been shot exquisitely by Varun and it’ll be a shot in the arm for everyone involved with it. I can’t wait to hear about it from the audiences,” aha founder Allu Aravind stated.
“aha has made tremendous progress as a streaming platform in such a short span and it was on a congratulatory call with (aha founder, film producer) Allu Aravind where the seed for ING was sowed. He had asked me to produce a show for aha in the crime-thriller space and this coincided with the time that Vidyasaagar had narrated me a very interesting story. There was no looking back and I thoroughly enjoyed my new role (as a producer) in the digital medium. Priyadarshi was a revelation in terms of his acting range and so was Nandini Rai, who beyond her looks, gave a lot of emotional depth to her performance. This show is a complete package that’ll surprise one and all,” Suresh Krissna, producer of ING, shared.
“The previous lockdown had told us that we all look upto art, stories and entertainment in the hour of crisis and as the saying goes, ‘the show must go on’. I’ve had a memorable journey with aha as a platform, be it Hybath in Mail or Aadhi in ING now. Even during the recent success tour for Jathi Ratnalu in the US, many came up to me and showered their love for Mail, which tells us about the massive reach that aha enjoys. I’ve always looked upto Suresh Krissna as a director and being part of his first production is a dream-come-true moment. I had a blast shooting for the show and I thank Vidyasaagar for discovering a side to me that I never knew about. Nandini Rai wasn’t only a terrific co-star but is an excellent performer who’s due to get a lot of love from audiences,” Priyadarshi added.
aha is home to the best Telugu entertainment in the form of web shows, originals and the latest blockbuster films. Some of the latest superhits to have streamed on the platform include Krack, Gaali Sampath, Naandhi, Zombie Reddy, Sulthan and Chaavu Kaburu Challaga.