While Rudra: The Edge of Darkness has only recently launched on Disney Plus Hotstar, fans are eagerly anticipating what season 2 will bring.
Disney Plus and Hotstar continue to demonstrate why they are the market leaders in India’s streaming sector. Today, the streaming behemoth unveiled its latest original series, Rudra: The Edge of Darkness, starring Ajay Devgn.
While Rudra: The Edge of Darkness has not yet been formally renewed for a second season, fans may expect that the new series will follow Luther’s lead, albeit with a somewhat different approach.
Rudra Is Set To Return For Second Season
As previously stated, BBC Studios India, Applause Entertainment, Star India, or Disney Plus Hotstar have not yet officially renewed Rudra: The Edge of Darkness for a second season.
However, the international society is optimistic that Ajay Devgn will reprise his role as DCP Rudraveer Singh in another fascinating adventure.
Rudra: The Edge of Darkness is an Indian adaptation of the BBC One famous police drama Luther, starring the legendary Idris Elba in possibly his most recognizable portrayal as the titular character.
The original Luther series, based on the Neil Cross novels, aired on BBC One from 2010 until 2019, with 20 episodes. It implies that Rudra: The Edge of Darkness may draw on a wealth of source material from the original Luther series when writing the storyline for future installments.
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When there is sufficient content for a second season, renewals are entirely dependent on critical reception and viewer desire — this is particularly true for Rudra: The Edge of Darkness, a re-adaptation of an existing brand.
The good news is that all of the early reviews have been excellent, with viewer reactions online also appearing to confirm Ajay Devgn’s new series’ domestic popularity (see below).
Suppose Rudra: The Edge of Darkness gets extended for a second season as planned. In that case, viewers may anticipate the program returning in late-2022 or early-2023, depending on the roughly ten-month production cycle for season 1.
However, Devgn has stated that while Rudra: The Edge of Darkness aspires to duplicate Luther’s success, it would require an entirely different strategy to succeed in the Indian market.
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Success Needs Less Violence
If you’ve seen the original Luther series, you’re already familiar with the show’s brutal violence and explicit sexual scenes, which complement a variety of dark and complex topics.
Devgn has stated that these are two features of the original Luther series that must be toned down if Rudra: The Edge of Darkness is to return to India for more seasons.
Devgn claimed on the press tour and as reported by FirstPost that the “show presents a different type of action.” It provides the viewer with added drama, tension, and thrill“.
On the other hand, Devgn is convinced that his character “does not feel the need to use violence as a weapon” in the same way Elba’s character did.
As discussed earlier, Rudra: The Edge of Darkness has gotten overwhelmingly good reviews from both fans and reviewers.
The series has an excellent 8.4/10 rating on IMDB at the time of writing, but with just 181 reviews, this number is likely to alter over the season’s debut weekend.
The Times of India rated Rudra: The Edge of Darkness 3.5/5, appreciating the performances but criticizing the predictability of the episodes.
Rudra The Edge of Darkness Review: Welcome back, Ajay Devgn. We missed you pic.twitter.com/6DAKpJDYTb
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Similarly, The Hindustan Times praises the acting, noting that “the most outstanding supporting performances come from the performers portraying villains.” However, the review criticized how cultural allusions were modified for Indian consumers, stating that “The series just lacks any ethnic flavor.“