Read the novel Shantaram is based on ahead of Friday's series premiere

Shantaram first look
Shantaram first look (Image credit: Apple)

Is the book always better than the show?

Ahead of Shantaram's world premiere on Friday, October 14, Apple Books is promoting the classic novel the upcoming series is based on. The book, also titled Shantaram, was written by Gregory David Roberts.

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You can check out Shantaram on Apple Books (opens in new tab).

What is Shantaram about?

“Shantaram” follows the story of a fugitive named Lin Ford (Hunnam) who is "looking to get lost in vibrant and chaotic 1980s Bombay."

Alone in an unfamiliar city, Lin struggles to avoid the trouble he’s running from in this new place. After falling for an enigmatic and intriguing woman named Karla, Lin must choose between freedom or love and the complications that come with it.

In addition to Hunnam, the series also stars Shubham Saraf, Elektra Kilbey, Fayssal Bazzi, Luke Pasqualino, Antonia Desplat, Alyy Khan, Sujaya Dasgupta, Vincent Perez, David Field, Alexander Siddig, Gabrielle Scharnitzky, Elham Ehsas, Rachel Kamath, Matthew Joseph and Shiv Palekar.

The series is written and executive produced by Steve Lightfoot, who also serves as showrunner. Bharat Nalluri directs and executive produces. Andrea Barron, Nicole Clemens, Steve Golin, Justin Kurzel and Eric Warren Singer who co-created the series with Lightfoot, also executive produces. The series is produced for Apple by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content’s AC Studios.

If you haven't seen the official trailer for Shantaram, check it out below:

A fugitive pursuing redemption in 1980s Bombay will do whatever it takes to get it, even if it means letting his past seep back into his present. Starring Charlie Hunnam and based on the best-selling novel by Gregory David Roberts, stream Shantaram October 14 only on Apple TV+.

Shantaram will premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday, October 14, 2022. If you want to enjoy the series in the best quality possible, check out our list of the Best TVs for Apple TV in 2022 and our review of the Apple TV 4K.

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