Apple TV+ Cancels Shantaram After One Season

By Jessica Lerner 

Shantaram, the drama thriller starring Charlie Hunnam, has been canceled after one season on AppleTV+.

The news arrived a day before the season finale.

The 12-episode television series, based on Gregory David Roberts‘ 2003 novel of the same name, was the first successful adaptation following numerous failed attempts since the book’s release, including a 2004 film version that would have starred Johnny Depp.


The TV series followed Lin Ford (Hunnam), who escapes from a maximum-security Australian prison and reinvents himself as a doctor in the slums of 1980’s Bombay. Alone in an unfamiliar city, he fights to stay away from the trouble he’s escaping in this new location. Lin is then forced to decide between his freedom and the complications that come with love after falling for the mysterious and alluring Karla (Antonia Desplat).

Hunnam also recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the show’s uncertain future.

“I don’t know what conversations are going on about a second season,” he told the outlet. “I don’t even know if there even are any conversations going on at this point about a second season.”

“It’s a weird thing—streaming platforms work in a completely different way than traditional television networks, which is [by a] really very clear arithmetic: If a show is getting big numbers and can justify generating large ad revenue, then it’s pretty much a given that it’ll come back,” he said. “I don’t quite know what the arithmetic within streaming platforms are to justify whether a show comes back.”

The cast also included Fayssal Bazzi, Sujaya Dasgupta, Elham Ehsas, David Field, Matthew Joseph, Rachel Kamath, Alyy Khan, Elektra Kilbey, Shiv Palekar, Luke Pasqualino, Vincent Perez, Shubham Saraf, Gabrielle Scharnitzky and Alexander Siddig.

Rahel Romahn, Mel Odedra, Arka Das, Sushant Davane and Suraj Kolarkar recurred.