Citadel’s finest agents descended in Mumbai earlier this week for the espionage thriller’s Asia Pacific premiere. The excitement in the air was palpable as Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Richard Madden (who play elite agents Nadia Sinh and Mason Kane) kicked-off their global tour from Mumbai, and were flanked on the carpet by Varun Dhawan, Rekha, Sunny Leone, Aditi Rao Hydari, and several other celebrities. This is in addition to Amazon executives, Gaurav Gandhi, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Prime Video, and Sushant Sreeram, Country Director, Prime Video, India.
What fans can expect
Madden said Citadel is a break from the conventional mold of TV shows being either “80% action and 20% drama” or vice versa. “Citadel is 100% drama and 100% action,” Madden said.
Chopra Jonas said fans should brace for a compelling, larger-than-life visual experience packed with an array of emotions. “Once you start watching the show, you won’t want to go grab a snack for the fear of missing something. We move that fast,” she said on the sidelines of the premiere.
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“I love propulsive shows as I consider myself an intelligent viewer and I don’t like my intelligence to be taken for granted. This show does not do that (take viewers for granted).”
Citadel is a spy series packed with covert operations, counter-intelligence, and double-allegiances. It follows Mason and Nadia who narrowly escaped death after their independent agency was destroyed by operatives of Manticore, a powerful syndicate manipulating the world from the shadows. The lead characters have to deal with the duality of their memories being wiped out and embarking on a globetrotting assignment to stop Manticore’s mission to establish a new world order.
So what traits make an excellent Citadel spy? Be an excellent liar, have a poker face, and be really good at remembering things, said Chopra Jonas.
Chopra Jonas on working with Amazon
Created by Josh Appelbaum and Bryan Oh, the action-adventure show has been produced by Amazon Studios and the Russo Brothers’ AGBO. Talking about the experience of working with Amazon Studios and Prime Video, Chopra Jonas said: “They have been my best partners, they have been incredible to work with, and I hope to continue working with them.” At the SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas last month, Chopra Jonas said that Citadel was the first project in her 22-year-long career where she received equal pay. “The ease with which Amazon Studios said, ‘That’s what you deserve, you are co-leads, that’s just fair,’ and I was like, ‘You’re right, it’s fair,” Chopra Jonas was quoted as saying by The Hollywood Reporter.
Chopra Jonas also had a message for Amazon employees. “I think your company is amazing, especially Amazon Studios. I think Jen (Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios) leads top down with so much of respect and love. You will really enjoy the show and you should be very proud of the fact that you guys made this,” Chopra Jonas told About Amazon India.
Early reaction: Episodes 1 and 2
After watching the first two episodes, several premiere attendees took to Twitter and shared their opinion. Singer Sophie Choudry said she was ‘hooked’ and proud of Chopra Jonas for always ‘pushing the limits.’
Had the privilege of being the first in the world to see #Citadel & what an adrenaline filled ride it was!! So proud of our girl for always pushing the limits @priyankachopra ..She kicks ass, literally! And the lovely #RichardMadden ..Hot stuff!! Am hooked!! @PrimeVideo pic.twitter.com/jkV6e0KtNA— Sophie C (@Sophie_Choudry) April 5, 2023
Journalist Abhimanyu Mathur said he would be surprised if Madden doesn’t get a ‘Bond gig’ after his performance in Citadel.
Thoughts from #Citadel premiere:— Abhimanyu Mathur (@MadCrazyHatter_) April 5, 2023
Have missed seeing @priyankachopra lead a big-scale entertainer. PC in action is ferocious yet hot!
If this doesn't get @_richardmadden a Bond gig, I'd be surprised. He's just so smooth!
Excited!#CitadelOnPrime #PriyankaChopra #RichardMadden pic.twitter.com/nIZjtWMVJW
Attendees also called Citadel a 'spectacle' and an 'adrenaline-filled ride’ while lauding the ‘sizzling chemistry’ between Madden and Chopra Jonas.
Watched 2 episodes of #Citadel at Asia Pacific premiere in Mumbai! And must say, can't wait to watch the full series on @PrimeVideoIN on 28th April. This one is a spectacle.💫 high on thrill & action.. sizzling chemistry ❣️ @priyankachopra @_richardmadden #CitadelOnPrime pic.twitter.com/7S2lgr3iW9— Neeti Roy (@neetiroy) April 5, 2023
Man, I was cheering for @priyankachopra as she kicked some serious a** with those top notch stunts & hard core action sequences!— Priya Adivarekar (@priyaadivarekar) April 4, 2023
Also, you guys are gonna love @_richardmadden. His persona, charm & performance - Perfection 😮💨
To wrap up - @PrimeVideo @RussoBros have a winner!! pic.twitter.com/CxQXzLziBG
At the premiere of @PrimeVideo's spy extravaganza - #Citadel. Watched Eps 1&2.If you aren't one for plausibility and realism,you'll enjoy the glam popcorn fest with action, sparks, drama, spies and villains.Cheered for my desi girl @priyankachopra and 'hot stuff' @_richardmadden. pic.twitter.com/JD01YtdNH2— TANUJ GARG (@tanuj_garg) April 5, 2023
Where you can watch Citadel
The Mumbai premiere marks an important milestone along the way to the series’ official release on Prime Video on April 28. Prime Video is a part of your Prime membership, which costs ₹179 per month or ₹1,499 per year. If you’re not yet a Prime member, you can sign-up for a free trial.
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The countdown to the premiere continues. Keep an eye out for updates on About Amazon India and follow all of the news on the official Citadel Prime Twitter account.