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The crime thriller is about an Indian student, struggling to make ends meet in the US, who takes to the dark web to sell high-grade LSD that he gets hold of.

Tollywood actor and popular comedian Rahul Ramakrishna is all set to make his debut in an American TV series. The Arjun Reddy fame actor took to social media on Thursday to officially announce the news. The actor will be part of a crime thriller series titled Silk Road directed by Pradeep Katasani, who had earlier worked on the Shabana Azmi starrer The Black Prince and the US TV show Ray Donovan.

Silk Road is based on a novel by E Mapache published last year under the same title. It traces the life of an international graduate student from India struggling to make ends meet in the US, who takes to the dark web to sell high-grade LSD that he accidentally gets hold of.

Sharing an official poster of the series, Rahul posted on Twitter: “Here is a small sneak peak into a dream project I’ve been chasing for a while now.. my small humble entry into Hollywood (sic).”

Rahul rose to fame with the 2017 Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy and has also previously won accolades for his short film Sainma directed by Tharun Bhascker of Pelli Choopulu fame. His upcoming movie is Mithai, where he shares screen space with Priyadrashi Pullikonda.

Along with Rahul, the cast of the six-episode series includes Rakesh Galebhe, who has worked in several Telugu indie films, Rajiv Khilnani and Mathew Fuentes.

“I really like to weave fictional stories around real life incidents. Around 2012 there was this big story about FBI taking down Silk Road, the most popular ‘deep web’ marketplace at that time, that created a frenzy among all the drug dealers that operated there. I wanted to write a story from one such dealer’s point of view. For my research, I interacted on various online forums to figure out how they operated. Also, I wanted to weave in experiences of Telugu students who come to the USA and their struggles as an immigrant,” director Pradeep Katasani had told in an interview to the entertainment website Pandolin.