"At a point of time in the country where several people are yet to come online, hike Direct will connect users in a never before seen revolutionary way.” said Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder and chief executive of hike messenger.

The feature can work without Wi-Fi or mobile data and allow users to send photos, stickers, files and messages to anyone who is also on the hike network", he added.

"Files as large as 70 MB can be sent in over 10 seconds," Mittal noted.

Although the feature can work without internet, it won't work outside a 100-metre radius. The technology used to create the feature is same as the Wi-Fi direct technology available in most smartphones today.

Recently, the messaging platform released a feature that would allow users free group calling on the app, connecting up to 100 people at the same time.

The Bharti Softbank-backed messaging app has released a flurry of new features which include free stickers in local languages, data transfer option up to 100 MB and making the platform 4G ready, to expand its consumer base in the country which is over 35 million.