Netflix is flexing their reach by creating original content for their Indian audience. Starting with their first original film, “Love Per Square Foot,” which released on Valentine’s day, the streaming site is moving on to launching seven original shows. The shows will debut exclusively on Netflix and be available to viewers in 190 countries.
“We are thrilled to work with some of the world’s most talented writers and producers to bring these stories to life for India and the world,” Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series’ at Netflix, said in a statement. “These projects have specifically local subjects, but will be great for our global audience, and are supported by world-class talent.”
There is a diverse range of topics covered in the new shows. Most of these new series’ are adaptations of literary works by talented South Asian authors like Vikram Chandra and Bilal Siddiqi.
The first show to launch is “Sacred Games,” a series based on Vikram Chandra’s best selling novel. It is produced by Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films and stars Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Radhika Apte. The show focuses on Mumbai police officer Sartaj Singh, portrayed by Khan. An anonymous tip gives him the chance to bag crime lord Ganesh Gaitonde. However, as this prey and predator game unfolds they realize this is larger than they ever expected.
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“Selection Day” is a cricket focused series based in Mumbai. This show is also based on a book by Aravind Adiga with the same name. It revolves around the life of a 14-year-old boy who tries out for the under 19 cricket league and encounters his elder brother’s rival. It is a complicated tale of cricket and corruption produced by UK’s Seven Stories, a production house run by filmmakers Sharon Maguire (“Bridget Jones’ Baby”) and Anand Tucker (“Leap Year”).
3“Bard of Blood”
Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment is teaming up with Netflix for “Bard of Blood.” This series is based on the book of the same name by Bilal Siddiqi.
It will be an eight-episode series about political espionage. Shot on the Indian subcontinent, it’s going to be a multilingual series which includes Urdu, English, Hindi and more. The storyline follows the life of a former spy, Kabir Anand, who is pulled from his new life as a Shakespeare professor to save his country and his lady love.
“We have always tried to create world-class content and entertainment from India,” Khan said about the new project. “Netflix has shown that Indian stories have a global audience, and we would love to use this platform and its reach to tell more stories.”
“Leila” is based on a book by Prayaag Akbar and will be brought to life by writer and executive producer Urmi Juvekar. “Leila” is about the free-thinking Shalini as she searches for the daughter she lost when she was arrested 16 years ago. Reflecting the emotions of longing, faith, loss, and hope, Shalini’s story is a futuristic story that promises to be unique.
“Again” is a show from “Quantico” writer
, Marisha Mukerjee. Like “Quantico,” this one is also a female-driven show. Set in Delhi, the storyline follows a female detective as she maneuvers cases that delve into the more ambiguous aspects of life.
Excited to bring this to India… https://t.co/E5uQT6q3Am
— Marisha Mukerjee (@madrinafilms) August 3, 2020
“’Again’ not only speaks to my own duality and cultural heritage but also to the universal grey that exists between life and death, where religion intersects justice,” Mukherjee said regarding her new show.
“Ghoul” is a modern take on an Arabic folklore. This horror series is set in a covert detention center following the story of Nida, a novice interrogator who turned in her own father as an anti-government activist. Things get dark as she realizes there are more than terrorists in this detention center. Some of these criminals may not be of this world. The adventure begins as Nida fights the supernatural to survive. The show is written and directed by Patrick Graham and stars Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul.
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