For OTT giant Netflix, India is one of its fastest growing markets. Netflix India Original features such as Love Per Square Foot, Lust Stories, Music Teacher, 15th August and Rajma Chawal; and Original web series like Sacred Games, Ghoul, Selection Day and Delhi Crime impressed critics and netizens alike and earned wide acclaim. And now, Netflix is on a roll with the digital streaming platform announcing 10 new Originals from India.
The digital streaming platform has partnered with top filmmakers from India who will bring to the table a wide range of content belonging to diverse genres such as drama, sci-fi, thriller, horror, comedy and romance. It also announced that it will release 15 new Original films from India by the end of 2020.
Talking about it, Srishti Behl Arya, director of international original film, India, Netflix, said, “When Netflix launched in India, we changed the way Indian audiences enjoy their films. Given our diversity, history and culture, India is home to powerful stories waiting to be told to audiences around the world. The depth of talent and vision of our creators is enabling us to create films our members will love. We want to be a home for India’s finest filmmakers where their stories travel to more people than ever before.”
Ghost Stories is a horror anthology film. It will be directed by notable filmmakers like Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap who had earlier come together for Lust Stories. It will be produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Ashi Dua. Class of ’83 will be produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment. The film is directed by Atul Sabharwal and stars Bobby Deol in a lead role. It has recently gone on floors.
Mrs Serial Killer will be directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by his wife, Farah Khan. Jacqueline Fernandez will star in the murder mystery. Guilty will produced by Johar’s Dharmatic and will be directed by Ruchi Narain. It is based on the story of a girl who accuses a popular boy in her college of rape. Yeh Ballet will be directed by Sooni Taraporevala and produced by Roy Kapur Films. It's a story about two boys from very low-income families who discover ballet and use it as a way to escape from challenging circumstances.
House Arrest is about a man who locks himself indoors. It is directed by Shashanka Ghosh and Samit Basu and produced by Indian Stories. Kaali Khuhi, directed by Terrie Samundra and produced by Manomay Motion Pictures, will touch upon the issue of female infanticide and mysterious deaths in a Punjab village. Maska will tell the story of a confused millennial who sets out to fulfill his dream of becoming a movie star. The film is directed by Neeraj Udhwani and produced by Seher Aly Latif and Shivani Saran’s Mutant Films.
Freedom will be directed and produced by Banerjee. It revolves around an Indian family interwoven with the personal, ideological and sexual history of India. bManu Joseph's book Serious Men will be adapted and directed for the screen by Sudhir Mishra. It is about a sly slum dweller and deals with themes such as caste and class.
The list also includes the previously announced movie acquisitions such as Sujoy Ghosh’s horror film, Typewriter; Red Chillies Entertainment’s Bard Of Blood starring Emraan Hashmi and Sobhita Dhulipala; Cobalt Blue based on a Marathi novel; Abhay Deol and Mithila Palkar starrer Chopsticks; Upstarts based on the startup culture in India; Anushka Sharma’s production venture, Bulbul; Priyanka Chopra produced Firebrand revolving around a lawyer and a sexual assault survivor; Huma Qureshi starrer Leila; and Baahubali: Before The Beginning, a prequel to Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali: The Conclusion. Netflix has also acquired Hotel Mumbai starring Anupam Kher and Dev Patel which is based on the terrorist attacks on The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai.
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