July 16, 2020
With China walled off to Western subscription streaming video platforms, India with more than 1 billion inhabitants (and exploding mobile device consumer) is a prime growth market for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+.
Netflix has unveiled a lineup of 17 original stories, including six new films and two episodic series — ranging from thrillers to romantic comedies to lighthearted dramas targeting Indian and global subscribers.
“We know our members have unique tastes, moods and needs,” Monika Shergill, VP of content for Netflix India, said in a statement. “Together with the finest stories from around the world and our rapidly growing selection of licensed titles, we want to give our members something to discover and love on Netflix every day.”
Localized Netflix movies include Ludo, a comedy drama about four people whose lives collide with each other (featuring Abhishek A. Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Aditya Roy Kapur, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Pankaj Tripathi and Pearle Maaney); Torbaaz, a story of transformation (starring Sanjay Dutt); crime thriller Raat Akeli Hai(featuring Radhika Apte, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Aditya Srivastava, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Khalid Tyabji, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Nishant Dahiya and Shweta Tripathi); Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, a drama about two cousins and their quest for freedom (starring Konkona Sensharma and Bhumi Pednekar); romantic comedy Ginny Weds Sunny (featuring Yami Gautam, Vikrant Massey) and award-winning animated romance film Bombay Rose, the first Indian animation film ever selected to open Venice Critics’ Week.
Other Netflix original films include the true story of Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (starring Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Viineet Kumar, Manav Vij and Ayesha Raza Mishra); a dysfunctional family drama Tribhanga – Tedhi Medhi Crazy (featuring Kajol, Tanvi Azmi and Mithila Palkar); horror film, Kaali Khuhi (featuring Shabana Azmi, Satyadeep Mishra, Sanjeeda Sheikh and Riva Arora); Serious Men, a drama based on Manu Joseph’s novel (starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nassar, Shweta Basu Prasad); police drama, Class Of ’83 (featuring Bobby Deol, Bhupendra Jadawat, Hitesh Bhojraj and Annup Sonii) and dark comedy, AK vs AK (starring Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap).
New series include “Mismatched,” a young adult romance (starring Prajakta Koli and Rohit Saraf) based on Sandhya Menon’s book ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ and “A Suitable Boy,” based on the critically acclaimed book by Vikram Seth (starring Ishaan Khatter, Tabu, Tanya Maniktala, Rasika Dugal, Shahana Goswami and Ram Kapoor), which will be available on Netflix globally except in the United States and Canada.
They join the lineup of upcoming series, which includes “Masaba Masaba” (starring Masaba Gupta and Neena Gupta as themselves with Neil Bhoopalam); “Bombay Begums,” a contemporary drama (featuring Pooja Bhatt, Amruta Subhash, Shahana Goswami, Plabita Borthakur and Aadhya Anand) and dramedy, “Bhaag Beanie Bhaag” (earlier titled Messy, starring Swara Bhasker, Ravi Patel, Dolly Singh and Varun Thakur).