Netflix has unveiled 17 Indian titles for the “coming months” to its platform, including six new movies and two new TV series. Among films, we have the comedy-drama Ludo starring Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Aditya Roy Kapur, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, and Pankaj Tripathi; the Sanjay Dutt-led drama Torbaaz; the crime thriller Raat Akeli Hai with Radhika Apte and Nawazuddin Siddiqui; the drama Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare featuring Konkona Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar; the rom-com Ginny Weds Sunny starring Yami Gautam and Vikrant Massey; and the animated Bombay Rose. The two series are Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy with Tabu and Ishaan Khatter and young adult romance Mismatched with Prajakta Koli and Rohit Saraf.
The remaining nine titles have been revealed earlier, though we’re getting titles, cast members, or first looks as part of a two-minute teaser released alongside. They are the Janhvi Kapoor-led Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, the Kajol-led dysfunctional family drama Tribhanga: Tedhi Medhi Crazy, the Shabana Azmi-led horror Kaali Khuhi; the Siddiqui-starrer drama Serious Men; police drama Class of ‘83; dark comedy AK vs AK with Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap; the comedy-drama Masaba Masaba starring Masaba Gupta and Neena Gupta; and contemporary drama Bombay Begums led by Pooja Bhatt and Amruta Subhash; and Bhaag Beanie Bhaag (earlier Messy) with Swara Bhasker and Ravi Patel.
Behind the scenes, the directors on the new films are Anurag Basu (Ludo), Jal’s Girish Malik (Torbaaz), casting director Honey Trehan (Raat Akeli Hai), Alankrita Shrivastava (Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare), debutant Puneet Khanna (Ginny Weds Sunny), and feature debutante Gitanjali Rao (Bombay Rose). The last of them — Bombay Rose — premièred at Venice Film Festival last year. A Suitable Boy is a BBC original in the UK, which Netflix has picked up for distribution globally, except for the US and Canada. Mismatched is based on Sandhya Menon’s book “When Dimple Met Rishi”.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl has been directed by debutante Sharan Sharma, actress Renuka Shahane (Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!) helms Tribhanga: Tedhi Medhi Crazy, Kaali Khuhi comes from director Terrie Samundra and also stars Satyadeep Mishra, Sanjeeda Sheikh and Riva Arora, Sudhir Mishra directs Serious Men which also stars Nassar and Shweta Basu Prasad, and Atul Sabharwal (Aurangzeb) helms Class of ’83 that stars Bobby Deol, Bhupendra Jadawat, Hitesh Bhojraj, and Annup Sonii. Neil Bhoopalam is also part of Masaba Masaba; as are Shahana Goswami, Plabita Borthakur, and Aadhya Anand on Bombay Begums; and Dolly Singh and Varun Thakur on Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, earlier titled Messy.
“We are excited to share our line-up of stories across formats and multiple genres,” Netflix India’s VP of content Monika Shergill said in a mailed statement. “We know our members have unique tastes, moods and needs — sometimes, they want to lean back and watch a delightful comedy, and at other times, they want a pulse-pounding thriller that brings them to the edge of their seats. We are so proud to bring these diverse stories created by acclaimed and emerging storytellers and producing partners. 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.”
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