Netflix unveils slate of 40 Indian films, series and documentaries

Netflix introduced a slate of 40 Indian films, series and documentaries at its “See What’s Next India 2021” event this week, presided over by Monika Shergill, vice president of content for Netflix India, and Srishti Behl Arya, director, International Original Film.

The film slate sees Netflix teaming with major Mumbai-based production houses such as Reliance Entertainment, T-Series, Emmay Entertainment, Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Karan Johar’s Dharmatic Entertainment.

With Dharmatic, Netflix is producing anthology Ajeeb Daastaans and Vivek Soni’s romantic drama Meenakshi Sundareshwar. Described as an anthology about fractured relationships, Ajeeb Daastaans features segments directed by Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan and Kayoze Irani.

Reliance is working with YNOT Studios on Tamil gangster tale Jagame Thandhiram, starring Dhanush, and is separately producing Shree Narayan Singh’s romantic drama Bulbul Tarang, starring Sonakshi Sinha.

Netflix is also teaming with RSVP on Ram Madhvani’s thriller Dhamaka, starring Kartik Aaryan, while Balaji Telefilms and Sikhya Entertainment are producing Pagglait, about a recently-widowed woman as she sets out on a path of self discovery.

Taapsee Pannu and Vikrant Massey star in Vinil Mathew’s Haseen Dillruba (pictured), produced with T-Series and Colour Yellow Productions. T-Series and Emmay are working on family drama Sardar Ka Grandson, starring Neena Gupta, Arjun Kapoor and John Abraham.

As previously announced, Netflix has also acquired the two Indian films that premiered at Venice last year – Chaitanya Tamhane’s The Disciple and Ivan Ayr’s Milestone.

On the series side, Netflix presented its previously announced Bombay Begums, a drama about five women in contemporary urban India, co-directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and Bornila Chatterjee. Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami and Amruta Subhash head the ensemble cast of the series, which was produced with Endeavor Content, Chernin Entertainment and Endemol Shine India.

Roy Kapur Films and Ramesh Sippy Entertainment are co-producing thriller Aranyak, about a cop investigating the disappearance of a tourist in a Himalayan town, while Anushka Sharma’s Clean Slate Films (Paatal Lok), is producing Mai, about a wife and mother who becomes entangled in a web of white-collar crime and dirty politics.

The slate also includes second seasons of Delhi Crime, this time directed by Rajesh Mapuskar and Tanuj Chopra, Viacom18 Studios’ Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega, Kota Factory, Masaba Masaba and Mismatched, along with a fourth season of Little Things.

Viacom18’s Tipping Point is also producing Ray, comprising four stories inspired by Indian director Satyajit Ray, with cast including Manoj Bajpayee, Gajraj Rao and Kay Kay Menon.

Across other formats, Netflix is producing comedy specials with comedians including Kapil Sharma, and a slate of documentary series, including Indian Predator, with VICE Media and India Today.