Netflix reveals a roster of 17 Originals, including animated film ‘Bombay Rose’

Netflix has unveiled an exciting lineup of 17 original stories, including six new films and two new series, today, 16 July. 

Given the pandemic and lockdown that followed, OTT players have upped their games to provide seamless content experience and entertainment to homebound customers. Netflix’s upcoming slate consists of thrillers, romantic comedies, light hearted dramas, and as well as animated content. This diverse collection of gripping as well as entertaining stories will launch on the streaming powerhouse in the coming months. 

Monika Shergill

Commenting on the #ComingOnNetflix stories, Netflix India VP-Content Monika Shergill said, “We are excited to share our lineup of stories across formats and multiple genres. 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.”

The six new distinctive and captivating stories which are being included to Netflix films are – 

> Ludo a unique comedy drama about four people whose lives collide with each other, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Aditya Roy Kapur, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Pankaj Tripathi and Pearle Maaney. 

> Torbaaz, an emotional story of transformation featuring Sanjay Dutt; 

>Crime thriller Raat Akeli Hai with Radhika Apte, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Aditya Srivastava, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nishant Dahiya and Shweta Tripathi

> Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, a stirring drama about two cousins and their quest for freedom, starring Konkona Sensharma and Bhumi Pednekar

> Romantic comedy Ginny Weds Sunny featuring Yami Gautam and Vikrant Massey

> Award-winning animated romance film Bombay Rose by Gitanjali Rao (October), the first Indian animation film ever selected to open Venice Critics’ Week

Bombay Rose

> The inspiring 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

> A horror story set in a village in Punjab Kaali Khuhi featuring Shabana Azmi, Satyadeep Mishra, Sanjeeda Sheikh and Riva Arora 

Kaali Kuhi

> Serious Men, a witty drama based on Manu Joseph’s novel having Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nassar, Shweta Basu Prasad in the cast

> An intense police drama, Class Of ’83 starring Bobby Deol, Bhupendra Jadawat, Hitesh Bhojraj and Annup Sonii

> A uniquely entertaining dark comedy AK vs AK featuring Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap. 

 The list of exciting series include –

> Mismatched, a young adult romance starring Prajakta Koli and Rohit Saraf) based on Sandhya Menon’s book ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’

A Suitable Boy

> A Suitable Boy, based on the critically acclaimed book by Vikram Seth, and directed by Mira Nair 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.

> A delightful series 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 

> A fun dramedy Bhaag Beanie Bhaag (earlier titled Messy), starring Swara Bhasker, Ravi Patel, Dolly Singh and Varun Thakur. 

Gitanjali Rao

Most of these titles are expected to be VFX heavy given their plot or storyline. The animated feature, Bombay Rose, produced by Rohit Khattar and Anand Mahindra, was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. The animated film follows the story of a flower seller falling in love. It is made by frame-by-frame painted animation on the computer and took 18 months with 60 artists. The one hour 33 minute film looks like poetry in motion. It is written, directed, edited and designed by Rao.

Here’s the announcement video from Netflix :