Netflix adds 10 new original films to its Indian slate

Netflix has expanded its India slate with 10 new original films from some of Bollywood’s leading players, spanning multiple genres. By the end of 2020, a total of 15 new original Indian films, including previously announced titles such as Music Teacher, Cobalt Blue, Chopsticks, Upstarts and Bulbul, will be available on the service. Netflix director international original film India Srishti Behl Arya said, “Given our diversity, history and culture, India is home to powerful stories waiting to be told to audiences around the world. We want to be a home for India’s finest filmmakers where their stories travel to more people than ever before.” Ghost Stories reunites directors Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap after they delivered the earlier Love Stories. Ghost Stories will be produced by RSVP and co-produced by Ashi Dua. Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and directed by Atul Sabharwal, Class of ‘83 explores the story of an upright policeman-turned-trainer whose students grapple with the complexities of honour, morals and devotion to the nation. Directed and produced by Banerjee, Freedom is the story of an Indian family interwoven with the personal, ideological and sexual history of India and how desire plays a common role in each. Dharma Productions’ recently launched digital arm Dharmatic will produce Guilty, directed by Ruchi Narain, which explores the versions of truth that emerge when a small town girl accuses the college heartthrob of rape. When her husband is framed and imprisoned for serial murders, a doting wife must perform a murder exactly like the serial killer, to prove her husband innocent. The thriller Mrs. Serial Killer is directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by Farah Khan. Writer-director Sooni Taraporevala and produced by Roy Kapur Films, Yeh Ballet revolves around two Mumbai boys from poor families who discover ballet and use that as a way of escaping their challenging circumstances. Directed by Shashanka Ghosh and Samit Basu, written by Basu and produced by India Stories, House Arrest is the story of a man – trapped in his own fears – who locks himself at home, only to find that while he can restrict his interaction with the world, he can’t keep the world from entering his domain. Kaali Khuhi is directed by Terrie Samundra and produced by Manomay Motion Pictures. It will touch upon female infanticide and mysterious deaths in a village in Punjab state. Maska is about a confused millennial who sets out to fulfill his fantasy of becoming a movie star, until a summer romance with a clear-headed girl helps him discover the fine line between dreams and delusions. The film is directed by Neeraj Udhwani and produced by Seher Aly Latif and Shivani Saran’s Mutant Films. Veteran film-maker Sudhir Mishra will direct Serious Men, a film based on Manu Joseph’s book. Produced by Bombay Fables and Cineraas Entertainment, the film is about a wily slum dweller, who cons the country into believing his dim-witted 10-year-old son is a genius, to realise that the only victim of his dangerous game is his son.