Streaming giant Netflix, yesterday made public their new slate of Original series with superstars Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma acting as producers on two different projects.
Shahrukh’s Home Production: Red Chillies Entertainment will produce zombie horror Betaal, while Anushka and her brother Karnesh Sharma’s Clean Slate Films will serve as executive producers on Mai.
On this eve, Anushka said,
“This is my second collaboration with Netflix after ‘Bulbul’ and we are again looking to disrupt the kind of content audiences are consuming. We at Clean Slate Films have been dedicated to making clutter-breaking, powerful stories since our first production and we are looking forward to pushing the content envelope. The creative freedom to be able to translate these stories to screens that reach a global audience is exciting for us, which is why Netflix is such an important partner.”
When it comes to Mai, it revolves around 47-year-old wife-and-mother, Sheel, who finds herself accidentally sucked into a rabbit hole of violence and power, following a personal tragedy.
This series is penned by Atul Mongia along with Tamal Sen and Amita Vyas, and Sudip Sharma will be its creative producer.
On the other hand, Shahrukh’s Betaal, which also marks his second collaboration with Netflix, is based on the happenings in a remote village, visited by two-century-old Betaal, a British Indian Army officer, and his battalion of zombie.
It’s plotline goes like this, “Indian police are pitted against the undead army while hapless villagers are trapped in a horrific, edge-of-your-seat conflict.”
Patrick Graham will be its writer, director, and showrunner all, along with Nikhil Mahajan as the director and Suhani Kanwar as writer.
The Original will be executive-produced by Blumhouse, who is popular for some of the best horror content, and Ivanhoe.
Apart from all this, Netflix is also coming up with Masaba Masaba, a scripted series that takes inspiration from real-life moments from fashion designer Masaba Gupta’s life. It navigates through her unique background, the diverse worlds she straddles across fashion and family, and her foray, back into the dating world. The series will cast Masaba alongside her mother, veteran actor Neena Gupta, as themselves. The genre-bending show is created and produced both by Ashvini Yardi’s Vineyard Films and will be directed by Sonam Nair.
Bela Bajaria, VP, International Originals, Netflix, commented that they are excited to present these entertaining India-based stories.
“India is home to some of the world’s greatest stories. It’s been thrilling to watch these amazing storytellers embrace the artistic freedom possible at Netflix to create entertaining stories. Audiences everywhere will love these five inventive series set in stories of horror, drama and comedy. “
Alankrita Shrivastava’s “Bombay Begums” and American actor/director, Ravi Patel‘s “Messy”, are also part of the Netflix’s list of upcoming series.
“Bombay Begums,” tells the story of five women who belong to different generations and their lives in contemporary urban India. Written, created and directed all by Alankrita, the show has Chernin Entertainment and Endemolshine India acting as executive producers.
On the other hand, “Messy” tells the story of Mumbai’s rising stand-up comic, Beanie, who struggles to balance a career in comedy while pleasing a yuppie day-job boss, peculiar best friends forever, persistent parents, and proposal-popping boyfriend. Patel has co-written the series with Neel Shah. It is co-produced by The District’s David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer and Mutant Films’ Seher Aly Latif and Shivani Saran.
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