Netflix, the global streaming giant, has added 10 new original Indian films across various genres and subjects. The company aims to bring talented Indian storytellers into the mainstream in genres including drama, sci-fi, thriller, horror, comedy, and romance. Netflix says that by the end of the year 2020, it is expecting to fill up the slate with a total of 15 new original Indian films.
With the streaming space heating up with multiple new entrants and incumbents like Amazon Prime Video, Sony Liv, Voot, Hotstar, Zee5 and others, Netflix believes their high-quality original content produced and made for India will be the differentiating factor to compete against others. While others are investing on original content as well, not many are going big with feature films like Netflix.
Here are the 10 new original Indian films coming to Netflix India:
- Ghost Stories
- Class of ‘83
- Mrs Serial Killer
- Yeh Ballet
- House Arrest
- Kaali Khuhi
- Serious Men
Upon the launch of their original films on Netflix India, here’s what the Directors and Producers of these films had to say about the platform:
Farah Khan, Producer for Mrs. Serial Killer said, “The Internet is an exciting place for telling stories that are multi-genre and multi-layered. We are thrilled that our film Mrs. Serial Killer will launch first on Netflix. Being on Netflix allows the film to find its audience on their own time, and stays on for newer audiences to discover it even months later. Both Shirish and I at Three’s Company are looking forward to embarking on this journey together.”
Karan Johar, Producer for Guilty said, “Today a filmmaker with an interesting idea has so many avenues to connect with the audience, and Netflix is definitely one of the most exciting among them. As a content creator, there has never been a better time to tell stories! Guilty is a film that explores a personal, powerful subject where a small-town girl takes on the structures that protect the perpetrators of rape. Ruchi Narain is helming the film as a Director, and we at Dharmatic, could not be more excited than to see her vision come alive across 190 countries on Netflix.”
Siddharth Roy Kapur, Producer for Yeh Ballet said, “Yeh Ballet explores the universal theme of rising above one’s circumstances and finding acceptance and belonging, through the riveting true story of two young boys from Mumbai who discovered themselves through ballet. Roy Kapur Films aims to enable incredible artistes like Sooni Taraporevala to transform their creative vision into reality, and we are delighted to partner with her to bring her dream to life. The expression of emotions through the universal language of dance is an integral part of every culture around the world, and the global reach of Netflix gives us the opportunity to have this powerful story resonate with an audience around the world. We are excited about this collaboration and look forward to telling this incredible story together.”
Sudhir Mishra on Serious Men said, “Book adaptations typically face the conundrum of pleasing the reader or pleasing the viewer, but Netflix has eliminated the need for a compromise. The reader and the viewer converge on Netflix, and now we can tell quality stories the way they were meant to be told. So it seems natural that this thrilling tale of wiles, wits, danger and redemption would find a home and an audience on this platform.”
“When Netflix launched in India, we changed the way Indian audiences enjoy their films,” said Srishti Behl Arya, Director – International Original Film, India, Netflix. “Given our diversity, history and culture, India is home to powerful stories waiting to be told to audiences around the world. The depth of talent and vision of our creators is enabling us to create films our members will love. We want to be a home for India’s finest filmmakers where their stories travel to more people than ever before.”