Ever since Netflix decided to make its foray into the Indian market early last year, the television culture in the country has been undergoing a massive revolution. With more streaming options making it to our tiny laptop screens, there has been an influx of content for the international audience. Cinema has come knocking at our doorsteps and we’re welcoming it with open arms.
Despite all the mirth and merrymaking, it’s impossible to miss the lack of content that is representative of the Indian subcontinent. An opportunity in itself, big production houses have finally recognised the goldmine they’ve been ignoring for so long and are coming on board by adapting works of Indian authors.
Here’s a list of three netflix originals that we’re looking forward to in 2018.
Scared Games by Vikram Chandra
Vikram Chandra’s Scared Games was the first to hop on the bandwagon of Indian Netflix originals. Directed by co-founders of Phanton Films, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, this thriller series will have eight hour-long episodes starring Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte as the characters playing Sartaj Singh, Gaitonde and Anjali Mathur respectively. The screenplay will be written by Smita Singh, Vasant Nath and stand-up comedian and screenwriter Varun Grover.
A crime thriller that journeys into the fictional underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde—organised crime, politics, and violence that invariably goes with it. Sacred Games is a story of a flourishing city in contemporary India and the dark side that’s growing with it.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
A SUITABLE BOY
For everyone who tried to get through Vikram Seth’s award-winning 1000 pager A Suitable Boy but failed miserably every single time; fret not! Because BBC One and Lookout Point are teaming up with the House of Cards screenwriter Andrew Davies to adapt the masterpiece into a Netflix original series of eight hourly episodes. The show will feature BBC’s first entirely non-white cast.
A love story at its heart, A Suitable Boy is set in post-independence India and follows the life of Lata, as everybody around her strives to find her the perfect, or rather the most suitable, boy for marriage.
BARD OF BLOOD
Bilal Siddiqui’s Bard of Blood follows the tale of an expelled spy Kabir Anand who is only beginning to settle in his new life as a Literature Professor when his old life of espionage and false identities comes knocking at his door once again. This thriller series will have a mix of three languages—Hindi, Urdu and English—and is being produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and streaming giant Netflix.
Text Pankhuri Shukla