Netflix Picks up Indian Drama 'Garbage' (Exclusive)

Courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival

The film bowed at Berlin and is directed by Q, whose previous film 'Brahman Naman' was snapped up by the video giant following its 2016 Sundance premiere.

Netflix has picked up the worldwide streaming rights to Indian drama Garbage.

Directed by Q (Quashiq Mukherjee), Garbage was the only Indian feature selection at the Berlin festival this year and bowed in the Panorama section. Since then, the film has traveled to other festivals including Seattle, while it had its Asian premiere at the Bucheon festival in Korea. French sales agent Wide had picked up worldwide rights to the film earlier this year.

Q's previous film, 2016's sex comedy Brahman Naman, was the first Asian original to be acquired by Netflix following its Sundance premiere.

Garbage revolves around Phanishwar (Tanmay Dhanania), a fanatic online troll and a taxi driver in Goa who meets Rami (Trimala Adhikari) who is escaping the humiliation of revenge porn. As their lives intertwine, Phanishwar starts developing a dangerous fondness for Rami and what follows is a dark thriller where Rami takes Phanishwar hostage and finds deadly secrets about him and the mysterious woman that he has enslaved at home, Nanaam (Satarupa Das).

“Having Garbage up on Netflix means my audience around the world will be able to watch the film," Q said in a statement. He added: "It will be very exciting to see the impact of this release in a climate of hate and repression.”

As one of India's edgiest directors, Q is known for his provocative filmography, which includes 2010's Gandu, which was banned for its explicit content, 2012's psychedelic Tasher Desh (Land of Cards) and 2014's horror drama Ludo.

In its Berlin review, THR described Garbage as "an angry kick in the face". The film is co-produced by Q's banner Oddjoint and Karma Entertainment & Media, backed by producer Shailesh R Singh and director-producer Hansal Mehta (credits include Aligarh). Garbage is expected to stream on Netflix later this year.