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Netflix is firming up its Indian content strategy, unveiling on Monday its first original series in the country, Sacred Games.
The drama will be co-produced with Phantom Films, whose founders include director Anurag Kashyap, director Vikramaditya Motwane and producer Madhu Mantena. Kashyap’s latest title, Raman Raghav 2.0, premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight this year.
The partnership marks the first co-production for an original series between Netflix and an Indian banner.
Phantom’s other projects include Motwane’s upcoming film version of Chakra The Invincible, Spider-Man creator Stan Lee’s first Indian superhero property that has also aired on Cartoon Network India.
Sacred Games is based on a best-selling novel by Vikram Chandra and will be a bilingual series in Hindi and English. According to a plot description, the Mumbai-set drama “delves into the city’s intricate web of organized crime, corruption, politics and espionage that lie beneath India’s economic renaissance.”
“Sacred Games reinforces our commitment to bring the authenticity of local stories to Netflix members across 190 countries worldwide,” said Netflix vp international original series Erik Barmack. “I’m confident that all the color and vitality and music of the fictional world I’ve lived with for so long will come fully alive on the large-scale canvas provided by Netflix,” added Chandra.
Netflix’s partnership with Phantom builds upon its earlier relationship with Kashyap, whose 2012 two-part epic Gangs of Wasseypur was streamed as an eight-part series on the video giant’s U.S service last year.
Netflix has been streaming a mix of Bollywood, regional-language and independent Indian films. One of its most high-profile acquisitions was this year’s Sundance hit sex comedy Brahman Naman. The film is set for a global rollout on Netflix on July 7.
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