A new wave of entertainment, that’s what we’re calling our films in the middle of a pandemic. It’s not new that films are getting a direct OTT platform release. We have had films release on OTT platforms, but the difference in releasing films on an online streaming platform earlier and now is that earlier these films were designed to release on these platforms. Today, they’ve been made for the silver screen, but circumstances are forcing producers to opt for a direct digital release. While Amazon Prime has already seen the release of Gulabo Sitabo and will release Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi this month and Disney+ Hotstar will release Dil Bechara and Lootcase this month, when it comes to Netflix India, their first direct release will be Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl.
But, nothing stops there. Seeing the continuous increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in India, producers are now opting for a direct digital release. Today, Netflix India took to their Instagram handle to announce the release of 17 Netflix Original films. Among the list are Anurag Basu’s Ludo (Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Pankaj Tripathi), Alankrita Shrivastava’s Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (Konkana Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar), Yami Gautam and Vikrant Massey’s Ginny Weds Sunny, the dysfunctional family drama Tribhanga – Tedhi Medhi Crazy (featuring Kajol, Tanvi Azmi and Mithila Palkar), Sanjay Dutt and Nargis Fakhri’s action-thriller Torbaaz directed by Girish Malik, Raat Akeli Hai that stars Radhika Apte and Nawazuddin Siddiqui and is the directorial debut of Honey Trehan, Gitanjali Rao’s animated film, Bombay Rose and Mira Nair’s much talked about A Suitable Boy starring Tabu, Ishaan Khatter and Tanya Maniktala among others. These are just some of the names.
“Our exciting lineup of content is across multiple genres and many formats. We are bringing heartfelt dramas, rom coms, thrillers and more, from amazing creators and talent, both established and emerging. We announced these Indian original series and films because our audiences love the dazzling diversity and variety of our stories,” said Monika Shergill, VP — Content, Netflix India.
She added, “As a full scale entertainment service, we want to offer an exciting slate to our members, knowing that each person’s Netflix profile is unique to their taste, mood and need. So whether they love global titles, world cinema, Hindi films or regional Indian language titles, they will discover something they enjoy on any given night.”
Here’s the full list:
Ludo (Abhishek Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Rajkummar Rao, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra and Pankaj Tripathi)
Torbaaz (Sanjay Dutt, Nargis Fakhri)
Raat Akeli Hai (Radhika Apte, Nawazuddin Siddiqui)
Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (Konkana Sensharma and Bhumi Pednekar)
Ginny Weds Sunny (Yami Gautam, Vikrant Massey)
Bombay Rose Award-winning animated film by Gitanjali Rao
Previously Announced Films
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Vineet Kumar and Angad Bedi)
Tribhanga: Tedhi Meri Crazy (Kajol, Tanvi Azmi and Mithila Palkar)
Kaali Khuhi (Shabana Azmi, Satyadeep Mishra and Riva Arora)
Serious Men (Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nasser, Shweta Basu Prasad)
Class of ‘83 (Bobby Deol, Bhupendra Jadawat, Hitesh Malukani and Anoop Soni)
AK vs AK (Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap)
Mismatched (Prajakta Koli and Rohit Saraf) based on Sandhya Menon’s book ‘When Dimple met Rishi’
A Suitable Boy, based on the critically acclaimed book by Vikram Seth (Ishaan Khatter, Tabu and Tanya Maniktala)
Masaba Masaba (Masaba Gupta and Neena Gupta as themselves)
Bombay Begums (Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur, Aadhya Anand, Pooja Bhatt and Shahana Goswami)
Bhaag Beanie Bhaag (Swara Bhasker and Ravi Patel)
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