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Netflix amps up India slate with 10 new original films

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Continuing its investment in Indian content, global streaming giant Netflix on Monday announced a slate of 10 new original films, across a range of genres and subjects.

With these additions, a total of 15 new original Indian films — including previously announced titles “Music Teacher”, “Cobalt Blue”, “Chopsticks”, “Upstarts” and “Bulbul” — will be available to Netflix users around the world by the end of 2020.

“When Netflix launched in India, we changed the way Indian audiences enjoy their films,” Srishti Behl Arya, Director – International Original Film, India, Netflix, said in a statement.

“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,” Arya added.

As part of the new slate, viewers can expect “Ghost Stories”, which will reunite directors Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap after “Lust Stories” to tell spine-chilling tales. This will be produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Ashi Dua.

Dibaker has also directed and produced “Freedom”, the story of an Indian family interwoven with the personal, ideological and sexual history of India and how desire plays a common role in each.

Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment is producing “Class of 83”. Directed by Atul Sabharwal, it explores the story of an upright policeman-turned-trainer whose students grapple with the complexities of honour, morals and devotion to the nation.

There will be thrills and chills with “Mrs. Serial Killer”, directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by his filmmaker wife Farah Khan.

“The Internet is an exciting place for telling stories that are multi genre and multi layered,” said Farah.

“Guilty”, produced by Dharmatic and directed by Ruchi Narain, explores the versions of truth that emerge when a small town girl accuses the college heartthrob of rape.

Karan Johar, who has produced “Guilty”, said: “Today a filmmaker with an interesting idea has so many avenues to connect with the audience… As a content creator, there has never been a better time to tell stories.”

Veteran writer-filmmaker Sooni Taraporevala has helmed “Yeh Ballet”, produced by Roy Kapur Films. It’s a story about two boys from very low income families who discover ballet and through it a way to escape their challenging circumstances.

“Making films that speak a global language while celebrating their local beating heart is every filmmaker’s intent, and I’m beyond thrilled to bring this unbelievable story to life on Netflix,” Taraporevala said.

Then there is “House Arrest”, directed by Shashanka Ghosh and Samit Basu. It is the story of a man – trapped in his own fears – who locks himself at home, only to find that while he can restrict his interaction with the world, he can’t keep the world from entering his domain.

“Kaali Khuhi”, directed by Terrie Samundra and produced by Manomay Motion Pictures, will touch upon female infanticide and mysterious deaths in a Punjab village.

“Maska” will tell the story of a confused millennial who sets out to fulfil his fantasy of becoming a movie star, until a summer romance with a clear-headed girl helps him discover the fine line between dreams and delusions.

Manu Joseph’s book “Serious Men” will be adapted and directed for the screen by Sudhir Mishra. It is about a wily slum dweller, who cons the country into believing his dim-witted 10-year-old son is a genius, to realise that the only victim of his dangerous game is his son.

Mishra 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 here, and now we can tell quality stories the way they were meant to be told.”

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Alia Bhatt announces production house

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Actress Alia Bhatt has launched her production house Eternal Sunshine Productions. She has posted her company’s logo on Instagram along with the official announcement.

“And I am so happy to announce… PRODUCTION! Eternal Sunshine Productions. Let us tell you tales. Happy tales. Warm and fuzzy tales.  Real tales.  Timeless tales,” she wrote on Sunday night.

Alia Bhatt’s sister Shaheen too posted about the production house on her Instagram page. 

The news about Alia’s production house has been doing rounds since 2019 but nothing official was said about it so far.

Alia will soon be seen in filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Gangubai Kathiawadi” and also has “Brahmastra”, “RRR” and “Darlings” lined up over the next months.

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Ranbir Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra starrer ‘Animal’ on Dussehra 2022

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The Ranbir Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra starrer Animal will hit screens on Dussehra 2022. Members of the cast — Parineeti, Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol — took to Twitter on Monday to confirm the release date.

“ANIMAL in cinemas Dussehra 2022!,” posted Parineeti, while Bobby, who is also part of the film tweeted: “ANIMAL starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Parineeti Chopra, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga to have a Dusshera 2022 release. Animal is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Pranay Reddy Vanga, Murad Khetani & Krishan Kumar.”

The film marks Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s return as director after the 2017 Telugu blockbuster “Arjun Reddy” and its equally popular Bollywood remake “Kabir Singh”.

“Animal” is a gangster drama that revolves around the ever-changing nature of the relationship shared by the characters where the protagonist becomes like an animal in nature.

Parineeti plays Ranbir’s wife in the film while Anil plays his father. According to reports, the film is expected to go on floors in June.

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Amitabh Bachchan thanks fans for concern over his health

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Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan has thanked fans who expressed concern following his blog announcement that he was undergoing a surgery.

The 78-year-old actor did not give out any details about the nature of the procedure or his medical condition, but unconfirmed sources have said he has undergone a cataract surgery.

Overwhelmed by fan concern, the actor posted three folded hand emojis on Twitter.

Big B’s current hospital trip follows last year’s hospitalisation after contracting Covid-19, along with son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya, and grand-daughter Aaradhya. 

Amitabh has five releases lined up. He will be seen in Rumi Jafry’s psychological suspense drama Chehre, which also stars actor Emraan Hashmi and Rhea Chakraborty.

He is also shooting for Mayday, which has been directed by Ajay Devgn and also stars him and Rakul Preet Singh. He also has Jhund and Brahmastra as well as an untitled film where he shares the screen with Prabhas and Deepika Padukone.

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