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General News Netflix aims to launch five to six original a year
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MUMBAI: Over the top (OTT) platform Netflix plans to increase its local content and aims to release five to six originals a year, Netflix international original series VP Erik Barmack at the ongoing Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.

Currently, Netflix has three Indian series under production. These include Sacred Games, which is directed by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, Cricket and corruption drama Selection Day, which is based on the book by Aravind Adiga, and supernatural detective series Again, which is written by Quantico’s Marisha Mukerjee.

Netflix’s rival Amazon Prime Video is already ahead in the game with 18 local shows under production. Its first original cricket drama Inside Edge premiered recently and became the most watched show on Amazon Prime Video in first week of its launch.

With Sacred Games, filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane will be working on two parallel stories. The series, shot on real locations in Mumbai, will delve into the city’s intricate web of organised crime, corruption, politics and espionage.

A few images from the series, which were unveiled at the festival, show Saif Ali Khan playing the role of cop Sartaj Singh, while Nawazuddin Siddique portrays gangster Ganesh Gaitonde.

At the session in conversation with Anupama Chopra, Barmack said, “Nawaz plays Gaitonde, the crime under Lord of the series. This is an ambitious storytelling. We have two directors following two different decades of what’s happening in the Mumbai crime underworld. We have Nawaz in the ’80s and we have a more present story. All are shot in practical locations in Mumbai. We have these great film actors in a tight storytelling, that does feel like ‘Narcos’, in the richness of the shoot and complexity.”

Erik said this storytelling format is quite amazing and hopes the show makes a mark globally. “Vikramaditya and Anurag will follow two characters. One is on the Gaitonde storyline, the other on Sartaj. Of course they collide (eventually). If you think of the conventional storytelling and where TV was 15 years ago, the idea that you can do these things in different time periods with anti-hero and complex characters is quite amazing. It (the show) is going to be amazing for us globally.”

Asked how easy was it for him to convince Saif to come on board, Erik said, “He is intrinsically motivated to do things which are challenging. If you look at his film career, he has taken unusual choices. When he read the scripts and saw what we were doing, he was very interested. That’s true also for Radhika Apte and other cast members.”

The series, to be produced in partnership with Phantom Films, will be available to the streaming giant’s over 100 million members in more than 190 countries.

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