Netflix to expand India slate with B’wood power

American streaming giant Netflix is expanding its India slate of original series, and focus on domestic talent is high on its priority list.
After the much-anticipated launch of Sacred Games season two on August 15, the digital entertainment site has content in store over the next months that flaunts Bollywood biggies such as Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma.
Netflix on Tuesday announced five new original series, exploring the worlds of deadly zombies, scary gangsters, stand-up comics and daring friends, in a bid to tell diverse Indian stories and reach out to the domestic market in a more aggressive way. Bombay Begums, created, written and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, will follow the journey of five women in contemporary urban India, who wrestle with desire, ethics, personal crises and vulnerabilities to own their ambition.
Shrivastava feels Bombay Begums is an attempt to tell a story about the lives of urban Indian women with honesty.
‘I hope women — and maybe some men — can connect to this story, no matter what their background, because maybe we are all trying to find ourselves and our place in this world,’ she said.
Another project that has raised curiosity is the Anushka Sharma-backed Mai, which will tell a tale of a 47-year-old docile wife and mother, who finds herself sucked into a vortex of violence, power, white collar crime and politics following a personal tragedy. (IANS)

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