These last few years have seen a marked difference in the way home entertainment has evolved. The entry of Netflix, TVF and Prime Video into the Indian market have completely changed the game and given Bollywood a run for its money. Now, armed with an impressive war chest, these content providers have announced a slew of projects aimed at the Indian market. Details are hard to come by, but Que scoured the internet to put together this list of the digital long-form content you should keep an eye out for in the near future.
Platform: TVF Play
When the first season of Pitchers launched, nobody could have anticipated it becoming the massive viral sensation that it went on to be. The success of the original show served as proof that India was ready for a new wave of digital content, so in many ways it can be considered the godfather of Indian digital content. After a long delay and much anticipation, season 2 of the series is poised to launch this year and fans can hardly contain their excitement. The team have finally got their seed funding but what happens next?
When Netflix first launched in India last year, they didn’t seem too keen on developing regional content for the Indian market. The only project they announced was an ambitious screen adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s novel. Little was said about the project until July, when they revealed that Saif Ali Khan will be playing the lead in the series. What’s more is that ace director Anurag Kashyap will be helming the project and will be backed by his production house, Phantom House. Sacred Games will focus on Mumbai’s seedy underbelly replete with corruption, fierce criminals and everything in between.
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Netflix dropped the ball for a while when it came to regional content, but they seem to be wising up to the game and have announced a few more original shows for their Indian audience. The latest is Again, which will be written by Marisha Mukherjee, who has also worked on the hit series Quantico, which starred Priyanka Chopra. From what we know so far, the show is about a female homicide detective who must put her career and life on the line when a recent murder connects to closed cases from her past. That’s just the kind of fresh new storyline we’ve been waiting for.
Platform: Prime Video
After killing it in the digital space for quite some time, comedy collective AIB makes its foray into long-form content with a first-of-its-kind Indian satirical political show. They’ll be collaborating with the incredibly talented Irrfan Khan to make this happen, which is all but a guarantee that this show will have us all in splits. All signs indicate that the show’s release date should be announced any time now.
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Nextflix’s second original series is based on a novel about cricket by Aravind Adiga, who was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2008 for his book, The White Tiger. Cricket seems to be a recurring theme in the search for new content out of India with Prime Video’s latest offering, Inside Edge, also focussing on India’s favourite sport. And it works – Inside Edge is reportedly the most-watched show on their platform. We can only hope this new show is just as compelling.
Better Life Foundation 2
After the success of the first season, this refreshing mockumentary is poised to return with even more bizarre antics from its fabulous cast of actors – including comedians Naveen Richards, Sumukhi Suresh and Utsav Chakraborty. In an interview last year, Richards – one of the creators of the show – said that the second season would be ready by the end of 2016, so we really hope we see its release very soon.
The Forgotten Army
Platform: Prime Video
Kabir Khan makes his foray into the world of digital content with this show based on Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army, after having helmed a slew of big budget Bollywood hits such as New York, Ek Tha Tigerand Phantom. Pitched as the Indian version of Band of Brothers, the series is the true story of the patriots who fought for Independence as part of the Indian National Army, which was led by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
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