Netflix has announced a new slate of originals from India.
Discussing the announcement, Sarandos said the company was committed to telling Asian stories and distributing them across Netflix's global audiences, "Asia is home to the world's great creative centres producing some of the most compelling films and series of today". First is Selection Day (based on a cricket novel by Aravind Adiga), which premieres on December 28.
Netflix also announced a new original series, Typewriter.
Netflix is continuing its originals drive in Asia with a raft of drama series including Chinese-language thriller Triad Princess.
Apart from India, Netflix will also a launch a slew of new anime series, including ones based on Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon.
The feature films include Chopsticks, which follows an under-confident but talented girl, sidestepped at every stage of her life, who seeks out an enigmatic con to help recover her stolen vehicle from a goat-loving, insane Mumbai gangster. Chopsticks is produced by Ashvini Yardi of Vineyard Productions and directed by Sachin Yardi. Bulbul, a period piece set in a vibrant atmosphere amidst age-old beliefs and superstitions. Satya and his brother's child bride, Bulbul, were inseparable until he was sent to England for his education. On his return, he finds Bulbul has been abandoned by his brother and now lives a solitary existence as the enigmatic lady-of-the-palace, dedicating herself to the welfare of the people. But the village is plagued by a mysterious haunting woman and Satya must find out the truth. Rounding out the roster is Firebrand, which follows a successful lawyer, a sexual assault victim played by Usha Jadhav, as she tackles hard family cases while also dealing with intimacy issues in her own marriage. The victim role is played by Usha Jadhav.
Famed starlet Madhuri Dixit is also set to be helming a Marathi film called "15th August", a satire on the middle class of India.
Curiously, Mehta directed a film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, which also has a Netflix show in the pipeline.
Cobalt Blue, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, is the story of a brother and sister who fall in love with the same man, and how a traditional Marathi family is shattered by the ensuing events. This story brings out the pain and the beauty of forbidden love, and is written and directed by Sachin Kundalkar. The streaming giant also announced that Dev Patel and Armie Hammer-starrer Hotel Mumbai will be coming on its platform mid 2019. This film will be available on Netflix in the SAARC region only.
Music Teacher, starring Manav Kaul, is a story about a music teacher who is emotionally troubled. He gets a chance to deal with his issues with an estranged student who is now a successful singer. The film is directed by Sarthak Dasgupta.
Upstarts is the story of three friends who are enchanted by the world of startups. In the struggle to make it big, they have to make big choices between their friendship and their dreams.