Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment has now joined hands with the streaming giant Netflix for an original Indian series. Based on the book Bard of Blood by Bilal Siddiqi, the show will be a thriller. The series will be shot in multiple languages like Hindi, Urdu, English and others.
Shah Rukh Khan, who was present at the announcement, said, “We have always tried to create world class content and entertainment from India. Netflix has shown that Indian stories have a global audience and we would love to use this platform and its reach to tell more stories.”
An official statement said, “Set against the backdrop of the Indian subcontinent, the multilingual series will tell the story of an expelled spy, Kabir Anand who is recalled from his new life as a Shakespeare professor in Panchgani to save his country and long-lost love. A combination of combat skills, intellectual background and personal circumstances propel Kabir to avenge the past and face his deadliest enemies in a race against time.”
My first book – #TheBardOfBlood is going to be a @netflix series soon. This would not have been possible without Mr @_GauravVerma . Yes, that is the founder & CEO of Netflix – Mr @reedhastings . And then of course, there’s the man who has inspired millions like me – @iamsrk sir! pic.twitter.com/HEEXR43bGe
— Bilal Siddiqi (@BilalS158) November 17, 2017
“The series will involve intricate, highly stylised action sequences never before seen on screen in India. The series will be shot on location and the characters will interact in Hindi, Urdu, English and other languages,” the statement continued.
In a chat with Gaurav Kapur, Shah Rukh Khan and Reed Hastings revealed what attracted them to this story.
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) November 18, 2017
Reed Hastings, Netflix Founder and CEO, said, “We believe in the global vision of Red Chillies to create groundbreaking content out of India. It’s exciting to deepen our relationship with Red Chillies and expand our slate of originals in India. We are thrilled to work with a brilliant, young writer like Bilal Siddiqi and take his gripping, inventive storytelling to Netflix members worldwide.”