Streaming giant Netflix India on Wednesday announced its complete slate for 2021 across different genres and languages. With over 41 titles in the pipeline, we would get to see Richie Mehta’s Delhi Crime Season 2, Jamtara 2, Kota Factory 2, Ye Kaali Kaali Aankhein, Mismatched season 2, Little Things season 4 and many others in the coming months. You can also expect the release of acclaimed festival winner Bombay Rose, Kapil Sharma’s much-awaited web show and Sanya Malhotra’s quirky movie about a young widow Pagglait soon.
During the event, filmmaker Karan Johar, who will be producing Fatima Sana Shaikh starrer Ajeeb Daastan, shared his apprehensions about the digital medium. He said, “We were very proud of the film Bombay Talkies. But we realised that the content is not ‘in your face commercial’, it’s bound to affect the box office. The film was loved by the audience but the report card said flop.” He added that the impact Netflix had with Love Stories helped him look at the platform with the vision of a filmmaker. “Subsequently it was a digital revolution.”
Did someone order new films, series, documentaries, reality shows, comedy specials and more?? Because THEY ARE ON THE WAY!
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) March 3, 2021
The new shows which were announced Wednesday included Madhuri Dixit starrer Finding Anamika, which will be presented by Karan Johar’s Dharmatic and Manoj Bajpayee’s web series Ray. Decoupled featuring Madhavan and Surveen Chawla, and Amol Parashar’s Feels like Ishq were also announced by the streaming giant.
Raveena Tandon is all set to make her digital debut with Aranyak. It is a mysterious, intriguing story based in Himachal. Talking about her character, Tandon shared, “My character’s name is Kasturi Dogra. Kasturi struggles to balance her personal and professional life, like many women. This is her story.”
Starring Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sanjay Kapoor, Manav Kaul, Lakshvir Saran, Suhasini Muley and Muskkaan Jafari, Finding Anamika explores the story of a global superstar, wife, and mom who suddenly goes missing without a trace. Directed by Karishma Kohli and Bejoy Nambiar, the web series is a suspense drama.
It’s a big day for #TeamDharmatic! We’re super excited to announce 5 new projects under the @dharmatic_ banner coming soon on @netflix_in! #FindingAnamika #AjeebDaastaans #MeenakshiSundareshwar #SearchingForSheela #FabulousLivesOfBollywoodWives pic.twitter.com/qtOgsk0aa3
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 3, 2021
The dark crime thriller She has been renewed for a second season. Writer Imtiaz Ali talked about the show at the recent Netflix event and said, “Had the story of She with me for a long time. But I could never make it before due to its format. I did try making it into a film many times before. But, there are many layers in the show which suited a longer format.”
Release date: March 3
What happens when a flower seller falls in love in an anime in Indian setting? This is what the critically acclaimed Gitanjali Rao’s animated feature will seek to answer within the given format. Bombay Rose opened to immediate acclaim at the Venice Critics’ Week. It will begin streaming on Netflix from March 3.
Release date: March 8
After making a cameo in her father Mahesh Bhatt’s movie Sadak 2, filmmaker and actor Pooja Bhatt is making a full-fledged comeback with the Netflix female-led show Bombay Begums. Directed by Lipstick Under My Burkha fame director Alankrita Shrivastava, Bombay Begums also features Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur and Aadhya Anand in pivotal roles. Bombay Begums will start streaming on Netflix from March 8.
Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein
A dark turn to run away from love and to find love at the same time 💔
Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein – A complete mind-bender psychological thriller is coming your way soon on @NetflixIndia #AbMenuMeinSabNew@sidhartsengupta @TahirRajBhasin @iam_anchalsingh @saurabhshukla_s pic.twitter.com/RWKgghrxkX
— Shweta Tripathi Sharma (@battatawada) March 3, 2021
The official description of the Sidharth Sengupta directorial reads, “Think of the most dreaded villain! What if he has a daughter who truly, deeply, madly falls in love with you? What if you don’t love her back? What if you are in love with someone else? How will you say no and get out of the situation? After all, quite like her father, she’s not likely to take ‘no’ for an answer. A romantic simpleton finds himself in the middle of this crossfire in Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein, a dark comical pulpy desi thriller about three things that matter the most in the country- paisa, taqat aur pyaar!!!” It stars Tahir Raj Bhasin, Shweta Tripathi, Anchal Singh, Saurabh Shukla, Surya Sharma, Brijendra Kala, Arunoday Singh and others.
Release date: March 12
This Sanya Malhotra starrer movie is about a young widow who is unable to shed any tears or feel any amount of sadness for her bereaved partner. As everyone around her starts to comment on her strange behaviour and spirited demeanour, Sanya’s character seeks to find out what is ‘wrong’ with her. Written and directed by Umesh Bist, Pagglait will start streaming on Netflix from March 12.
Directed by Ram Madhvani, Dhamaka stars Kartik Aaryan in the lead role. The recently released teaser suggests that Dhamaka’s central plotline is about a ‘star’ news anchor who struggles to keep it together. The collaboration of Aaryan and Madhvani is interesting because both are associated with movies that have drastically different sensibilities. Dhamaka also features Amruta Subhash in a pivotal part. Its official synopsis reads, “A frustrated ex-news anchor is given another chance to go live on prime time television when a terrorist calls him with a bomb threat. Little does he know that this call will change his life and throw him into a fast-paced game of betrayal.”
Kapil Sharma’s upcoming show
Kapil Sharma is making a transition from the idiot box to the popular streaming platform. Not too long ago, the actor and star comedian had shared a teaser, announcing his decision to join the Netflix family in his inimitable manner. Bollywood star Anil Kapoor had also posted the said teaser on his social media. Now only time will tell whether this will be a sketch comedy series or a chat show.
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Meenakshi Sunderashwar stars Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani in the lead roles. A romantic comedy presumably involving the concept of a long-distance relationship, the film has been helmed by Vivek Soni. The official synopsis of the movie reads, “What’s in a name? A lot, as Meenakshi and Sundareshwar would express in their upcoming Netflix film, Meenakshi Sundareshwar.” Sanya was last seen in the Netflix movie Ludo. She also has Netflix’s Pagglait under her belt.
Sardar Ka Grandson
Arjun Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh’s upcoming family entertainer Sardar Ka Grandson will soon be available to stream on Netflix. Also starring Neena Gupta and Aditi Rao Hydari, the film has been directed by Kaashvie Nair. It has been produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar. Kapoor had recently shared the news on his social media with a post that read, “Gather your parents and grandparents for this one, Sardar ka Grandson is coming soon to @netflix_in.”
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Masaba Masaba Season 2
The first season of this quirky dramedy released to positive reviews last year. It marked popular fashion designer Masaba Gupta’s foray into the digital medium. She was seen sharing screen space with her real-life mother Neena Gupta on the show. Masaba Masaba is inspired by the real-life of the designer.
The other docu-reality shows that will release this year on Netflix include the second season of Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives and the yet-to-be-titled Sumukhi Suresh’s show. The streaming giant will also release Taapsee Pannu starrer Haseen Dillruba, Marathi movie The Disciple, actor Siddharth’s Navarasa and Dhanush’s Jagame Thandhiram.