Anushka Sharma signs Raima Sen and Sakshi Tanwar for Netflix show
Anushka has roped Dangal actress Sakshi Tanwar to play the central character in her next Netflix series, Mai. Sakshi will be playing a 47-year-old middle-class woman who leads a double life of a don. She is believed to be playing the most challenging role of her career in this crime-thriller series. Sakshi will be accompanied by Raima Sen who has already worked with her in Ekta Kapoor's C Kkompany (2008). The show is also said to have an ensemble supporting cast, but so far they haven't released the details.
Mai tells the story of a docile middle-aged wife and mother, Sheel who finds herself suddenly sucked into a rabbit hole of violence and power when she accidentally kills a notorious mafia leader. As her cult grows, she is pulled further into the criminal and political underworld.
Billed as a women-centric series with a strong female central character, Mai is being directed by Atul Mongia from the screenplay by Tamel Sen and Amita Vyas. The show reportedly went on floors in March this year in Lucknow but was soon halted due to the sudden nationwide lockdown caused by Coronavirus pandemic.
This is Anushka's third web production after Amazon Prime's Paatal Lok and yet-to-release Netflix period-drama Bulbul that looks at the age-old beliefs and superstitions.