See What's Next: Netflix India releases its slate of upcoming films in 2021
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Netflix India has released its slate of upcoming films, and it has some awe-inspiring names and cast lined up. Netflix has always strived to bring new content into its library, and that is exactly what the new "menu" of the platform is aiming at, entertaining audiences with films that have never been seen before. In a press event held today unveiling the slate of films, Shrishti Behl Aarya, Director of International Original Films, Netflix spoke about the slate of films housed in the streaming giant saying, "Netflix has had the great honour to bring you more than 30 original Indian films so far, including 17 films just last year. Films like 'Ludo', 'Guilty', 'AK v/s AK' and even our very first Tamil and Telugu films 'Paava Kadhaigal' and 'Pitta Kathalu'. We also house a stellar collection of licenced films in many Indian languages. Films like Ms India, Kabbela or Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo and we bring you wonderful stories such as 'Is Love Enough, Sir?', and 'Axone' and of course we bring our members films made all over the world, sometimes even those that have an India connection like 'Extraction'. In our quest to be the homes for films in India, we have been incredibly fortunate to work with some of the finest talents and filmmakers."
Upcoming releases include the mystery thriller 'Hassen Dillruba', directed by Vinil Matthew and produced by Aanand L. Rai and Himanshu Sharma's Colour Yellow Productions, and T-Series. The film stars Tapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey, Harshvardhan Rane and Hansika Motwani. The film revolves around a woman whose head is above the clouds most of the time and who gets entangled in the murder of her own husband.
Karan Johar production 'Ajeeb Dastans', an anthology of four films starring Shefali Shah, Manav Kaul, Nusrat Bharucha, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Aditi Rao Hydari, Inayat Verma and Abhishek Banerjee. The films will focus on a unique third-person narrative in relationships, the person who breaks, mends or becomes the mediator in situations. The stories are set in varied milieus, explore jealousy, entitlement, prejudices, and toxicity that are often entangled within the heart of their relationships.
Jitendra Kumar starrer 'Jadugar' directed by Sameer Saxena. The film has Kumar starring opposite Arushi Sharma. Written by Biswapati Sarkar and produced by Posham PA Pictures, the story revolves around Magic Meenu in the small town of Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh. Meenu has to win a football tournament in order to marry the love of his life but there are two thorns obstructing him. One, that his team hasn't won a match in years and the other, that the girl does not love him back.
'Dhamaka' directed and written by Ram Madhvani and starring Kartik Aaryan, Mrunal Thakur, Amruta Subhash, Vikas Kumar, Vishwajeet Pradhan. An official remake of the 2013 Korean film The Terror Live and follows a frustrated ex-news anchor (Aaryan) 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, forcing him to make a choice between his future career or the humanist in him. The film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala's RSVP Movies and Ram Madhvani Films in association with Lotte Cultureworks, Globalgate Entertainment, and Lionsgate India.
Venice Film Festival contender 'Milestone' directed by Ivan Ayr who co-wrote the script with Neel Mani Kant. The film starring Suvinder Vicky, Lakshvir Saran, follows 50-year-old bereaved Ghali, struck driver, who is reeling from a personal tragedy and its aftermath, in fear of losing his job to a young recruit. One day he reached 50,000-kilometre mark, a record at his company.
Abbas Mustan directorial 'Penthouse' starring Bobby Deol, Arjun Rampal, Sharman Joshi, Mouni Roy, Cyrus Broacha, Tisca Chopra, Abrar Zahoor. Five married friends share a penthouse to quench their indulges outside of the boundaries of marriage and society but that secret life comes crumbling down when one day the body of an unknown woman is found in the apartment. Girish Dhamija is the writer, and Sunir Khetarpal and Gaurav Bose are producers.
'Navarasa', an anthology of nine films that explore the human psyche of anger, compassion, courage, disgust, fear, laughter, love, peace, and wonder. The nine directors are Arvind Swami, Bejoy Nambiar, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthik Subbaraj, Karthick Naren, KV Anand, Ponram, Rathindran Prasad, and Halitha Shameem. The films star Revathy, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Anjali, Aditi Balan, Remya Nambeesan, Poorna, Prayaga Martin, Rythvika Suriya, Vijay Sethupathy, Arvind Swamy, Siddarth, Prakashraj, Yogi Babu, Prasanna, Atharva, Bobby Simha, Gautham Menon, Ashok Selvan, Nedumudi Venu, Delhi Ganesh, Kishore among the ensemble cast of 40.
Sanya Malhotra starrer 'Meenakshi Sundareshwar', directed by Vivel Soni. Malhotra stars opposite Abhimanyu Dassani in this romance comedy. Produced by Karan Johar under Dharmatic Entertainment, the film revolves around a couple who venture into an arranged marriage union, but, when a job opportunity pops up in Bengaluru for single men, Dassani, who plays Sundareshwar, has to leave behind his married life with Meenakshi played by Malhotra. The film then follows the trials and tribulations of their long distance relationship.
'Sardar ka Grandson' starring Neena Gupta, Arjun Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh, John Abraham, Aditi Rao Hyadari, Soni Razdan, Kanwaljeet Singh, Kumud Mishra, Divya Seth. The film follows a US-return grandson (Kapoor) who will go to any length to fulfil the last wish of his fun-loving grandmother (Gupta), who presides over a large Punjabi family as the matriarch. It is directed by Kaashvie Nair and is a production of Emmay Entertainment, John Abraham Entertainment, and T-Series.
'Pagglait', releasing on March 26, follows the story of recently widowed Sandhya who is struggling to mourn the death of her husband, as she sets out on the path of self-discovery, attempting to find her identity and purpose in life- all this while living amidst the quirky members of her joint family.. The Umesh Bist directorial's ensemble includes Sanya Malhotra, Sayani Gupta, Ashutosh Rana, Raghubir Yadav, Shrutii Sharma, Sheeba Chaddha, Sharib Hashmi, Aasif Khan, Rajesh Tailang, Meghna Malik.
Chaitanya Tamhane's 'The Disciple' starring Aditya Modak and Dr. Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave, Deepika Bhide Bhagwat, and Kiran Yadnyopavit. The film, based on the theme of Hindustani Classical Music has an Indian classical music vocalist who “starts to wonder whether it's really possible to achieve the excellence he's striving for.” The Marathi language film won best screenplay at the Venice Film Festival 2020. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón served as the executive producer alongside Rakesh Mehra.
Dhanush starrer 'Jagame Thandiram' written and directed by Karthik Subbaraj, the film revolves around Suruli (Dhanush), a nomadic gangster who has to choose between good and evil in a war for what one can truly call home. The Tamil film also stars James Cosmo, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Kalaiyarasan, and Joju George. S. Sashikanth's YNot Studios and Anil Ambani's Reliance Entertainment produce the film.
Sonakshi Sinha starrer 'Bulbul Tarang' about a chirpy young girl called Bulbul who has one simple dream: she wants her groom, Rishi Kumar, to come in his baraat atop a horse but her innocent dream is deemed not good for the village of Kannauj. What does she do then? A production of Reliance Entertainment, Narayan Singh directs off an Arshad Sayeed script. It also stars Tahir Raj Bhasin.
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