Netflix has definitely kept the hype around Sacred Games – its first Indian web series – alive by releasing the first look of its characters. Adding more fervor, the international streaming service had announced that it is working on three more new Indian Originals.
TheDigitalHash.com has already reported that Netflix has commissioned three Indian Originals – Sacred Games, Selection Day, and Bard of Blood. You can read the in-depth coverage on TheDigitalHash.com here. Netflix also recently released its first ever Indian film – Love Per Square Foot, you can read its review here.
Now Netflix has announced three new titles namely Leila, Ghoul and Crocodile. Leila, from writer and executive producer Urmi Juvekar, based on a book by Prayaag Akbar, tells the story of Shalini, a free-thinking woman in search of the daughter she lost upon her arrest 16 years earlier. Set in the near future, this inventive, boundary-breaking story centres around longing, faith and loss.
Ghoul, a horror series based on Arabic folklore, is set in a covert detention centre. Nida, a newly minted interrogator who turned in her own father as an anti-government activist, arrives at the centre to discover that some of the terrorists held there are not of this world. Written and directed by Patrick Graham, and starring Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul, this unique and gripping series, with a supernatural twist, traces Nida’s battle for survival.
Crocodile, written by Binky Mendez, is a young adult murder mystery thriller series set in the seaside state of Goa. When her best friend goes missing, Mira sets out on her own investigation, uncovering secrets among her friends, romantic relationships and community.
In an official statement, Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series, Netflix, said that these three series, from the scary to the supernatural, represent the tremendous diversity that Indian storytelling holds for a global audience.
With this announcement, Netflix has upped the ante not just in terms of its own projections for India as a market with potential, but also the expectations from Sacred Games. Going by past experience, Netflix may just live up to it all.