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Netflix India to release 10 new original films, thanks to Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar & others

Shahrukh Khan and Karan Johar. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 16, 2019, 11.31 AM (IST)

A day after HBO released the first episode of season 8 of ‘Game of Thrones’, Netflix India also made some big announcement for its OTT platform users. 

The streaming giant on Monday announced 10 new original films across a range of genres and subjects. With these, the total number of films that will be releasing early next year comes to 15. This includes the earlier announced titles like ‘Music Teacher’, ‘Cobalt Blue’, ‘Chopsticks’, ‘Upstarts’ and ‘Bulbul’.

These will be made available to Netflix users around the world by the end of 2020.

In a statement, Srishti Behl Arya, Director - International Original Film, India, Netflix, said, "When Netflix launched in India, we changed the way Indian audiences enjoy their films. Given our diversity, history and culture, India is home to powerful stories waiting to be told to audiences around the world. The depth of talent and vision of our creators is enabling us to create films our members will love. We want to be a home for India's finest filmmakers where their stories travel to more people than ever before.”

Among the new titles that have not been announced before this, ‘Ghost Stories’ will see directors Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap reunite after ‘Lust Stories’ to tell spine-chilling tales. This will be produced by Ronnie Screwvala's RSVP and Ashi Dua. Another from the same will be ‘Mrs. Serial Killer’ that is directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by his filmmaker wife Farah Khan.

Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment is producing ‘Class Of 83’. Directed by Atul Sabharwal, it explores the story of an upright policeman-turned-trainer whose students grapple with the complexities of honour, morals and devotion to the nation.

‘Guilty’, produced by Dharmatic and directed by Ruchi Narain, explores the versions of truth that emerge when a small town girl accuses the college heartthrob of rape. Speaking on the same, producer Karan Johar said, "Today a filmmaker with an interesting idea has so many avenues to connect with the audience... As a content creator, there has never been a better time to tell stories."

Sooni Taraporevala has helmed ‘Yeh Ballet’, produced by Roy Kapur Films. It's a story about two boys from low-income families who discover ballet and use it to escape their challenging circumstances.

Another is ‘House Arrest’ that is directed by Shashanka Ghosh and Samit Basu. It is the story of a man who is trapped in his own fears. He locks himself at home, only to find that while he can restrict his interaction with the world, he can't keep the world from entering his domain.

There are others like ‘Kaali Khuhi’ by Terrie Samundra, Manu Joseph's book ‘Serious Men’ adaptation by Sudhir Mishra.