Netflix India, on Thursday, announced 17 new titles, including movies and series that will premiere on the platform.
Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena biopic will premiere on Netflix on August 12, according to reports. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to confirm the same.
Netflix shared a video revealing the titles that include films like AK vs AK, Bombay Rose, Class of ’83, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, Ginny Weds Sunny, Ludo, Raat Akeli Hai, Serious Men, Torbaaz and Tribhanga- Tedhi Medhi Crazy. Series releases include Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy, Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, Bombay Begums, Masaba Masaba and Mismatched.
In June, Jhanvi Kapoor took to social media to announce her film’s release on Netflix, skipping theatrical release in the wake of the pandemic. She wrote, “Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl. This isn’t just a film for me- it’s a journey that’s taught me to believe in myself. A journey I can’t wait to share with you all. About a girl who set out to do something simple, follow her dreams. #GunjanSaxena – #TheKargilGirl coming soon on Netflix. #GunjanSaxenaOnNetflix (sic).”
Directed by Sharan Sharma, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl is the biopic of the former Indian Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena who played a pivotal role in the Kargil War of 1999.
Presented by Zee Studios and Dharma Productions, the film, also featuring Pankaj Tripathi and Viineet Kumar, was earlier slated to be released on April 24.
Monika Shergill, VP-Content, Netflix India, told PTI their aim is to “tell the most defining stories from India that will first appeal to the Indian consumers”.
“It is really important that a story coming out of India becomes big in India. When local stories become big locally, that’s when they make maximum impact globally. For us, it is important to tell the biggest and the most defining stories in India and to work with storytellers who bring their most authentic vision and passion for stories,” she said.
About the impact of COVID-19 on streaming services, Shergill said though there was an increase in viewing numbers, they are “mindful that it is a temporary phase”. “It has been an unprecedented time. People have looked for emotional comfort and we are happy that as a service, we were able to provide that. But we are also mindful that this is a temporary phase that has increased the viewing numbers.