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2024 Netflix India Slate Unveiled

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Netflix officially unveiled their slate for 2024 Netflix India, which is headlined by ‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar,’ which marks the streaming series debut of Bollywood blockbuster filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Here is the official rundown:

FILMS

Amar Singh Chamkila 
Release Date: April 12
Logline: The untold true story of Punjab’s original rock star of the masses, Amar Singh Chamkila, who emerged from the shadows of poverty and rose to the heights of popularity in the ’80s, due to the sheer power of his music, angering many along the way, ultimately leading to his assassination at a young age of 27.
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Music: A. R. Rahman
Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Parineeti Chopra

Do Patti 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: The film is set to take viewers on a thrilling and unpredictable roller coaster ride, with the perfect puree of suspense, emotion and drama like never before. It is set to transport audiences to the mesmerizing yet mysterious hills of North India, which serve as a backdrop for this vivid edge-of-the-seat thriller to unfold.
Director: Shashanka Chaturvedi
Cast: Kajol Devgan, Kriti Sanon, Shaheer Sheikh, Tanvi Azmi

 

Maharaj
Release Date: TBC
Logline: Inspired by true events, Maharaj is an incredible David vs. Goliath story. Set in the 1800s, it narrates how a regular man, journalist by profession, takes on a powerful role model of society, hailed by many as a messiah for the masses. The fearless reporter wields his pen to go toe-to-toe with this spotless figure of the community in a bid to uncover a series of incidents that shake the very foundation of society. The period drama is an ode to mankind’s spirit to do good, to pursue and discover truth at any cost and to fight for humanity. It shows how one person’s will to affect positive social change can triumph over all evil and bring those in power to justice.
Director: Siddharth P Malhotra
Cast: Junaid Khan, Jaideep Ahlawat, Sharvari, Shalini Pandey

Murder Mubarak 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: Based on the novel Club You to Death by Anuja Chauhan, Murder Mubarak transports you to the capital where a death at a posh recreational club opens an investigation that gets complex by the minute as secrets and lies come to the surface and everyone is a suspect.
Director: Homi Adajania
Cast: Sara Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi, Vijay Varma, Dimple Kapadia, Karisma Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Tisca Chopra, Suhail Nayyar

Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: After the success of Haseen Dillruba, the story continues…. Now residing in the city of Agra, Rani lives as a paying guest and Rishu lives under the alias Ravi Varma. While the city is facing its own struggles with a broken barrage, heavy floods and an unexpected arrival of crocodiles in the Yamuna river, Rishu and Rani are trying their best to avoid attention and plan their escape for their happily ever after. Will they manage to evade the cops this time as well?
Director: Jayprad Desai
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey, Sunny Kaushal, Jimmy Shergill

Sikandar Ka Muqaddar 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: A heist thriller that spans across 18 years.
Director: Neeraj Pandey

Vijay 69 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: Vijay 69 is a quirky, slice-of-life film about a man who decides to compete in a triathlon at the age of 69! With Anupam Kher in the titular role, this comedy is produced by Maneesh Sharma and directed by Akshay Roy for YRF Entertainment. A film that will tug at your hearts, Vijay 69 is about the purity of emotion that this sexagenarian feels within himself when he sets forth to achieve his impossible dream and, therefore, makes a bid to defy all odds. YRF Entertainment previously produced huge global hits on streaming like The Romantics and The Railway Men.

Director: Akshay Roy Cast: Anupam Kher

Wild Wild Punjab 

Release Date: TBC
Logline: A group of drunk boys decides to avenge a friend’s breakup by crashing his ex’s wedding and achieving closure. What ensues is a bold and impromptu plan for a “breakup trip” leading to unforeseen adventures in this maze of a land called — Wild Wild Punjab!
Director: Simarpreet Singh
Cast: Varun Sharma, Sunny Singh, Manjot Singh, Jassie Gill, Patralekhaa, Ishita Raj

SERIES

Dabba Cartel 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: A series of unusual circumstances leads five ordinary women from Thane down a rabbit hole of adventures that sees them begin distributing drugs through a “dabba” delivery business. As their secret cartel expands, they must navigate treacherous alliances, the law, and their own inner conflicts — risking everything they hold dear.
Director: Hitesh Bhatia
Cast: Shabana Azmi, Jyotika, Shalini Pandey, Nimisha Sajayan, Anjali Anand, Gajraj Rao, Sai Tamhankar, Lillete Dubey, Jisshu Sengupta, Bhupendra Jadawat

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: Archnemeses Mallikajaan and Fareedan are locked in a battle for succession of Heeramandi, where courtesans reign as queens. The only hope is young Alam, Mallikajaan’s youngest daughter. But what happens when Alam relinquishes power and chooses the love of one man over the adulation of many? Set in pre-independent India against the backdrop of the freedom movement, Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar is an epic saga of love, power, betrayal, struggle and, ultimately, freedom.
Creator-Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Manisha Koirala, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditi Rao Hydari, Richa Chadha, Sanjeeda Shaikh, Sharmin Segal, Shekhar Suman, Fardeen Khan, Adhyayan Suman, Taha Shah

IC 814: The Kandahar Hijack 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: On 24 December 1999, Indian Airlines flight IC 814, en route from Kathmandu to New Delhi, was hijacked and taken to Kandahar in Taliban-governed Afghanistan. The hijack lasted seven days; while passengers and crew suffered, some great officers back home struggled to answer the “who” and “why” — answers that were beyond the obvious and extremely complex. But the people had to be brought back home safely. The clock was ticking as the negotiations forged through; this is the story of those seven days which became the longest hijack in Indian history.
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Cast: Vijay Verma, Patralekhaa, Pankaj Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Arvind Swami, Dia Mirza, More

Khakee: The Bengal Chapter 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: From the badlands of Bihar to the ganglands of Bengal — our next chapter moves to Kolkata in 2003 when two honest cops go after a dreaded don and his fierce henchmen. Based on a true story, this brand-new season of our beloved cop franchise brings to the screen twice the cops, twice the criminals and twice the action-packed crime drama of S1.
Creator: Neeraj Pandey

Kota Factory Season 3 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: Having now braved through the tough initial preparation and the relentless pressure of academics, students brace themselves for the all-important IIT JEE exam. With Jeetu Bhaiya, the students’ unwavering mentor and inspiration, on his own poignant journey to discover his calling, the uncertain fate of the students hangs in the balance in this high-stakes drama of the much-anticipated third season.
Showrunner: Raghav Subbu
Cast: Jitendra Kumar, Tillotama Shome, Mayur More, Ranjan Raj, Alam Khan, Revathi Pillai, Ahsaas Channa, Rajesh Kumar

Maamla Legal Hai 
Release Date: March 1
Logline: Set within the fictional confines of Patparganj District Court, this gavel-slamming courtroom comedy, Maamla Legal Hai, explores the world of law through the eyes of its eccentric lawyers. This motley crew of lawyers from idealistic rookies to cynical veterans promises a delightful blend of humor, heart, and legal jargon, drawing inspiration from real-life strange and unbelievable cases.
Director: Rahul Pandey
Cast: Ravi Kishan, Nidhi Bisht, Anant V Joshi, Naila Grewal, Anjum Batra, Vijay Rajoria, Yashpal Sharma

Mandala Murders 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: Detectives Rea Thomas and Vikram Singh are thrust into a dark world where these bone-chilling murders are not just random acts of violence but also part of a sinister plan orchestrated by a century-old secret society. But…what’s the purpose of this secret society? Be prepared to enter into the thrilling world of Mandala Murders where the villain, victims, survivors and detectives are intricately and deeply connected to each other!

Creator-Director: Gopi Puthran
Cast: Vaani Kapoor, Vaibhav Raj Gupta

Mismatched Season 3 

Release Date: TBC

Logline: Three years from Season 2, we are out of young love and in for some adulthood. After making it through a long-distance relationship, Dimple and Rishi are back together in a brand-new city in a whole new dynamic, facing each other in two competing institutes. Will they be able to overcome a new set of challenges to discover their now-forgotten chemistry?
Director: Akarsh Khurana
Cast: Prajakta Koli, Rohit Saraf

Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein Season 2 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: Vikrant thought he had the perfect plan to get rid of his ruthless wife. But when his hired hitman turns against him and kidnaps her for ransom, he finds himself in a deadly game with no rules. To make matters worse, a new and powerful rival, who is in love with Purva, enters the fray. Purva, herself, has a few tricks up her sleeve. How will Vikrant survive this web of lies, greed and murder?
Showrunner: Sidharth Sengupta
Cast: Tahir Raj Bhasin, Anchal Singh, Shweta Tripathi, Gurmeet Chaudhary

Fabulous Lives vs. Bollywood Wives 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: The cozy world of the Bollywood Wives is in for a shake-up. Three new divas from the swank capital of India, Delhi, join the proceedings. Confronted with lives that could be shinier than theirs, the Bollywood Wives are ready for battle. It is the city of excess vs. the city of dreams. It is bling vs. swag. It is Delhi vs. Bollywood. It is Fabulous Lives vs. Bollywood Wives. Who will blink first?
Director: Uttam Ramkrishna Domale

The Great Indian Kapil Show 

Release Date: March 30
Logline: India’s most loved comedian finds a home on Netflix and brings along his crazy but loyal cast of characters! The Great Indian Kapil Show is a variety chat show set in the bustling confines of an airport and features prominent celebrity guests every week. The series will expand to global audiences, infusing Kapil Sharma’s signature wit with classic Indian humour. Featuring Sunil Grover, Krushna Abhishek, Kiku Sharda and others.
Showrunner: Anukalp Goswami
Cast: Kapil Sharma, Sunil Grover, Archana Puran Singh, Krushna Abhishek, Kiku Sharda,
Rajiv Thaku

The Greatest Rivalry – India vs. Pakistan 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: There is nothing like cricket to raise emotions in India. But passion hits new heights when it’s a match between India and Pakistan! The Greatest Rivalry – India vs. Pakistan chronicles the relationship between both countries, on and off-field. The docuseries is filled with emotions, cricketing action and humor as it presents two sides of a coin — the competitiveness and unlikely camaraderie shared between the two teams. Featuring legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Shoaib Akhtar, Ravi Ashwin, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sourav Ganguly, and many others — dive into the greatest rivalry known to any cricket fan.
Directors: Chandradev Bhagat, Stewart Sugg

To Kill a Tiger 

Release Date: TBC
Logline: A girl, her father, and their fight for justice. To Kill a Tiger is a cinematic, David and Goliath story about Ranjit, a farmer in Jharkhand, who takes on the fight of his life when he demands justice for his 13-year-old daughter, the survivor of sexual assault. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary feature and directed by Nisha Pahuja, this is a story of hope, resilience and a father’s unwavering love. Sometimes, one person’s bravery can be all it takes to spark change.
Director: Nisha Pahuja

Yo Yo Honey Singh: Famous 
Release Date: TBC
Logline: Based on the illustrious journey of hip-hop artist and rapper, Yo Yo Honey Singh: Famous is a deep-dive into his roller coaster life and the sudden public disappearance at the peak of his exalted career. Honey Singh, for the first time, finally opens up about his personal life in a rare, honest and revelatory way, much to the excitement of the industry and his fans
Director: Mozez Singh
Star: Yo Yo Honey Singh

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Pixar CCO Pete Docter Excited About Future

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The latest smash hit in theaters is Pixar’s ‘Inside Out 2’ which had a stellar opening in theaters grossing $295 million globally in its first weekend, and the film is currently this year’s highest box office debut.

Naturally, that success has many people excited, specifically Pixar who feel that the numbers, which are similar to pre-2020 numbers, indicate an incredible future is upon them.

“I feel like we’re in a really golden place where, after a lot of turmoil, every project we have is exciting to me for multiple reasons — both from new looks and technology, but more importantly, original stories and storytellers,” Pixar Chief creative officer Pete Docter said, during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Docter also spoke about the recently announced ‘Inside Out’ series that will land on Disney+ and stated that the project is already completed and will be arriving to the streaming platform sometime in Spring 2025.

“But in the first film, remember we go to Dream Production to see how Riley’s dreams are made? It semi-explains why they’re so weird. We’ve continued the exploration of the power of dreams and how they affect us in our waking life, as well. So it’s pretty cool,” Docter said.

Docter discussed how the company decides which content lands on Disney+, which was announced just before the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, or gets a premier release in theaters, which seems to be making a comeback in the market.

“But that was really before anyone had an understanding of the economics of how it all works. How much can you spend on a show, and how do you even track what it made? A box office is super easy. Three people came in, I know I can count the money exactly. With streaming, depending on how you divide it up, do you get more money to do something that’s new or that attracts new viewers? It’s very squirrely,” he explained.

With Pixar basking in the limelight of their latest success, the future is exciting for the company and it will be interesting to see how far their new success can go.

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Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’ Gets Massive Budget

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Netflix is opening up the bank for the latest film from Joe and Anthony Russo.

According to World of Reel, Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’ movie, which is going to be exclusively for the entertainment streaming platform, Netflix has topped the $300 million budget mark, costing $320 million to produce.

The cast for “The Electric State”, a sci-fi movie based on Simon Stålenhag‘s 2018 illustrated novel, includes Millie Bobbie Brown, Chris Pratt, Ke Huy Quan, Giancarlo Espostito, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Jason Alexander, Brian Cox, and Jenny Slate.

According to the official synopsis: ““The Electric State” is a coming-of-age tale that mixes sci-fi and western genres in a retro-futuristic past. Brown plays an orphaned teenager who traverses the American West with her robot friend and an eccentric drifter in search of her younger brother.”

Netflix won the bidding war for the rights to the film back in 2022, and now we will see if the ROI on the investment will reward their massive investment.

 

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Kenya Moore Suspended Indefinitely From ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

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Kenya Moore has been suspended indefinitely from ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ after Moore allegedly displayed posters with explicit images of franchise newcomer Brittany Eady at the grand opening of her Kenya Moore Hair Spa in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The show is currently filming it’s 16th season.

According to Entertainment Tonight, the photos were “allegedly found online” and referenced a source that said – “Kenya was suspended for allegedly depicting Brittany performing a sexual act at the grand opening of her Kenya Moore Hair Spa in Atlanta, from images allegedly found online. The network is still reviewing the content Kenya displayed during filming.”

The report goes on to address rumors of a threat made against Kenya involving a firearm –  “At no time was Kenya ever threatened with a weapon, nor was there ever a weapon present during the course of production.”

Moore has since taken to social media to address the news and defend herself: “I would never engage in revenge porn, I have never distributed private images or footage of anyone, nor solicited images owned by others to use to threaten or blackmail. I have always been vindicated. I can’t talk about STORY even with people planting fake news.”

“For the record, I’ve never once had possession of any weapons or threatened anyone ever,” she wrote.

The Hollywood Reporter goes on to say that Bravo was filing the cast event at the time, with a source informing Entertainment Tonight that “the network is still reviewing the content Kenya displayed during filming.”

Later, Moore shared the following on her Instagram story –  “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. The truth always comes to light.”

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