Streaming Stars

A Thriving Stream of Talent

admin   July 6, 2021

Streaming platforms have been a godsend for a slew of quality Indian actors striving for their due. Web shows have given them an opportunity to break out of the stifling confines of Bollywood. These talented performers who once thirsted for roles of substance can now demonstrate the full range of their talent. Mainstream cinema tended to pigeonhole them into stereotypical supporting roles. Not anymore. Among these actors are a few like Manoj Bajpayee and Kay Kay Menon who were names to reckon with even before the paradigm shift happened, but long-format narratives have certainly benefited them all, seasoned thespians and gifted greenhorns alike. By Saibal Chatterjee

Manoj Bajpayee

Investing In Roles

The Family Man, Ray, Mrs Serial Killer

Manoj Bajpayee

Manoj Bajpayee had minor roles in Govind Nihalani’s Drohkaal and Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen, both 1994, before bursting on the scene with Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya (1998). He has since steadily built a reputation as an actor who invests every role with authenticity and depth. The Shool, Pinjar, Gangs of Wasseypur, Aligarh and Gali Guleiyan actor has had several streaming platform releases during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fans have seen the actor in Suraj Pe Mangal Bhaari and Silence… Can You Hear It?, besides the critically acclaimed Bhonsle. He is also the lead actor of the Amazon Prime series The Family Man, in which he plays a secret service operative who balances the pressures of his job and his commitments as a husband and father. His latest applauded appearance has been in one of the four segments of the Netflix series Ray, based on short stories written by Satyajit Ray.    

Kay Kay Menon

Assertive Actor

Special Ops, Ray

Kay Kay Menon

Kay Kay Menon, a versatile actor who has had a long and busy career, is known for doing complete justice whenever he has been presented with an opportunity to demonstrate his skills. His diverse filmography includes titles such as Sarkar, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, Life… in a Metro, Gulaal and Haider. With his assertive screen presence, Menon proves time after time that there are few of his ilk in the Hindi movie industry. In one of his most memorable performances, in the Hotstar series Special Ops, created and directed by Neeraj Pandey, the actor fleshes out a counter-terrorism officer who puts together a task force of five Indian spies spread across the globe to thwart a terror plot. More recently, he plays the lead in Bahrupiya, a segment of the Netflix series Ray.

Kani Kusruti

Actress & Activist

OK Computer, Maharani

Kani Kusruti

An accomplished theatre and film actress, Kani Kusruti, with her activism background, has wide-ranging experience across cultural platforms. She did her theatre training at the Thrissur Drama School and the Paris-based L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq. Apart from acclaimed performances in the Malayalam films Kerala Café, Cocktail and Biriyani, which fetched her several awards, she has been seen of late in the Hindi-language web shows OK Computer and Maharani. She had a key role in Shaji N. Karun’s Oolu. In the wildly inventive futuristic fable OK Computer, created and directed by Pooja Shetty and Neil Pagedar, Kani plays a Goa cyber cell inspector investigating a hit-and-run case involving a self-driving car. In the Subhash Kapoor-directed Maharani, she essay the role of a sharp-witted bureaucrat posted as an adviser to the eponymous character, a homemaker who replaces her powerful politician husband as the Chief Minister of Bihar in the 1990s.

Vikrant Massey

Versatility In Web Shows

Mirzapur, Broken but Beautiful, Made in Heaven, Criminal Justice, Haseen Dillruba

Vikrant Massey

Few actors have cashed in on the recent spate of web shows and movies on the streaming platforms to the extent that Vikrant Massey, a one-time television star, has done. The 34-year-old actor played supporting roles in Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera and Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do before landing the lead in actress Konkona Sen Sharma’s outstanding directorial debut, A Death in the Gunj. Massey made an instant impact, surrendering himself to a callow young man of the 1970s grappling with a hostile world. The actor’s ascent has continued since then thanks in the main to a series of web shows that he has been an integral part of. Among these are Mirzapur (Amazon Prime), Broken but Beautiful (ALTBalaji), Made in Heaven (Amazon Prime) and Criminal Justice. As 2021 reached the halfway mark, Massey had a Netflix release – Haseen Dillruba, a thriller co-starring Taapsee Pannu.    

Pankaj Tripathi

Strong And Steady Journey

Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl, Ludo, Kaagaz, Mirzapur, Criminal Justice

Pankaj Tripathi

The Bihar-born National School of Drama alumnus has been on a steady upswing over the last ten years or so, starting with the accolades he garnered for his performance in Anurag Kashyap’s magnum opus Gangs of Wasseypur. Before he made his first appearance in Netflix’s Sacred Games in 2018-2019, he had a string of career-defining big-screen roles. Among them were critically hailed performances in Fukrey, Masaan (which was screened in Cannes’s Un certain regard), Newton (Which premiered in the Berlin Film Festival’s Forum), Gurgaon, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Stree. In the past couple of years, with cinema halls being shuttered, Tripathi has had several releases on the streaming platforms – Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl and Ludo (both Netflix), Kaagaz (Zee5) and the web shows Mirzapur (Amazon Prime) and Criminal Justice (Hotstar).    

Jaideep Ahlawat

In Full St(r)eam

Ajeeb Daastaans, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, Bard of Blood, Paatal Lok.

Jaideep Ahlawat

Jaideep Ahlawat, 41, after several cameos in films such as Khatta Meetha, Chittagong and Rockstar, rose to prominence with Anurag Kashyap’s two-part Gangs of Wasseypur. He also played key roles in the Shahrukh Khan starrer Raees, the action film Commando: One Man Army, Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam and Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi. In 2020-2021, Ahlawat, who learnt the ropes of acting at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, had as many as three releases on the streaming platforms – Khaali Peeli (ZeePlex), the Netflix anthology Ajeeb Daastaans and Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. He made his web series debut in the Netflix spy thriller Bard of Blood before hitting his straps with a role in the critically acclaimed Amazon Prime crime drama Paatal Lok. The series revolved around Ahlawat’s character, Hathiram Chaudhary, a jaded Delhi policeman who is entrusted with the investigation of a high-profile case.        

Swastika Mukherjee

Shining Star From Bengal

Paatal Lok, Black Widows

A relatively late bloomer on the pan-Indian scene, Swastika Mukherjee has been one of the most accomplished actresses working in Bengali cinema for well over a decade. Her credits include Anik Dutta’s Bhooter Bhabishyat, Srijit Mukherji’s Jaatishwar and Suman Mukhopadhyay’s Shesher Kobita. Although she had roles in the Hindi films Mumbai Cutting and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, it wasn’t until she played the mentally disturbed wife of a leading Delhi journalist in Paatal Lok (Amazon Prime) that she was catapulted into the national consciousness. She then appeared in a key role in Dil Bechara, which turned out to be Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film. In the same year as Paatal Lok, Swastika was cast in the Zee5 crime drama series Black Widows alongside Mona Singh and Shamita Shetty. She has also been in a slew of Bengali-language web shows, all of which are on the Hoichoi streaming service.    

Swastika Mukherjee

Huma Qureshi

Style And Substance

Leila, Maharani

Huma Qureshi

Another of the many actors who arrived on the scene riding on the two-part crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur, the hugely talented Huma Qureshi, 34, has since successfully diversified into a variety of movie genres. Endowed with the natural ability and intelligence, the actress has two major web shows behind her. The first, Leila, released on Netflix in 2019, was directed by Deepa Mehta, among others. The dystopian drama series had her in the title role. More recently, she played the lead in the SonyLIV political thriller Maharani, set in 1990s Bihar. Her film roles have straddled a wide range, from Abhishek Chaubey’s dark comedy Dedh Ishqiya, in which she shared screen space with Madhuri Dixit, and the legal satire Jolly LLB, opposite Akshay Kumar, to the Malayalam film White, a Mammootty starrer in which she played dual roles, and the Tamil-language Kaala, alongside Rajinikanth.        

Zoya Hussain

Silence & Spoken Lines

Grahan

Zoya Hussain

A relative newcomer, Zoya Hussain made a strong impression with her very first big-screen role. The film, Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017. Playing a mute woman who marries the pugilist-protagonist, the actress conveyed a range of emotions with the use of spoken lines. Zoya has also been in a few independent films such as Teen Aur Aadha and Namdev Bhau: In Search of Silence, both directed by Dar Gai. She played key roles in the Rana Daggubati trilingual Kaadan and Navdeep Singh’s period action-drama Laal Kaptaan, starring Saif Ali Khan as a late 18th century bounty hunter in the Bundelkhand region of northern India. In June 2021, Zoya’s maiden web show, Grahan, began streaming on Hotstar Specials. In the role of a police officer who stumbles upon a dark truth about her father’s involvement in the 1984 Sikh riots, she delivers an impressively restrained star turn.    

Rasika Dugal

Visible On Web

Mirzapur, Made in Heaven, Delhi Crime, Out of Love, OK Computer

Rasika Dugal

An actress who has steadily risen up the ladder, Rasika Dugal is one of India’s most visible stars on the web. She made her big-screen debut in 2007, with a role in Anwar and followed that up with appearances in films like Anurag Kashyap’s No Smoking, Santosh Sivan’s Tahaan, Ram Gopal Varma’s Agyaat and Aijaz Khan’s Hamid. Dugal’s finest hour came when she played one of the principal roles in Anup Singh’s critically lauded 2013 film Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost. It had her in the role of a girl who marries a woman who has been raised as a boy. In the web space, Dugal has had a steady stream of successes with shows such as Mirzapur and Made in Heaven (both Amazon Prime), Delhi Crime (Netflix), Out of Love and OK Computer (Disney+Hotstar) and A Suitable Boy, a Mira Nair-directed BBC One series that is available in India on Netflix. 

Sobhita Dhulipala

From Kashyap’s Workshop

Made in Heaven, Bard of Blood, Ghost Stories

Sobhita Dhulipala

Yet another screen performer who cut her teeth in an Anurag Kashyap film. That film, Raman Raghav 2.0, premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2016. Dhulipala had two subsequent Hindi releases in quick succession, Chef (2017) and Kaalakaandi (2018), but neither made much headway at the box office. The Tenali, Andhra Pradesh-born actress, 29, made her Telugu-language debut in the espionage thriller (Goodachari). Geetu Mohandas then cast Dhulipala in her Malayalam film Moothon (The Elder One). Anurag Kashyap, one of the producers of the film, penned the dialogues for the Hindi version of the film. Moothon premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019. That was the year that Dhulipala’s first web shows, Made in Heaven (Amazon Prime) and Bard of Blood (Netflix), made it to their respective streamers. Anurag Kashyap cast her in his segment of the Netflix horror anthology Ghost Stories.  

Rajesh Tailang

Seasoned Actor With Global Exposure

Delhi Crime, Mirzapur, Bandish Bandits

Rajesh Tailang

Rajesh Tailang is a seasoned actor with a body of work that has earned him substantial global exposure. He had lead roles in two films directed by Richie Mehta, Amal (2007) and Siddharth (2013). Both screened in the Toronto International Film Festival. Tailang was also in Prashant Nair’s Hindi dramedy Umrika, which premiered in the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. He played a supporting role in John Madden’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), so-starring Dev Patel, Dame Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Tailang’s early work in Hindi cinema was as a character actor in Govind Nihalani’s Hazaar Charasi Ki Maa, Dev and Thakshak and Ketan Mehta’s Mangal Pandey: The Rising. Richie Mehta gave Tailang a supporting role in Delhi Crime (Netflix). The actor has also essayed roles in other web shows, notably Mirzapur and Bandish Bandits (both Amazon Prime).    

Jitendra Kumar

From Big Screen To Web Shows

The Viral Fever (TVF) shows, Panchayat, Chaman Bahaar

Jitendra Kumar

IIT Kharagpur graduate Jitendra Kumar’s progression as an actor has not been from big-screen cinema to web shows. He has built his career around outings on the streaming platform. He featured in a series of The Viral Fever (TVF) shows – Permanent Roommates, TVF Pitchers, TVF Bachelors Season 2 and TVF Tripling, among others. The 2019 TVF web show Kota Factory and the 2020 Amazon Prime Video series Panchayat cemented his position in the industry. His performances in these shows brought Jitendra to the notice of Mumbai filmmakers. The Hindi films that he has been a part of include the Ayushmann Khurana starrer Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. One of his films, Chaman Bahaar, about a paan shop boy who falls in love with a schoolgirl who lives in a house opposite his shop, was released on Netflix.    

Kirti Kulhari

Chequered But Eventful Career

Four More Shots Please!, Bard of Blood, Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors

Sayani Gupta’s Four More Shots Please! co-star Kirti Kulhari, too, has had a chequered but eventful career, working her way through commercial Hindi films and then transitioning effortlessly into the web space. First noticed by Bollywood observers for her performance in Bejoy Nambiar’s Shaitaan, Kulhari went on to play meatier roles in films like Pink, co-starring Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar, in which she played the titular role, Mission Mangal and Uri: The Surgical Strike. After striking a rich vein of form in the two seasons of Four More Shots Please! (Amazon Prime) and the one-off series Bard of Blood (Netflix), Kulhari made a strong impression with a layered performance in the role of a victim of domestic abuse accused of murder in Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors (Hotstar Specials).    

Kirti Kulhari

Ali Fazal

Varied Acting Career

Mirzapur, Ray, Death on the Nile  

Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal has had a varied acting career that ranges from theatre and Hindi cinema on one hand to international projects, including major British and American ventures, on the other. He made his Bollywood debut with a small role in Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. His breakout performance was as an aspiring musician in the comedy Fukrey. He played one of the two lead roles in Stephen Frears’ Victoria & Abdul, opposite Dame Judi Dench, and had a special appearance in the Hollywood blockbuster Furious 7. Fazal has demonstrated his range as an actor in web shows. He plays the rough and ready goon Guddu in Amazon Prime’s Mirzapur, a series whose Season 3 is now in the works, and a ruthless corporate climber in the first segment of the recent Netflix anthology Ray. Fazal will be seen next in Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile.    

Sayani Gupta

Striking Fine Balance

Inside Edge, Four More Shots Please, Pagglait, Kaushiki

Sayani Gupta

Sayani Gupta, who has in her repertoire two successful Amazon Prime Video shows, Inside Edge and Four More Shots Please!, both of which have seen two seasons so far, has made steady progress on the back of a series of widely lauded supporting roles in Hindi cinema. She essayed a significant role in the recent Netflix release Pagglait. Her big-screen career took off with Shonali Bose’s Margarita with a Straw, which premiered in the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Another Sayani Gupta starrer, Bornila Chatterjee’s Titus Andronicus adaptation The Hungry, premiered in TIFF three years later. Her outings in commercial Hindi cinema include the Shahrukh Khan starrer Fan and Subhash Kapoor’s Akshay Kumar-spearheaded sequel to Jolly LLB. Sayani also played the eponymous character in the Indian thriller drama Kaushiki, which aired on the Hong Kong-based video streaming platform Viu.    

Mithila Palkar

Making It Big With Little Things

Girl in the City, Little Things

Mithila Palkar

Mumbai girl Mithila Palkar, who began her career in theatre, debuted in a supporting role as lead actor Imran Khan’s sister in the Hindi film Katti Batti. A Marathi version of Anna Kendrick’s Pitch Perfect ‘cup song’ made Palkar a social media sensation as the number went viral on YouTube. Debuting in the web space with Girl in the City in 2016, she gained wider acceptance with the show Little Things. The second and third seasons of Little Things premiered on Netflix, which bought the franchise. Palkar made her debut in Marathi cinema opposite Amey Wagh in Muramba. A lead role in the Hindi film Karwaan, starring Irrfan Khan and Dulquer Salmaan, followed. Actor-turned-director Renuka Shahane cast her in a key role in her first film as director, Tribhanga, headlined by Kajol.      

Abhishek Banerjee

Patience Pays Off

TVF Pitchers, Typewriter and Mirzapur, Paatal Lok

Abhishek Banerjee

Abhishek Banerjee did not find success easy to come by. Although he landed in Mumbai in his early 20s to be an actor, he had to bide his time. He however achieved fame as a casting director for Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, The Dirty Picture, No One Killed Jessica, Secret Superstar, Kalank, The Sky is Pink and Batla House, besides numerous other films and web shows, even as he continued to make brief on-screen appearances. He played a role in Devashish Makhija’s dark and disquieting Ajji. Then came a supporting role in Amar Kaushik’s horror-comedy Stree, starring Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi and Aparshakti Khurrana. He appeared in the web shows TVF Pitchers, Typewriter and Mirzapur. His career-defining performance was as the murderous Hathoda Tyagi in Amazon Prime’s Paatal Lok. Banerjee was also seen in the recent Netflix anthology Ajeeb Daastaans.    

Amit Sadh

Breathing Life Into Characters

Breathe, Avrodh: The Siege Within, Barot House, Operation Parindey, Yaara  

Amit Sadh

Like many of the actors who have hit paydirt amid the current web series boom, Amit Sadh began his career with a successful stint in television that spanned nearly a decade and a half. He worked his way up into mainstream Bollywood thanks to a well-received performance in 2013’s Kai Po Che. The actor has since played significant roles in the Salman Khan starrer Sultan, Sarkar 3, Gold and Super 30. In the web space, too, Sadh now has a significant presence. He played the no-nonsense Senior Inspector Kabir Sawant in both seasons of the Amazon Prime crime thriller Breathe. Season 1 had R Madhavan as the lead actor. In Season 2, titled Into the Shadows, Abhishek Bachchan stepped into the breach. Sadh played an army major in the SonyLIV military action series Avrodh: The Siege Within. He has also figured in the cast of three ZEE5 original films, Barot House, Operation Parindey and Yaara.

Radhika Apte

Poster Girl Of Web Shows

Lust Stories, Sacred Games, Ghoul, Raat Akeli Hai, OK Computer.  

Radhika Apte

If there is a poster girl of Indian web shows, it is Radhika Apte. Starting in theatre in Pune, she has had an exciting and eclectic acting career. Apte’s first lead role was in the Bengali film Antaheen (2009), co-starring Aparna Sen, Sharmila Tagore and Rahul Bose. She has since acted in his films across languages – her mother tongue Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali and English. In the web space, her output has been just as wide-ranging: the Netflix anthology film Lust Stories, the sweeping thriller series Sacred Games and the horror mini series Ghoul. In addition to working in both independent and commercial Indian cinema, Apte has played stellar roles in international films such as Michael Winterbottom’s The Wedding Guest and Lydia Dean Pilcher’s A Call to Spy. Her latest web appearances have been in the Netflix thriller Raat Akeli Hai and the Disney+Hotstar series OK Computer.  

Divyenndu

Ek Prem Katha With Acting

Mirzapur, Season 2 of Permanent Roommates

Divyenndu

Divyenndu, best known for his role in the Amazon Prime crime series Mirzapur, was born and raised in Delhi where he was involved in theatre before he made the move to Mumbai. After a small role in the Madhuri Dixit-starrer Aaja Nachle, Divyenndu featured in two romantic comedies that catapulted him into the limelight – Luv Ranjan’s Pyaar Ka Punchnama and David Dhawan’s Chashme Buddoor. His big screen acting career has been benefited from the two commercial films that director Shree Narayan Singh cast him in – Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, starring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar, and the social satire Batti Gul Meter Chalu, with Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor. His first foray in the web space was via a cameo in Season 2 of Permanent Roommates.    

Shweta Tripathi

Language Doesn’t Matter

Mirzapur, Made In Heaven, Raat Akeli Hai, The Illegal.

Shweta Tripathi

Delhi-born Shweta Tripathi is best known for her performances in Neeraj Ghaywan’s directorial debut Masaan (a film that premiered in Cannes) and the popular Amazon Prime web series Mirzapur, in which she plays the sprightly Golu Gupta. In a career that is barely a decade old, the actress has toted up an interesting line-up of films that includes her Tamil-language debut Mehandi Circus (2019) and the inventive sci-fi film Cargo, directed by Aarti Kadav and released on Netflix (2020). Her first screen role was in Trishna (2011), a UK-India co-production written and directed by Michael Winterbottom with Riz Ahmed and Freida Pinto as the leads. Last year, Tripathi had two other Netflix releases, Raat Akeli Hai, co-starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Danish Renzu’s Indo-American film The Illegal. Siddiqui was also her co-actor in the dark social drama Haraamkhor (2017). In 2019, the actress appeared in an episode of Amazon Prime’s Made in Heaven.    

Pratik Gandhi

Roots In Theatre

Scam 1992, Vitthal Teedi

Pratik Gandhi

The Surat-born Pratik Gandhi started his acting career in theatre and Gujarati cinema. After appearing in several plays, he hit the big time as a screen actor with the Gujarati film Wrong Side Raju (2016). It went on to win the National Award for the Best Gujarati Film. It wasn’t until Scam 1992 came out on SonyLIV that Gandhi became a nationally known name. The series has him in the role of Harshad Mehta, the stockbroker who masterminded one of India’s biggest-ever financial scandals. The series has catapulted the actor into Mumbai cinema orbit and he has begun to land roles in Hindi films. Gandhi has also played the lead role in the web series Vitthal Teedi, which was released on OHO Gujarati in early May. 

Shreya Dhanwanthary

Actor, Writer & Director

Family Man, Scam 1992, A Viral Wedding

Shreya Dhanwanthary

Hyderabad-born Shreya Dhanwanthary has two breakthrough web shows behind her. In The Family Man, top-lined by Manoj Bajpayee, she holds her as Zoya, a punctilious analyst in an anti-terrorism outfit. Playing another professional, a business journo this time around, in Scam 1992, a financial scandal web series directed by Hansal Mehta. Her performance as the real-life journalist Sucheta Dalal, has earned her positive reviews all around. Dhanwanthary made her big-screen debut in the Telugu-language film Josh (2009) starring Naga Chaitanya and Karthika, following it up with Sneha Geetham (2010). Her first Hindi film was Why Cheat India, co-starring Emraan Hashmi. The multi-talented actress wrote and directed A Viral Wedding, an Eros Now mini-series in which she also played the lead role. Loop Lapeta, the official Hindi remake of Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola Run, is scheduled to be Dhanwanthary’s next release.          

Akshay Oberoi

On A ‘High’

Selection Day, Flesh, High.        

Akshay Oberoi

New Jersey-born Akshay Oberoi has strong screen presence, which he presses into the service of every role that he plays, be it on the big screen or in a web show. When Oberoi moved to Indian armed with years of training in acting, jazz and ballet, he worked with Makarand Deshpande in Prithvi Theatre. He made his debut in Sooraj Barjatya’s Isi Life Mein. The film did not click but Oberoi was on his way. Isi Life Mein helped him prove that he had the chops to handle more challenging roles. He did just that in Gurgaon, a crime drama in which he plays the wayward son of a wealthy man with intelligence and a sense of balance. He also headed the cast of the horror film Pizza with panache. In the last few years, Oberoi has been seen in several web shows, including Selection Day (Netflix), Flesh (Eros Now) and High (MX Player).        

Maanvi Gagroo

Carving A Niche

TVF Pitcher, TVF Tripling, Permanent Roommates, Made in Heaven

Maanvi Gagroo

Maanvi Gagroo has surmounted entrenched body image barriers to carve a niche for herself in Hindi films and web shows. The Delhi-born actress appeared in web shows like TVF Pitcher, TVF Tripling, Permanent Roommates, and Made in Heaven before Four More Shots Please!. happened to her. In the breezy Amazon Prime series, which has had two successful seasons, Gagroo plays a girl who is a part of a quartet of spunky, self-willed women fighting male domination and gender biases. Gagroo’s big screen appearances have been in Ujda Chaman, a comedy which released in 2019, and the Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, a humour-laced drama about same-sex love. Her other films are PK, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, Aamras and the Hotstar movie Guy in the Sky.    

Shriya Pilgaonkar

Her Game Is On

Mirzapur, Beecham House, The Gone Game, Crackdown

Shriya Pilgaonkar

Mirzapur actress Shriya Pilgaonkar began her acting career in 2013 with the Marathi film Ekulti Ek. It was written and directed by her father Sachin Pilgaonkar, who also acted in the film along with his wife Supriya Pilgaonkar. Shriya’s performance in the film fetched her multiple accolades. She subsequently landed roles in two big films – Fan, produced by the YRF banner and starring Shahrukh Khan, and the Indo-French co-production Un Plus Une, directed by the Oscar-winning Claude Chabrol. In the French film, she played the role of an Indian dancer and actor. Besides Mirzapur, Shriya has been in Gurinder Chaddha’s British historical series Beecham House, set in India during the Mughal era, The Gone Game, shot entirely during the pandemic-induced lockdown, and Apoorva Lakhia’s spy thriller Crackdown (both for Voot).  

Sunny Hinduja

Rapid Strides In Digital Sphere

The Family Man Seasons 1 and 2, Bhaukaal, TVF’s Aspirants

Sunny Hinduja

Indore-born BITS Pilani graduate and FTII acting alumnus Sunny Hinduja began his career playing meaty roles in niche independent cinema, including his debut in the experimental Ballad of Rustom, directed by Ajita Suchitra Veera. In 2017, his collaboration with Pakistani filmmaker Shazia Ali Khan yielded the feature film Pinky Memsaab. The moderate success in the independent cinema space notwithstanding, Hinduja has made rapid strides in the digital sphere. The young actor has in recent years garnered widespread critical and audience appreciation for his roles in Bhaukaal, TVF’s Aspirants and Chacha Vidhayak Hai Hamare, in which he is cast as the main antagonist. Hinduja played Milind in The Family Man Seasons 1 and 2 (Amazon Prime Video).  

Vijay Varma

From Hyderabad To Cannes

Mirzapur, A Suitable Boy, OK Computer, She

Vijay Varma

Hyderabad-born Vijay Varma, who began as a theatre actor in his hometown and then trained in the Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India, was first noticed globally in Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout, which premiered in the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. The actor had another film in Cannes in 2018 – Nandita Das’s Manto, while Zoya Akhtar’s Gully, co-starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, premiered in Berlin in 2019. His career, however, had commenced a few years earlier with well-received roles in films like Chittagong and Pink. Most recently, Varma was seen in the Hotstar series OK Computer, which was preceded by Mira Nair’s BBC One series A Suitable Boy. The actor played a dual role in Mirzapur and a violent criminal in the Netflix series She. Two of Varma’s recent films – Banfaad and Yaara – went direct to the Zee5 streaming service.

Sharib Hashmi

Part Of Oscar Journey

The Family Man, Asur, Scam 1992, Pagglait    

Sharib Hashmi

Sharib Hashmi began his acting career with an uncredited appearance in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and a supporting role in Yash Chopra’s final film Jab Tak Hai Jaan, starring Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. He then played the main character in Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan, which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in 2012. Hashmi, whose fame now rests primarily on the Amazon Prime web show The Family Man, in which he plays the principal associate of the protagonist Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee). His filmography includes Vodka Diaries, Batti Gul Meter Chalu, Nakkash, Ujda Chaman, Ram Singh Charlie (a film he co-wrote and had a cameo in) and Pagglait, which Netflix released in March 2021. Hashmi has also appeared in the Voot Select series Asur and the SonyLIV show Scam 1992.    


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With Film Visa, Global Producers Can Now Shoot in India

admin   January 10, 2021

Now that the Government of India has opened business visas for overseas companies to travel into the country, global film producers and studios with Film Visa are exploring options to come and film in India. The aviation restrictions have been lifted for foregin business travellers and companies into India.

Already, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has announced guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for film shooting and media production in the country. Various State governments have also issued SOPs for film shooting in their respective States detailing dos and don’ts aligning with prevailing local Covid conditions.

Film Visa, a special category for foreign filmmakers, producers and crew members to shoot in India was introduced in 2017 on the initiation by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

Dilip Singh Rathore, India’s most successful Line Producer for leading Hollywood Studios and European filmmakers, confirmed to Pickle that global producers are “expediting the process” to film in India in the new scenario of opening business to overseas companies.

Rathore’s On the Road Productions was the line producer for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ (Produced by Warner Bros’) for filming portions of the movie in Mumbai.

“We are constantly getting calls over the last two days on filming in India,” says Rathore. “Interest in film in India is top in the radar of global producers. I am very optimistic that foreign film projects which were stalled in the beginning of the year will soon get activated.”

Italian filmmaker and producer Sergio Scapagnini is soon set to shoot in India for the new India-Italy co-produced film directed by Goutham Ghose. UK-based Collin Burrows of Film Treats Production is looking to film in India for forthcoming  projects. Late last year, Paramount Pictures had announced producing web series ‘The Bear’ for Apple TV to be shot in Madhya Pradesh. The Hollywood project was based on a bestseller novel by Gregory David Roberts ‘Shantaram’.

Business visits among global production houses are also likely to pick up in the coming days as India offers cost effective solutions for animation, VFX and gaming verticals of the Media and Entertainment industry. Major Indian production companies have strengthened their remote servicing capabilities in animation, VFX and digital intermediaries for collaboration. 

Film Facilitation Office (FFO), set up by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), is currently accepting online applications for foreign producers to shoot in India.

FFO which was set up with a view to promote and facilitate film shootings by foreign filmmakers in India has also been extended to Indian filmmakers as well.

In the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, Indian film locales have captured the attention of global producers and viewers. Mira Nair’s TV series ‘A Suitable Boy’, a six-episode, 349-minute long series, adapted from Vikram Seth’s classic novel, was extensively shot in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, India. It is currently streamed on Netflix across the world and BBC One (in UK and Ireland). Netlflix’s action thriller ‘Extraction’ starring Chris Hemsworth was filmed in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Netflix has revealed that ‘Extraction’ tops the list in its 10 most-watched original movies of all time, as of today.

Another leading line producer stated that in recent times Film Visas have streamlined foreign film shooting in India. “Quick visa clearances for the foreign crew is one of the reasons why more foreign filmmakers are coming to shoot in India. For shooting in India, foreign filmmakers have to get clearance from the I&B Ministry. The Ministry officials coordinate with the Indian embassies abroad, and help in getting visa clearances faster. “Over 118 international films have been shot in the last four years and the FFO has been offering all support to filmmakers to shoot in India.


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Ishaan Khatter looking ‘beyond clouds’ with promising upcoming projects

admin   August 18, 2020

Leaving his fans asking for more after his last film ‘Dhadak’, actor Ishaan Khatter is now gearing up for his next release ‘A Suitable Boy’, this time on the OTT platform. Directed by Mira Nair and based on Vikram Seth’s sweeping tale of four families set in the post-Partition era, the film will be streamed on Netflix.

Ishaan plays playsMaan, a politician’s son (Kapoor), smitten by a courtesan Saeeda Bai (Tabu). “‘A Suitable Boy’ has been an enriching experience and I’m ever so excited for people to see it. Maan is one of the most interesting characters I’ve read and portraying him on screen has been a delight,” Ishaan said in a statement.

Described as a panoramic tale charting the fortunes of four large families, the story is set in the North India of 1951, the same time the country was carving out its own identity as an independent nation and was about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election.

A Suitable Boy is among the 17 new films and series teased by Netlfix in their latest sizzle reel.

Other than A Suitable Boy, Khatter has romantic action thriller KhaaliPeeli with Ananya Pandey. After debuting with Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds, Ishaan made a mainstream foray with Dhadak. He has got another film in the pipeline, PhoneBhoot with Katrina Kaif and Siddhant Chaturvedi.

Besides, Ishaan is excited about another biggie in the kitty. Khatter is all set to play Brigadier Balaram Singh Mehta, who played an important part in the 1971 war against Pakistan that eventually led to the creation of Bangladesh. Titled Pippa, the upcoming movie is being produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Sidharth Roy Kapur while Raja Krishna Menon will don the director’s hat for the film based on Brigadier Mehta’s book, The Burning Chaffees.

Talking about the project, Ishaan tweeted, “I’m exhilarated to be a part of a film of such magnitude and importance, and getting a chance to play the role of the suave and spirited tank commander, Brig Mehta is a true privilege. I’m honoured by the faith shown in me by Ronnie sir, Siddharth sir and Raja sir and I’m looking forward to the exciting experience of Pippa.”

The two-film-old actor recently talked about being labelled as Shahid’s brother despite making a place for himself in the audience’s hearts. In an interview, he said that he understands the entire discourse but he doesn’t mind ‘being recognised as his (Shahid’s) brother.’

Ishaan added that he has got to learn a lot from his brother and he feels that he’s fortunate he could always have someone to share his experiences with and guide him in the industry. “I do not feel irked by the fact that I am often recognised as his brother. I came into the public eye at a young age of 15 and have been associated with him since then. That image has lived longer than the independent actor that I am now,” he said.

Talking about the film, Siddharth Roy Kapur said: “While the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 is widely documented, one of its less-known chapters is the covert operation that became the Battle of Garibpur, which played a significant part in India’s eventual victory. This is the war that is often heralded as the only ‘just war’ in history because it was fought to save human lives and free a nation.”

To this, Ronnie Screwvala added: “The story of the 45th Squadron led by Captain Balram Mehta is one that needs to be told to this generation. This film is a visual celebration of not only India’s valour but also the sharp strategy shown by us in 1971 along with our alliance with Bangladesh, all seen through the eyes of the Mehta family and their stirring internal and external conflicts.”


Toronto to Honor Anthony Hopkins, Chloe Zhao, and Mira Nair

admin   August 18, 2020

The Awards honour the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator

TIFF and Bell Media unveiled that television audiences can tune in to the 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards, to be broadcast on Tuesday, September 15 during the 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. Produced by Bell Media Studios, the first-ever one-hour broadcast will feature special messages from the honourees. The broadcast will be streamed to a global audience by Variety.

The TIFF Tribute Awards ceremony is an annual fundraiser to support both TIFF’s year-round programming and the organization’s core mission to transform the way people see the world through film. The Awards honour the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator.

“In what has been a challenging year for our global filmmaking community, we’re delighted to partner with Bell Media to unite cinemagoers across Canada, and around the world, to share in our love of film and celebrate the industry’s leading talent,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, TIFF.

Featuring incredible career retrospectives along with appearances by extraordinary talent, we’re thrilled to be working with the TIFF team to create the inaugural broadcast of the 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards for viewers in Canada and around the world,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media.

In making the announcement, TIFF revealed that Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins will receive a TIFF Tribute Actor Award; director Chloé Zhao will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award; and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair will be honoured with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media. TIFF previously announced Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet will receive a TIFF Tribute Actor Award.

Sir Anthony Hopkins

Vicente said Hopkins’ onscreen presence continues to captivate, entertain, and inspire audiences and actors alike: “Sir Anthony’s brilliant and compelling performance in Florian Zeller’s The Father affirms his position as a true acting legend.” With a career spanning over 60 years, Hopkins has starred in films including The Bounty, Howards End, Hitchcock, and the Thor series. He won an Academy Award for his role as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, and was nominated for four other Academy Awards for his roles in The Remains of the Day, Nixon, Amistad, and The Two Popes. In addition, he has won three BAFTAs and two Emmys, has been nominated for seven Golden Globe awards, and was honoured with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2006. Hopkins stars alongside Olivia Colman in Zeller’s The Father, about a man struggling with aging, which will screen at TIFF and be released by Sony Pictures Classics on November 20, 2020.

Chloé Zhao

Vicente said Zhao’s upcoming film Nomadland reminds us, particularly right now, that cinema has the power to connect us all no matter how far apart we might feel: “Chloé’s work consistently exemplifies her signature flair for authentic, humane, and emotionally intimate storytelling.”

Zhao was born in Beijing, China. She was raised there and also in Brighton, England. After moving to the US, she studied political Science at Mount Holyoke College and film production at NYU. Songs My Brothers Taught Me, her debut feature film as a writer, director, and producer, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival, receiving a nomination for the Caméra d’Or Award for best first feature. Her sophomore feature, The Rider, an impressionistic drama about a South Dakota cowboy, premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2017 and won the Art Cinema Award. The film went on to receive critical acclaim, with Zhao nominated for Best Director at the INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS and won Best Feature at the IFP Gotham Awards. Zhao’s upcoming film Nomadland, which explores the vast landscape of the American West, stars Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, and Charlene Swankie. The film will screen at TIFF and will be released by Searchlight Pictures this fall. Zhao’s other upcoming feature is The Eternals from Marvel Studios.

Mira Nair

Vicente said Nair’s brilliant adaptation of A Suitable Boy acts as a testament to her extraordinary talent for authentic storytelling. “Mira’s passion for creating impact through film and storytelling, coupled with her masterful cinematic style, extends far beyond the screen; and resonates through her deep commitment for talent development in the US, East Africa, and India.”

Nair is an Academy Award- and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker who has directed numerous films, including Mississippi Masala, the Venice Golden Lion-winning Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, and Queen of Katwe. Her first film, Salaam Bombay!, won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes in 1988, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and won the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language. She was awarded the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the Athena Film Festival, a Tribute at the IFP Gotham Awards, and a Muse Award from NYWIFT. Nair’s production company, Mirabai Films, specializes in creating films about the world, for the world. In 1998, Nair used the profits from Salaam Bombay! to create Salaam Baalak Trust, which works with street children in India, and in 2005, she established Maisha Film Lab in Kampala, Uganda, a non-profit training initiative for emerging East African filmmakers. In 2012, Nair was awarded the Padma Bhushan – India’s second-highest civilian honour – by the president of India. Nair’s six-part miniseries A Suitable Boy will screen at TIFF.

Last year the inaugural TIFF Tribute Gala celebrated the remarkable talents and contributions of Meryl Streep, Taika Waititi, Mati Diop, and Joaquin Phoenix, among others.


A Suitable Boy set to Shine In Netflix

admin   July 21, 2020

The six-part series tells the story of spirited university student, Lata, coming of age in Northern part of  India in 1951 at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election

A Suitable Boy, based on the critically acclaimed best-selling book by Vikram Seth, was shot by Lookout Point Production for BBC One and later bought by Netflix. It will be first seen on  BBC One  on  July 26 in the UK and available on Netflix globally except in the United States, Canada and China. A Suitable Boy will be available on Netflix in UK and Ireland 12 months after its release on BBC One.

It tells the story of spirited university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala) as she comes of age in North India in 1951, at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election.

Lata, who is averse to marriage, must choose between several suitors put forward by her mother. Set in the fictional Indian city of Brahmpur, relationships play out against the raw backdrop of early ’50s India; newly partitioned, violently divided, with Muslims brutally separated from Hindus and Sikhs.

Intertwined is the tale of a condemned love affair between a politician’s son, Maan, played by Khatter, and a courtesan, Saeeda Bai, played by Tabu. A series of exquisitely filmed weddings frame the tale, but it’s no fluffy period piece. Set in the aftermath of the Raj, when the British have exited, it is a historical TV drama set in India and transports the viewer to ’50s India

A Suitable Boy is adapted by Les Misérables and War & Peace writer Andrew Davies and the director is Mira Nair, the Golden Globe-nominated Monsoon Wedding helmer. It stars Bollywood leading man Ishaan Khatter, Indian screen star Tabu and rising actress Tanya Maniktala in the central role of Lata.

Says Mira Nair, “I am really honoured and terribly excited to make Vikram Seth’s great novel, which I’ve loved since it was published — A Suitable Boy. I’m very excited to be director of all six hours of A Suitable Boy. And it’s with 110 Indian actors: It’s a great opportunity to tell the story of independent India. Portions of A Suitable Boy was shot in Uttar Pradesh, India. 

She adds: “The casting is full of bounty and full of beauty. A Suitable Boy is an incredible canvas of very rich characters. Tabu plays Saeeda Bai, the courtesan based on Begum Akhtar. Randeep Hooda, my discovery from Monsoon Wedding, is this cool stud in Calcutta called Billy Irani. Shefali Shah, a wonderful actor, plays Roopa Mehra, the mother of the young woman, for whom she wants the suitable boy. Vivaan Shah plays this wastrel lout who turns good.”

Says Tabu, “Mira has the same energy that I had seen during The Namesake. I don’t think she has aged at all. Mira keeps collaborating with people whom she has worked with earlier. To be able to form such bonds in today’s world is a beautiful quality. She is like a rock who will never move. It’s always so wonderful reconnecting with Mira. Her quality of work is reassuring. You can submit yourself to her, knowing that she will create something magical.”

Damian Keogh, Managing Director of Lookout Point, said: “We’re hugely excited to be partnering with Netflix to bring A Suitable Boy to international audiences, hot on the heels of its UK debut on BBC One. This epic tale speaks of human truths of life, love and family amid a country in rapid transition – themes and experiences as relevant today as when they were written.”

Caroline Stone, Director of Independent Drama at BBC Studios said: “The demand for quality British drama is higher than ever globally so we are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix on this wonderful series to bring audiences around the world Vikram Seth’s literary classic reimagined with such colour and vigour. The talent on and off screen for A Suitable Boy are exceptional and have helped to make this a series of which we are very proud.”

Executive Producers are Andrew Davies, Mira Nair and Vikram Seth; Faith Penhale, Laura Lankester and Will Johnston for Lookout Point; Lydia Dean Pilcher and Aradhana Seth (who also produce); and Mona Qureshi and Ayela Butt for the BBC. BBC Studios distributes the series internationally.

Lookout Point, which is wholly owned by BBC Studios, is one of the UK’s leading producers of television drama, known for delivering highly authored series with scale, ambition, and global impact.

A SUITBALE BOY SNAPSHOT

1951. In a newly independent India, passionate literature student Lata Mehra (Tanya Maniktala) is looking towards her own future.

Her mother Rupa (Mahira Kakkar) has successfully arranged the marriage of her eldest daughter Savita (Rasika Dugal) to Pran Kapoor (Gagandeep Singh Riar), a university lecturer. Now Rupa has her sights set on her spirited younger daughter but Lata wants to make her own way in the world. She isn’t interested in romance but her resolve is challenged when she starts to fall for a mysterious fellow student, Kabir Durrani (Danesh Razvi).

Pran’s brother is the charming but directionless Maan Kapoor (Ishaan Khatter), who becomes bewitched by the singer and courtesan, Saeeda Bai (Tabu). Maan is a worry to his father, the progressive Revenue Minister Mahesh Kapoor (Ram Kapoor), who can’t let anything unbalance his political career at a crucial moment.

As religious tensions mount between Muslims and Hindus in the wake of Partition, India’s first national democratic election approaches.


Super 17 From Netflix

admin   July 21, 2020

Exciting times are in for Netizens, as Netflix has announced the biggest release schedule of 2020 in India. Seventeen original titles. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming originals and films

Netflix has announced an interesting lineup of 17 original stories, including six new films and two new series. From thrillers to romantic comedies to lighthearted dramas, this diverse collection will launch on Netflix in the coming months.

According to Monika Shergill, Vice President-Content, Netflix India, “We are excited to share our lineup of stories across formats and multiple genres. We know our members have unique tastes, moods and needs – sometimes, they want to lean back and watch a delightful comedy, and at other times, they want a pulsepounding thriller that brings them to the edge of their seats. We are so proud to bring these diverse stories created by acclaimed and emerging storytellers and producing partners. Together with the finest stories from around the world and our rapidly growing selection of licensed titles, we want to give our members something to discover and love on Netflix every day.”

The six new additions to Netflix films include – Ludo, Torbaaz, Raat Akeli Hai, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, Ginny Weds Sunny and Bombay Rose. These stories join the upcoming slate of Netflix films which include the inspiring true story of Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Tribhanga – Tedhi Medhi Crazy, Kaali Khuhi, Serious Men, Class Of ’83 and AK vs AK. The two series are Mismatched and A Suitable Boy. They join the lineup of upcoming series including the delightful Masaba Masaba, Bombay Begums and Bhaag
Beanie Bhaag.

LUDO

It is a dark comedy featuring Abhishek alongside Rajkummar Rao, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Asha Negi and Pankaj Tripathi. It plays on one key theme: Nothing’s ever a coincidence and is expected to us a dark and comical ride.

TORBAZZ

An action-packed film starring Sanjay Dutt in the lead role, Torbazz uses cricket as a medium to help transform the lives of a group of children at a refugee camp. According to Dutt, the film highlights his character’s rise form personal tragedy as well.

RAAT AKELI HAI

Raat Akeli Hai is a mystery-thriller that will pair Radhika Apte opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the lead character, Jatil Yadav, tries to uncover what happened one fateful night.

DOLLY KITTY AUR WOH CHAMAKTE SITARE

It is a satire film by Alankrita Shrivastava, featuring Konkona Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar in lead roles and Vikrant Massey and Amol Parashar in prominent roles opposite the actors. According to Pednekar, it is a charming story of womanhood, sisterhood, and everything in between.

GINNY WEDS SUNNY

Ginny Weds Sunny, a rom-com, features Yami Gautam and Vikrant Massey. It follows the actors’ unusual love story, one that’s perpetrated by her mother. A matchmaker by profession, she introduces the two, and even helps Massey’s character get on her daughter’s good side. But as all Hindi rom-coms go, expect a hidden twist in this tale as well.

BOMBAY ROSE

It is the first Indian animation film ever selected to open Venice Critics’ Week. It unfolds the story of a flower seller falling in love in the filmy style you only expect to see in Hindi movies.

GUNJAN SAXENA: THE KARGIL GIRL

It is a biopic based on the life of Gunjan Saxena, the first Indian woman to pilot a Cheetah Helicopter during the Kargil War in 1999. Bankrolled by Dharma Productions and Zee Studios, the film features Jahnvi Kapoor as Gunjan Saxena and portrays Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi, Manav Vij and Viineet Kumar Singh in pivotal roles.

TRIBHANGA – TEDHI MEDHI CRAZY

This film, starring Kajol, Tanvi Azmi and Mithila Palkar in the lead roles, will chart the hectic lives of their characters: Nayan, Anu and Masha. The title of which is inspired by Tribhanga, an Odissi dance pose that is asymmetrical, yet mesmerising to watch, much like what the film promises to be.

KAALI KHUHI

Shivangi, a 10-year-old girl, embarks on a mission to save her family’s village in Punjab from the restless ghosts of its horrific past. The film stars Shabana Azmi, Satyadeep Mishra, Sanjeeda Sheikh and Riva Arora in lead roles.

SERIOUS MEN

Serious Men, a film directed by Sudhir Mishra with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role, deals with this unique ideaWhat happens when you con the entire world into believing that your son is a genius? According to Netflix, Siddiqui’s character is tormented with his ‘underprivileged’ societal status and hatches a master plan to earn a quick buck, only it backfires and how.

CLASS OF ‘83

Class of ‘83 stars Bobby Deol in the lead role of Dean Vijay Singh, a cop-turned-educator whose students grapple with the complexities of being in the force and devotion to the nation. Notably, the film produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment and directed by Atul Sabharwal is based on the book The Class of 83 by Sayyed Yunus Hussain Zaidi.

AK VS AK

A dark comedy, AK vs AK features Anurag Kashyap and Anil Kapoor in the lead roles. The plot revolves around the eccentric tale of how a director (Kashyap) kidnaps the daughter of a movie star and films the star’s (Kapoor) desperate search for his daughter in realtime as his next blockbuster.

MISMATCHED

This series stars one of YouTube’s biggest sensations, Prajakta Kohli with The Sky Is Pink’s Rohit Saraf. It is tipped to be a young-adult romance series that’ll take us through the ups and downs of their equation.

A SUITABLE BOY

Tabu and Ishaan Khatter play lead roles in Mira Nair’s TV adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy. The show will unfold the story of Maan and Saeeda and a love that’s not barred by traditional norms of society.

MASABA MASABA

It is a scripted series based on real-life moments from Masaba Gupta’s life, her unique background, the diverse worlds she straddles across fashion and family, and her foray back into the dating world.

BOMBAY BEGUMS

In Bombay Begums, a fictional series, five women across generations wrestle with desire, ethics, personal crises and vulnerabilities to own their ambition, in contemporary urban India. It will follow each woman’s journey to find her own truth.

BHAAG BEANIE BHAAG

It is a comedy series that will follow the life of Beanie, a young girl, who decides to run from her very comfortable life and pursue a career in stand-up comedy. While navigating the demands of everyone from her concerned parents to her proposal-popping boyfriend.