Netflix, in partnership with Phantom Films, to produce Indian original series

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Digital | June 06, 2016
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The series is based on Indian author Vikram Chandra's novel 'Sacred Games'.

Netflix, an OTT (Over-The-Top) network, recently announced a new Netflix original series based on the critically-acclaimed novel 'Sacred Games' by Indian author Vikram Chandra. Shot on location in India, this Hindi-English series will be produced in partnership with Phantom Films, a Mumbai-based film production house, and upon completion, will be available to Netflix members globally.

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Set in Mumbai, 'Sacred Games' delves into the city's intricate web of organised crime, corruption, politics, and espionage that lie beneath India's economic renaissance. It is an epic masterwork of richness and power that interweaves the lives of the privileged, the famous, the wretched, and the bloodthirsty.

"Over the last few years, I have watched with great excitement and pleasure as Netflix has transformed narrative television with its ground-breaking, genre-bending shows," says Chandra in a press release.

He further adds, "I am confident that all the colour, vitality, and music of the fictional world I have lived with for so long will come fully alive on the large-scale canvas provided by Netflix. I am thrilled to be working with Netflix and Phantom Films."

Commenting on the development, Madhu Mantena, a producer from Phantom Films, says, "We are happy to start this journey with Netflix by producing (Vikram) Chandra's outstanding story, which is set in Mumbai. We are confident that we will together create some exciting and ground-breaking television content henceforth."

Erik Barmack, vice-president of the international original series at Netflix, says in a press release, "We are delighted to partner with the creative powerhouse Phantom Films, to bring Chandra's epic novel to life with the best Indian and global film talent available today."

He further adds, "Sacred Games reinforces our commitment to bring the authenticity of local stories to Netflix members across 190 countries worldwide."

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