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Ludo, Raat Akeli Hai, A Suitable Boy head to Netflix, part of 17 titles to premiere in coming months

The streaming platform’s lineup includes six new films, including Torbaaz and two new series, including Mismatched, adapted from from Sandhya Menon’s book.

Sonal Pandya

After Amazon Prime and Disney+ Hotstar, it’s now Netflix’s turn to announce its upcoming slate of films and series for the second half of 2020. With theatres still shuttered in most parts of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several new titles will make their digital premieres on the OTT platform. In all, 17 titles will make their way to the streaming platform in the coming months.

In a press release, Monika Shergill of Netflix India shared, “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 pulse-pounding 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 films making their digital premieres are Ludo (2020), Torbaaz (2020), Raat Akeli Hai (2020), Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (2020), Ginny Weds Sunny (2020) and Bombay Rose (2020).

Anurag Basu’s Ludo (2020), a comedy drama, stars Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Aditya Roy Kapur, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Pankaj Tripathi and Pearle Maaney, while Torbaaz, an emotional drama filmed in Kyrgyzstan, stars Sanjay Dutt.

Casting director Honey Trehaan makes his directorial debut with the thriller Raat Akeli Hai starring  Radhika Apte, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia, and Shweta Tripathi. Konkana Sensharma and Bhumi Pednekar headline Alankrita Shrivastava’s Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare as cousins reclaiming their lives. In the rom-com Ginny Weds Sunny, actress Yami Gautam is paired with Vikrant Massey, while Gitanajali Rao’s award-winning animated film Bombay Rose, a film festival darling, finds it way online as well.

These films join the previously announced titles for Netflix, including the biopic Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl starring Janhvi Kapoor, Tribhanga - Tedhi Medhi Crazy starring Kajol, Tanvi Azmi and Mithila Palkar, the drama Serious Men starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, police drama Class Of ’83 starring Bobby Deol and Vikramaditya Motwane’s dark comedy AK vs AK starring Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap. Kaali Khuhi, a horror story set in in Punjab stars Shabana Azmi, Satyadeep Mishra, Sanjeeda Sheikh and Riva Arora.

Netflix has also acquired the six-part BBC series, A Suitable Boy starring Tanya Maniktala, Ishaan Khatter, Tabu, Rasika Dugal, and Ram Kapoor. Directed by Mira Nair, the adaption of Vikram Seth’s novel is set to begin airing in the UK on 26 July. It is unclear when it will begin airing in India.

Another series Mismatched, starring Prajakta Koli and Rohit Saraf, is an adaptation of Sandhya Menon’s young adult romance When Dimple Met Rishi. Other series which were announced were Masaba Masaba, a docu-series starring fashion designer Masaba Gupta with her actress mother Neena, and actor Neil Bhoopalam, the drama Bombay Begums starring Pooja Bhatt, Amruta Subhash and Shahana Goswami, and the Swara Bhasker-starrer Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, which was earlier titled Messy.

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