Netflix is making a show in India based on the book 'Sacred Games'
The arrival of Indian talent on a screen near you continues. Following Bollywood star/former Miss World Priyanka Chopra's arrival on ABC's Quantico, Netflix is shooting a show in India in a collaboration with Phantom Films.
The show is based on the 2006 novel Sacred Games by Indian author Vikram Chandra, which is basically a bunch of character snippets set across Mumbai, especially focused on the links between "organized crime, local politics and Indian espionage." The Hindi-English (or as I call it Hinglish) show will be distributed on Netflix worldwide.
Founded by celebrated directors including Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur), Phantom Films has produced critically acclaimed hits in India like Lootera and Queen. (In case you're wondering, GoW and Queen are available on Netflix.) But most recently Phantom has had one of its movies in a serious tangle with India's Censor Board. The board reportedly asked that the movie Udta Punjab, about drug problems in the state of Punjab, not actually mention Punjab or its government at all, sparking a huge backlash. A court ruled in favor of the film and reversed the censor board's request for 89 cuts, and now the movie is now set to release Friday. (You'll probably be able to catch it in Tampa at AMC Veterans 24.)
Thankfully, Phantom probably won't run into that sort of trouble at Netflix.