Netflix teams up with Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap and Aditya Motwane for original films


Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap & Aditya Motwane
Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap & Aditya Motwane

Netflix, the leading streaming media giant in the world, has announced three new original feature films from India. It has roped in such popular Indian filmmakers as Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap and Aditya Motwane to helm its forthcoming projects.

Dharma Productions’ head honcho Karan Johar, who most recently directed a segment in the Netflix omnibus series Ghost Stories, has come onboard to bankroll yet another anthology film for the streamer. Titled The Other, the four-part anthology series focuses on the various complexities of relationships.

 

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KJo will produce the series under Dharmatic Entertainment, the digital content arm of Dharma Productions. Each segment of the four-part anthology series will be directed by different directors who are yet to be finalized. As far as the cast is concerned, Shefali Shah, Manav Kaul, Nusrat Bharucha, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Jaideep Ahlawat have been locked.

“An anthology allows us to bring together diverse creative minds to showcase different facets of the same concept in a unique manner, and Netflix presents these beautifully,” Johar said in a statement. “The Other is one such film that delves into the various complexities of human relationships. Each director will bring their unique vision to the table, amalgamating in a piece that many viewers across the world will definitely resonate with.”

 

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Coming to Anurag Kashyap, his project has been titled Choked. It revolves around a bank cashier whose life changes when she finds an almost unlimited source of money in her kitchen. Saiyami Kher and Roshan Mathew have been signed on to headline the film. Kashyap said in a statement: “I have found a home in Netflix and with every project, I do with them, I feel like I am able to push my creative boundaries a little more. Choked is unlike anything I have done before, much like all my outings with Netflix, and is a story that, I believe will appeal to a varied audience.”

Sacred Games fame Vikramaditya Motwane directs AK vs AK in which a filmmaker kidnaps the daughter of a film star, and while the star searches for his daughter the director films the desperate search in real time for his next blockbuster movie. Anurag Kashyap and Anil Kapoor will play the lead roles in the film.

 

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“As you can tell, the whole thing is going to feel meta, with Kashyap and Kapoor no doubt playing the brash director and the star, respectively. Their initials are in the title, after all. AK vs AK has an extremely, unique and gripping storyline and Netflix is the perfect platform for it because of their organic disposition to take creative leaps of faith and constantly push the envelope every single time,” Motwane said in a statement.

All three films are scheduled to release in 2020.