Discovery Communications India ventured into Hindi television space (fiction) with the launch of General Entertainment Channel, Discovery JEET. When the channel came into being, it promised to air five hours of original content on a daily basis.
However, things did not go as planned because the channel could not garner enough numbers and, finally, it stopped airing original programming within three months of its operations in the business.
The latest we hear that the channel has decided to give the streaming rights of its flagship series 21 Sarfarosh – Saragarhi 1897 to streaming media giant Netflix. Starring Mohit Raina and Mukul Dev in principal roles, the series was launched with much fanfare and caught many people’s eyeballs.
For the uninitiated, 21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897 was based on the real-life story of 21 soldiers of 36th Sikh regiment of the British Indian Army which defended an army outpost at Saragarhi in the North-West Frontier Province against an onslaught by over 10,000 Pashtun and Orakzai tribals in September 1897.
Bankrolled by Abhimanyu Singh’s Contiloe Pictures Private Limited, 21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897 will start streaming on Netflix from 1st December.