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New stock of Bollywood movies head for Netflix release

Mumbai, July 16 (IANS) The Abhishek Bachchan-starrer “Ludo”, “Torbaaz” starring Sanjay Dutt, “Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare” featuring Bhumi Pednekar, the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer “Raat Akeli Hai” are among the new stock of Bollywood projects that have been confirmed for direct-to-OTT release in the coming months.

These films are among a 17-strong lineup Netflix confirmed on Thursday, including six new films and two new series, which range from thrillers to romantic comedies to light-hearted dramas. It also includes director Mira Nair’s show “A Suitable Boy”, featuring Ishaan Khatter and Tabu.

Anurag Basu’s multistarrer “Ludo”, also featuring Rajkummar Rao, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra, is a dark comedy drama is about four people whose lives collide, while Girish Malik’s “Torbaaz” is an emotional story of transformation. The Honey Trehan-directed “Raat Akeli Hai” co-stars Radhika Apte and is a crime thriller, while Alankrita Shrivastava’s “Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare”, also featuring Konkona Sen Sharma, described as a satire about two cousins and their quest for freedom.

There’s also the rom-com “Ginny Weds Sunny”, starring Yami Gautam and Vikrant Massey, and the award-winning animated romance, “Bombay Rose”.

There’s also a horror story set in a village in Punjab titled “Kaali Khuhi”, featuring Shabana Azmi, Satyadeep Mishra, Sanjeeda Sheikh and Riva Arora. “Serious Men”, a witty drama based on Manu Joseph’s novel, will star Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nassar and Shweta Basu Prasad.

The OTT platform has also previously announced “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl”, starring Janhvi Kapoor and a dysfunctional family drama “Tribhanga” featuring Kajol, Tanvi Azmi and Mithila Palkar. The police drama “Class Of ’83”, featuring Bobby Deol and a dark comedy, “AK Vs AK”, featuring Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap, are also lined up.

That apart, there are two series — a young adult romance “Mismatched”, starring Prajakta Koli and Rohit Saraf; besides “A Suitable Boy”, based on Vikram Seth’s critically acclaimed book, and to be available on the streaming platform globally except in the US and Canada.

Shows in the lineup include “Masaba Masaba”, featuring Masaba Gupta and Neena Gupta and Neil Bhoopalam.

There is also the contemporary drama “Bombay Begums”, featuring Pooja Bhatt, Amruta Subhash, Shahana Goswami, Plabita Borthakur and Aadhya Anand, and a dramedy “Bhaag Beanie Bhaag”, which was earlier titled “Messy”, starring Swara Bhasker, Ravi Patel, Dolly Singh and Varun Thakur.

“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,” said Monika Shergill of the streaming platform.

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