Netflix has greenlit its first original production to be produced in India, a Hindi-English series based on the critically-acclaimed best-selling novel “Sacred Games” by Vikram Chandra.
Set in Mumbai, “Sacred Games” explores into the intricate web of organized crime, corruption, politics and espionage that lie beneath India’s economic renaissance. Produced in partnership with leading India production house Phantom Films, it will be available globally on the streaming service.
Founded in 2011 by directors Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, Phantom Films has already produced ten projects, including the films “Lootera,” “Hasee toh Phasee,” “Queen,” “Ugly,” “NH10, “Bombay Velvet” and “Masaan,” the latter of which won the Fipresci Award in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2015. Its upcoming film “Raman Raghav 2.0” was screened at Director’s Fortnight at Cannes in May, and it has another feature, “Udta Punjab,” scheduled to be released worldwide this month. Phantom has also partnered with Blumhouse Productions and Ivanhoe Pictures to produce multiple horror films for the global market.
Netflix’s order for “Sacred Games” is the latest move in the streaming giant’s aggressive push to produce content locally around the globe. Last month, it announced “Enda,” its first series to be produced in Argentina. It has also ordered locally-produced series from other countries including France (“Marseille”), Spain (an untitled show from Madrid-based Bambú Producciones) and Brazil (“3%”).