Streaming behemoth Amazon Prime Video India has announced seven shows that will soon join its Indian content library.
The list consists of Dilli, Bandish Bandits, Paatal Lok, Gormint, Mumbai Diaries-26/11, The Last Hour and Sons of Soil- Jaipur Pink Panthers. There’s not much information on most of the series, except Bandish Bandits and Gormint.
First announced last year, Bandish Bandits is the story of a classical singer and a pop star as they “set out together on a journey of self-discovery to see if opposites, though they might attract, can also adapt and go the long haul”.
Directed by Anand Tiwari, who also helmed Love Per Square Foot, the music will be produced by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
The political satire Gormint has been in the works for years now. Originally to be written by AIB’s Gursimran Khamba, the rise of #MeToo movement in India saw him removed following allegations of sexual harassment.
The show was supposed to star Irrfan Khan as the lead, but he exited after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour and need for surgery. He was replaced by Arshad Warsi but the whole project was shelved indefinitely, until now.
All seven shows were announced at a recent Amazon Prime Video India event which saw the boss Jeff Bezos himself coming down to India.
He was joined by big names from the Bollywood film industry, including Shah Rukh Khan and Zoya Akhtar, who ironically have tie-ups with Prime Video’s biggest rival Netflix.
Bezos said in a statement:
”This is one of those businesses which really takes human ingenuity… I want Amazon Studios to be all over the world… When you look at TV series today, they are really good in terms of quality. They’re as good as the very best movies have ever been. And now we’re getting the best storytellers and actors to come and do TV.”
Adding that Prime Video is doing better in India than anywhere else, he revealed his intention of doubling investment in the country.