Netflix has announced its first original Indian-based series, Sacred Games based on the novel by author Vikram Chandra (pictured).
Set in Mumbai, the story delves into the city’s web of organised crime, corruption, politics and espionage. It is described as an epic masterwork of exceptional richness and power that interweaves the lives of the privileged, the famous, the wretched and the bloodthirsty.
Shot on location in India in Hindi and English, it will be produced in partnership with Phantom Films, one of India’s leading production houses.
“Over the last few years, I’ve watched with great excitement and pleasure as Netflix has transformed narrative television with its ground-breaking, genre-bending shows,” Chandra said. “I’m confident that all the colour and vitality and music of the fictional world I’ve lived with for so long will come fully alive on the large-scale canvas provided by Netflix. I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix and Phantom Films.”
“We are very happy to start this journey with Netflix by producing Vikram’s outstanding story, set in Mumbai ” said Madhu Mantena of Phantom Films. “And we are extremely confident that, together we will create some exciting and groundbreaking Television content from hereon.”
“We are delighted to partner with creative powerhouse, Phantom Films, to bring Vikram Chandra’s epic novel to life with the best Indian and global film talent available today,” said Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series at Netflix.
“Sacred Games reinforces our commitment to bring the authenticity of local stories to Netflix members across 190 countries worldwide.”