Netflix's First Production Set Entirely In India Will Be An Adaptation Of The Acclaimed Novel 'Sacred Games'

06/06/2016 1:29 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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FRANKFURT/MAIN, GERMANY: Indian author Vikram Chandra discusses his work on the set of a German TV channel at the Frankfurt Book Fair 05 October 2006. The Fair has brought together a record 7,272 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, and is spotlighting India this year as its guest country with a packed program of readings and debates. AFP PHOTO JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

On Monday, Netflix Inc. announced a new original series they will be producing that'll be set completely in India: Mumbai, to be precise.

The upcoming series is an adaptation of Vikram Chandra's popular 2006 novel Sacred Games, which delves into the city's interconnected web of crime, politics, and espionage, underneath the facade of India's glittering economic miracle. It will be in Hindi and English.

“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,” commented Mr. Chandra, in a press release. “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."

The first Netflix series to be shot almost completely on location in India, it is being produced in partnership with Mumbai-based production house Phantom Films (Queen, NH10, Masaan). “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, in the press release.

The series, upon completion, will be available to Netflix's global subscriber base, which in April was pegged at a staggering 81 million people.

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