Amazon Prime Video India: Here’s The Exciting Line-Up Of Original Indian Series Set To Release On The Platform
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Amazon finally launched its much-awaited Prime Video service in India on Wednesday (Dec 14). And while the service offers its users a wide range of Hollywood and other international movies and shows, what’s really exciting is the exceptional line-up of Indian original web series slated to release and stream on the platform.
“After the US and Japan, India is a focus market in terms of content creation,” said James Farrell – head of content, Asia-Pacific, Amazon Prime and Amazon Studios, in a statement.
“While preparing for the launch, we realised that while there is an appetite for international library and original content (already available on Prime Video), Indian viewers also have an appetite for good local content. So, we went ahead and collaborated with a range of Indian talent to create the original shows.”
To kick off its India launch, Amazon has planned 17 Indian original shows that vary from drama, comedy, psychological thriller, biopic, mythological, sports drama and political satire. Some of the new shows and creators associated with them include:
Bodhidharma: Master of Shaolin | Equinox Features | Ram Madhvani, Prasoon Joshi and Sunil Doshi.
Breathe | Abundantia Entertainment | Vikram Malhotra, starring R Madhvan and Amit Sadh.
The Ministry | AIB and OML.
Powerplay |Excel Media & Entertainment | Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar starring Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha and others.
Mirzapur | Excel Media & Entertainment | Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar.
Stardust | Phantom Films| Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena, Anurag Kashyap and Vikas Bahl.
The Family Man | D2R Films | DK Krishna and Raj Nidimoru.
Vishpuri | Big Synergy | Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap and Madhu Mantena.
Made in Heaven | Excel Media & Entertainment | Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti.
Additionally, Amazon has also announced collaborations with authors, producers, writers and directors to develop several new series currently untitled. The list includes:
- Sujoy Ghosh and Hyunwoo Tomas Kim (Kross Pictures India).
- Ali Abbas Zafar, Himanshu Kishan Mehra, Sanjeev Gupta (Offside Entertainment).
- Rajat Arora (Funk Ur Blues).
- Karnesh Sharma and Anushka Sharma (Clean Slate Productions) and Navdeep Singh, Sudip Sharma, Tarun Tejpal, Raj Kumar Gupta (Raapchik Films).
- Pritish, Rangita and Ishita Nandy (Pritish Nandy Productions).
- Amit Kumar and Asif Kapadia (Fission Features).
- Aaradhana Bhola, Vidyuth Bhandary Tony and Diya Singh (Freemantle Media).
- Amritpal Singh Bindra and Anand Tiwari (Still & Still Moving Pictures).
Amazon has also tied up with several Indian and international studios including Yash Raj Films, Dharma Productions, T-Series, Warner, Paramount, CBS and many more to release popular movies and TV shows exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
Several Bollywood players and creators who have partnered with Amazon to develop original content took to Twitter yesterday and teased their upcoming projects. Here’s what some of them posted:
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) December 14, 2016
— Baahubali (@BaahubaliMovie) December 14, 2016
— RichaChadha (@RichaChadha_) December 14, 2016
— SnG Comedy (@SnGComedyIN) December 14, 2016
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) December 14, 2016
— Abundantia (@Abundantia_Ent) December 14, 2016
— Kanan Gill (@KananGill) December 14, 2016
— Biswa Kalyan Rath (@kalyanrath) December 14, 2016
— All India Bakchod (@AllIndiaBakchod) December 14, 2016
The Amazon Prime Video app is available on both Android and iOS. The subscription fee for the service is Rs 499 a year – as an introductory offer, and includes a month’s free trial.