The global on-demand video streaming service, Netflix has announced India’s first original series to be based on Vikram Chandra’s critically acclaimed Sacred Games. And what's more exciting? The series will be produced by Anurag Kashyap's Phantom Films.
Set in a 19th century backdrop, Chandra’s Sacred Games is a gangster detective thriller, which forms an interesting spin on the changing scenario of contemporary India. Bagging several awards like the 2006 Vodafone Crossword Book Award, the novel earned Chandra a million dollar advance from publisher HarperCollins. However, the book was not a financial success.
Factor Daily describes the theme as organised crime, corruption, politics and espionage that lie beneath India's economic renaissance.
"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,” said Vikram 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. I'm thrilled to be working with Netflix and Phantom Films,” he added.
Coming as a pleasant surprise to the Indian binge-watching community, Netlfix was launched in the country back in January this year, allowing subscribers to catch films or TV shows for a fee as low as Rs 500 per month.