Reliance Entertainment joins forces with the best creative minds to produce 2023’s most binge-worthy web series – Beyond Bollywood
The Studio has produced 13 shows in five years, additionally 10 shows green lit for development and four shows are in-production.
By Our Correspondent
Reliance Entertainment, entered the streaming services segment in 2018, after producing a plethora of films across various languages and genres. The studio ever since has also made waves in the streaming services content creation space.
It all started with a range of shows like Bose Dead/Alive, Sacred Games, Ghoul among a host of other fiction and nonfiction projects. Sacred Games was India’s first Netflix original series and a major global breakaway show, that went on to win 29 awards across the globe, released in 191 countries and subtitled in over 20 languages.
Black Widows an adaptation of a dark comic thriller from Finland, premiered on Zee5 in Dec 2020. Sunflower, an original web-series, in the quirky murder mystery space streamed the following year also on Zee5.
Masoom, a thrilling family drama premiered on Disney Hotstar in 2022. Dr Arora a slice of life dramedy was also shown on Sony Liv last year.
In the unscripted space released series include Family Tandoncies a comedy special on Netflix starring famous comedian Amit Tandon, Teacher’s Genuine Stories on Viu, a Malayalam adaption of the American Game show Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? on Surya TV, among others.
Sweta Agnihotri, CEO, Content Syndication, explains, “Reliance Entertainment has produced shows in a variety of genres and forms, including fiction and non-fiction. The very skilled in-house content drivers continue to offer outstanding material to global audiences across several languages. Creative collaborations with industry heavyweights such as Rohit Shetty, Imtiaz Ali, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and others have resulted in ground-breaking content across platforms.”
Going forward in 2023, Amazon Prime will showcase Rohit Shetty and Reliance Entertainment’s high-octane action show, Indian Police Force, which is a story of the life and journey of a Delhi Police Special Cell Officer. Siddharth Malhotra plays the lead here.
The next tent-pole with Amazon Prime is Vikramaditya Motwane’s Jubilee, a show that explores the stories and dreams that gave birth to Bollywood. The series is currently being post-produced for a mega premier in 2023.
The sequel to the critically acclaimed 2021 quirky murder mystery, Sunflower, on Zee5, directed by Vikas Bahl and starring Sunil Grover, is also in its pre-production stage.
Vivek B. Agrawal, Producer, Reliance Entertainment adds, “Reliance Entertainment strives to continue working with some of the most creative minds in the business, in India and across the globe. Catering to the evolving needs of audiences worldwide keeps them striving to make clutter-breaking content across platforms, languages, and genres. The endeavor is to continue creating quality content, be it for theatrical releases or streaming services and contribute to the India story.”
Further in 2023, Reliance Entertainment has a basket of intriguing shows in collaboration with some of the best creative minds in the business. Acclaimed film maker Milan Luthria brings his A game to the series space with an action-packed entertaining series. The show is in post-production currently and will land in 2023.
Adding to the wealth of content, are shows in the offing from film makers like Tigmanshu Dhulia and Sachin Kaushik who are helming a crime thriller, mixed with chaos and power battles. Film makers Gurmmeet Singh, Shilpi Dasgupta, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba are working on a story of star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of opium smuggling.
Another collaboration that promises various stories for a global audience is being led by visionary Hollywood producer Peter Safran along with acclaimed writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. Vikram Bhatt and Shridhar Raghavan are working with them for the shows.
Namit Sharma, CEO, Dreamers & Doers Co. a premium content studio from Reliance Entertainment, says, “This year, there are plenty of interesting new series on the Reliance Entertainment slate, and we’re working to produce both original content and excellent adaptations of great stories from around the world that will delight Indian audiences and provide them with a memorable viewing experience.”
Further on the horizon, Reliance Entertainment has engaged directors and writers known for their diverse storytelling; Anand Neelakantan’s woman led spy thriller, a crime thriller from writer Sudeep Nigam and, Garima Pura Patiyaalvi’s young girl’s journey in a strict convent school are scheduled to go on floors soon.
For Reliance Entertainment this creative expansion makes the production house one of the most dynamic and diverse player in the domestic market.
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