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Amazon has started production on a host of Indian original shows for its subscription streaming service Prime Video, which launched in India as part of its global expansion yesterday (14 December).

Amazon Prime Video India Amazon Originals 14 Dec 2016The new original shows for the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service cover multiple genres: drama, comedy, thriller, biopic, period, action, mythological, fantasy, sports drama and political satire.

“India has one of the richest and most vibrant entertainment industries in the world — Amazon is energised by the talent and the passion of India’s film industry and is excited to be making multiple Indian original shows already, with more to come,” said Roy Price, vice president and head of Amazon Studios.

The announced shows include Bodhidharma: Master of Shaolin, created by Equinox Features with Ram Madhvani, Prasoon Joshi and Sunil Doshi; Breathe, from Abundantia Entertainment and Vikram Malhotra, starring R Madhvan and Amit Sadh; The Ministry created by AIB and OML; and Powerplay, from Excel Media & Entertainment/Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, and starring Vivek Oberoi and Richa Chadda.

Further working titles include Mirzapur, created by Excel Media & Entertainment, and Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar; Phantom Films’ Stardust, with Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena, Anurag Kashyap and Vikas Bahl; The Family Man from D2R Films | DK Krishna and Raj Nidimoru; Big Synergy’s Vishpuri; and Made in Heaven from Excel Media & Entertainment and Tiger Baby.

“It’s no secret that Amazon is making a big investment in India and is happy to take original content, created by Indian talent, to audiences worldwide. We are also making a commitment to our Indian customers to deliver high quality, binge-worthy shows that they’ll love to watch,” added Price.

Amazon has also announced new collaborations with a range of authors, producers, writers and directors to develop more Indian series, including planned projects with Kross Pictures India, Offside Entertainment, Funk Ur Blues, Raapchik Films, Fission Features and Fremantle Media.

Streamed content already available on Prime Video India includes box office hit movies Sultan, Kabali and Batman vs Superman – Dawn of Justice; popular western TV shows such as Mr Robot, The Night Manager, Lethal Weapon, The Good Wife and Two and a Half Men; children’s programmes like Doraemon, Chhota Bheem and Oggy & the Cockroaches; top Indian shows like Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, CID and Crime Patrol; and stand-up comedy from AIB.

Also available are the Amazon original series Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle and The Grand Tour.

Amazon Prime members in India will enjoy unlimited video streaming, ad-free and on-demand for INR499 a year, the equivalent of INR41.50 a month. Prime membership also includes special deals, and expedited postage for goods purchased through Amazon.