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Netflix has announced a new slate of ten original Indian films, taking to 15 the number of Indian movies set to be available on the streaming service globally by the end of 2020.

Siddarth Roy Kapur 15 April 2019“When Netflix launched in India, we changed the way Indian audiences enjoy their films,” said Srishti Behl Arya, director - international original film, India, Netflix.

“Given our diversity, history and culture, India is home to powerful stories waiting to be told to audiences around the world. The depth of talent and vision of our creators is enabling us to create films our members will love. We want to be a home for India’s finest filmmakers where their stories travel to more people than ever before.”

The new films include a thriller produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Ashi Dua called Ghost Stories. The spine chilling tales will be directed by Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Anurag Kashyap, reunited after Lust Stories.

“The overwhelming success of Lust Stories - which still has people talking about it a year after it launched - made us want to repeat the magic with our second anthology called Ghost Stories. With Netflix we have a partner who complements the strain in RSVPs DNA - to lean into risk when it comes to bold content narratives and creative freedom,” said Ronnie Screwvala from RSVP.

“Just as Lust Stories resonated around the world, we are aiming for Ghost Stories and many more stories and sequels from India to connect with audiences in Asia and around the world.”

Yeh Ballet, directed by the writer of Salaam Bombay Sooni Taraporevala and produced by Roy Kapur Films, is a story about two boys from very low income families who discover ballet and through it a way to escape their challenging circumstances.

“Yeh Ballet explores the universal theme of rising above one’s circumstances and finding acceptance and belonging, through the riveting true story of two young boys from Mumbai who discovered themselves through ballet,” said Siddharth Roy Kapur (pictured), producer for Yeh Ballet.

“Roy Kapur Films aims to enable incredible artistes like Sooni Taraporevala to transform their creative vision into reality, and we are delighted to partner with her to bring her dream to life. The expression of emotions through the universal language of dance is an integral part of every culture around the world, and the global reach of Netflix gives us the opportunity to have this powerful story resonate with an audience around the world.”

Other new films commissioned for the streaming service include Red Chillies production Class of ’83, directed by Atul Sabharwal; crime drama Mrs Serial Killer directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by Farah Khan; while Guilty - produced by Dharmatic and directed by Ruchi Narain - explores the versions of truth that emerge when a small town girl accuses the college heart throb of rape.

A man battles his inner fears in House Arrest which is directed by Shashanka Ghosh and Samit Basu, written by Samit Basu and produced by India Stories; Kaali Khuhi, about a Punjab village with a history of female infanticide and mysterious deaths is directed by Terrie Samundra and produced by Manomay Motion Pictures; and Maska, which centres on a confused millennial, is directed by Neeraj Udhwani and produced by Seher Aly Latif and Shivani Saran’s Mutant Films.

Freedom, directed and produced by Dibakar Banerjee, is the story of an Indian family interwoven with the personal, ideological and sexual history of India; while Serious Men, produced by Bombay Fables and Cineraas Entertainment, is based on Manu Joseph’s book about a wily slum dweller, who cons the country into believing his 10-year-old son is a genius. It will be adapted and directed for the screen by Sudhir Mishra.