May – Netflix’s next Indian web series, helmed by Sakshi Tanwar – arrives on April 15 and now we have a trailer. Vivek Mushran, Wamiqa Gabbi, Anant Vidhaat, Raima Sen, Ankur Ratan, Prashant Narayan, Vaibhav Raj Gupta and Seema Pahwa star alongside Mai. Set in Wazirganj, Uttar Pradesh, Mai follows 47-year-old docile wife and mother Sheel (Tanwar) after she begins to dig into the death of her daughter Supriya Chaudhary (Gabbi). As Sheel learns things she never could have imagined, her investigation leads her into a world of white-collar crime and dirty politics. Is Sheel in over her head – or will she take it like a fish to water as she plunges down a rabbit hole of violence?
“At the heart of the series is the Chaudhary family consisting of two brothers who live in adjacent houses in the same settlement, with their spouses and children. Sheel, our protagonist, is the younger brother’s wife. She lives and breathes for her immediate and extended family, making sure the whole house runs like a well-oiled machine,” Mai creator, writer and showrunner Atul Mongia said in a prepared statement. Mongia makes his directorial debut with the new Indian Netflix series. Anshai Lal (Phillauri) also directed episodes. Mongia is a writer on Mai alongside Tamal Sen (Kaali of Zee5) and Amita Vyas (The Fame Game).
“However, through a bizarre twist of fate and choice, Sheel is thrust deep into the world of crime,” Mongia added. “The series becomes exceptionally dramatic, yet extremely relatable, because at least at the start, she still remains the same humble, simple mother. Just like my mother. And maybe yours too. Mai’s protagonist goes by my own mother’s maiden name, never to forget who “Sheel Chaudhary” really is. Mai takes the concept of the traditional, warm and caring Indian mother from popular Indian television and Hindi cinema and contrasts it with the true existence of the Machiavellian world there, forcing her and us to question our belief systems.
Mai is produced by Clean Slate Filmz, the banner of actress Anushka Sharma and her brother Karnesh Ssharma, which previously gave us Bulbbul on Netflix, and Paatal Lok on Amazon Prime Video. Unlike those two projects, Karnesh is Mai’s sole producer. Paatal Lok creator Sudip Sharma serves as an executive producer on Mai alongside Mongia, Lal and Ssharma.
“We are thrilled to bring this story to the world through Netflix, which has been a great partner for us with Bulbbul and now, with Mai,” Ssharma said in a prepared statement. “Mai tells a gripping yet moving story of a strong mother’s journey. Sheel is a multi-faceted character, who fights to overcome everything and everyone in her path to avenge her daughter, while maintaining her vulnerability, which allows audiences to identify and connect with her in a more meaningful way.Viewers will witness a highly layered narrative full of twists and turns, showing how far a mother will go for love and in search of the truth.
Netflix India Series Head Tanya Bami added, “Mai is a flagship Netflix series that brings together compelling storytelling, nuanced performances, and a deeply empowering journey of a mother’s encounter with crime and criminals. Set in an intriguing world, Mai brings together everything our audience loves and appreciates. A gripping and sensitively handled storyline created by Atul Mongia, a gritty crime drama produced by Clean Slate Filmz and one of the most powerful performances ever from Sakshi Tanwar which headlines May.
Here is the official May synopsis from Netflix:
Sheel’s world crumbles when she witnesses a personal tragedy. The once docile and ordinary wife and mother is placed in extraordinary circumstances in her quest to uncover the truth. Sucked down a rabbit hole of violence and power, she finds herself entangled in white-collar crime and politics that forever changes her and the world she inhabits.
All episodes of Mai release on April 15 on Netflix in India and globally.