Netflix unveiled 12 Indian titles at its online-only TUDUM 2022 fan event, for which Zakir Khan and Prajakta Koli handled hosting duties – although there was only one new announcement , the high school drama series Class. We have known about all the other Indian Originals featured at TUDUM 2022 for some time. There Were Teasers For Vishal Bhardwaj Khufiya’s Spy Movie, Rana Daggubati’s Drama Rana NaiduRaj & DK’s dark comedy Guns & Gulaabs, Randeep Hooda-directed thriller CAT, period drama Qala with Triptii Dimri, the comedy directed by Sanya Malhotra Kathalthe forensic crime drama series Scoop by Hansal Mehta, the heist thriller directed by Yami Gautam and Sunny Kaushal Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga, and the Soup series by Abhishek Chaubey starring Manoj Bajpayee and Konkona Sensharma.
That leaves two. Netflix showed an over-the-top musical number for neo-noir Monica, O My Darling, which stars Rajkummar Rao and Radhika Apte, and a teaser for wedding documentary Nayanthara: Beyond the Fairy Tale. These are not listed below, so just click on these links online to watch them. For everything else, here is a look at the Indian Netflix series and movies that aired during the TUDUM 2022 India showcase.
Guns and Gulaabs
Love, crime and lots of mid-90s nostalgia – Dulquer Salmaan promised all three in the teaser for his first Netflix series, which is described as a genre black comedy set in a small Indian town. This mixture of humor and darkness is best felt towards the end, with a key that turns into an instrument of death.
Rajkummar Rao, Adarsh Gourav, TJ Bhanu and Gulshan Devaiah also star in Guns & Gulaabs. Raj & DK also direct and write alongside Suman Kumar.
Loosely based on a real-life incident, Soup follows Swathy Shetty (Konkona Sensharma), an incompetent cook who dreams of owning a restaurant. Between her and her dream is her suspicious husband Prabhakar (Manoj Bajpayee).
Soon, fate presents her with the opportunity to pursue her dreams, but that would involve concocting a masterful plan to replace her husband with a lover. When a clumsy cop and others get involved, his plan begins to go cold.
Abhishek Chaubey – best known for Udta Punjab – directs Soup, promising a delicious blend of love, lust, thrill and suspense. Soup also stars Nasser, Sayaji Shinde, and Lal.
To save the life of his drug-dealing brother, former civilian informant Gurnam (Randeep Hooda) – who worked for the cops during the ’90s insurgency – must return to the world he left behind. But coming to terms with his dark past might be the least of his worries, as his task is to expose the terrifying Punjab drug mafia.
No cast members of CAT are known other than Hooda. Balwinder Singh Janjua, Rupinder Chahal and Jimmy Singh are directing the episodes. Singh Janjua, Chahal and Jimmy also wrote the screenplay with Anil Rodhan.
Set in the 1930s and late 1940s (i.e. before and after Indian independence), Qala follows a young singer of the same name. It involves dissecting her tragic past – including her relationship with her mother – which eventually catches up with her and causes her to fall apart at the height of her hard-earned success.
Triptii Dimri, Swastika Mukherjee, Babil Khan and Amit Sial star. Anvitaa Dutt writes and directs.
An official adaptation of the American television series Ray Donovan, Rana Naidu (Rana Daggubati) follows a law firm mediator who handles the dirty work of the city’s wealthiest clients. His social routine is turned upside down when his father (Venkatesh Daggubati) is released from prison. The drama unfolds as father and son come face to face, evoking the demons of the past and exposing the vulnerabilities of the willful fixer.
Rana Naidu brings together the real uncle-nephew duo for the first time, in an ensemble cast featuring Surveen Chawla, Sushant Singh, Abhishek Banerjee, Suchitra Pillai, Gaurav Chopra and Ashish Vidyarthi. Directors Karan Anshuman and Suparn S. Varma share the episodes.
Are you an Elite fan? India has its own take on the Spanish Netflix series, which is set in the nation’s capital of Delhi. Three kids from Delhi’s gritty side join the slick, upscale Hampton International, which is shaking up the status quo both in and out of school. As class dynamics are challenged, love blossoms across socio-economic boundaries, and “elite” families reveal their shallow underbelly.
Gurfateh Pirzada, Anjali Sivaraman, Ayesha Kanga, Cyaawal Singh, Chintan Rach, Chayan Chopra, Madhyama Segal, Moses Koul, Naina Bhan, Piyush Khati and Zeyn Shaw stars. Ashim Ahluwalia conducts.
Netflix movies and TV shows may have led us to believe that all true crime stories are based on murders. Kathal, however, is a bit lighthearted, centering on the case of the Jackfruit trees being stolen by a politician. First director Yashowardhan Mishra tries to weave a lighthearted narrative of strange and true events in 2014, in which Delhi police formed a unit to hunt down said fruits.
Sanya Malhotra (Pagglait) plays the serious cop running the case, alongside a comedic line-up of Anant Joshi, Vijay Raaz, Rajpal Yadav and Neha Saraf.
Loosely based on Jigna Vora’s book Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison, Scoop chronicles the journey of ambitious crime reporter Jagruti Pathak whose world crumbles when she is framed for the murder of a fellow journalist. As her trial drags on, she encounters those she has spoken of before, including a sniper, a bookie, and Chhota Rajan himself.
Karishma Tanna, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, Harman Baweja, Deven Bhojani, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Tejasvini Kolhapure, Shikha Talsania, Tanmay Dhanania and Inayat Sood star. Hansal Mehta is directing, from a screenplay written by Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul and Mirat Trivedi.
Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga
What could go wrong when a flight attendant teams up with a businessman to steal diamonds, 40,000 feet in the air? An act of desperation turns into a hostage situation in this drama, forcing Yami Gautam and Sunny Kaushal to abandon their original plans and rescue the passengers.
Ajay Singh directs Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga from a script by Amar Kaushik and Shiraz Ahmed. Sharad Kelkar is also part of the main cast – assuming the other undisclosed cast members play passengers.
In a cinematic rendition of Amar Bhushan’s spy novel ‘Escape to Nowhere’, Khufiya follows RAW agent Krishna Mehra (Tabu) on a spy mission to track down a mole selling India’s defense secrets. . Caught between her two identities – as whistleblower and lover – Mehra must navigate an elaborate surveillance system to track down the suspect, who has stolen sensitive data from under their noses.
Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi and Ashish Vidyarthi are also playing. Vishal Bhardwaj is directing, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Rohan Narula (Office vs. Office).