After the back-to-back success of Aranyak on Netflix and Rocket Boys on SonyLIV, Siddharth Roy Kapur’s production house Roy Kapur Films (RKF) announced an impressive new slate of series in development and production for 2022/23. From historical epics to powerful family dramas, this compelling slate of series will be nurtured and created by an exciting mix of new talent and established filmmakers.
Vishnuvardhan, director of Shershaah – the biggest streaming hit of 2021, is all set to make his series directorial debut with a sweeping epic action drama across multiple seasons, which will tell the fascinating story of an integral part of India’s 20th century military history.
Mahesh Narayanan, one of the brightest young directors from Malayalam cinema, who had a landmark year with India’s first “screen-life” film C U Soon and the pathbreaking political thriller Malik, will helm an edge-of-the-seat multi-season spy thriller set across the Middle East and South Asia.
Hardik Mehta, National Award winning director of the acclaimed bittersweet satire Kaamyaab and the hit Netflix show Decoupled, will headline a thrilling family drama series set across Europe, Africa and India in the rarefied and exclusive world of warring business families.
Abbas Tyrewala, writer of Maqbool and Main Hoon Na, whose directorial debut Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na is a cult youth classic, will write and showrun a suave and stylish spy action drama series, set in the cloak and dagger world of South Asian counter-intelligence.
Matka King, which was announced last year, will be created by the iconic director of Sairat, Nagraj Manjule, and is based on the fascinating world of the gambling game “matka” and the dangerous and brilliant men who ran it.
Arati Kadav, one of the winners of the BAFTA Breakthrough Awards 2022 whose debut feature film Cargo has a cult following in the Indian “lo-fi” sci-fi space, is creating a series which will be a fresh and quirky take on romance in the sci-if genre.
One of RKF’s endeavours has been to empower new voices by giving them a platform to showcase their fresh approach to storytelling, and this continues with the launch of two directorial debutants.
Bhavesh Kapadia, popular ad filmmaker and the brain behind some of India’s most famous ads for Nerolac and Crompton, will make his directorial debut with a wild and entertaining female-led comic thriller series.
Anubhav Chopra, having earned rave reviews for his Netflix documentary House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths, will write and direct a young adult drama series, set in the pressure cooker environment of a modern day high-school.
Jinesh Shah, Head, Originals RKF, added, “With these eight phenomenal series, we are prepared to bring audiences a smorgasbord of riveting stories. We’re looking forward to training our lenses on different worlds with these talented filmmakers, and delving into the psyches of intriguing, layered and compelling characters.”
Later this year, Roy Kapur Films will release feature films Pippa, Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan? and Bas Karo Aunty!, as well as the much-awaited Season 2 of Rocket Boys.
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