Netflix announced two new original series from India: Selection Day, based on the book by author Aravind Adiga; and Again, a supernatural female-led detective series set in Delhi and written by Marisha Mukerjee.
Selection Day is described by Netflix as a “compelling story of cricket and corruption”. Interestingly, Amazon’s first original series that released in India, Inside Edge, deals with corruption in cricket too.
These shows bring the total number of Netflix originals produced in India to three — the first, Sacred Games, announced last year, recently cast Saif Ali Khan as its lead. It’s unclear what stage this series is currently in.
The second series, Again, is written by Marisha Mukerjee, a writer who has also worked on Priyanka Chopra’s Quantico.
Recent Netflix developments
— As Netflix tries to adapt to Asian markets, one headwind has cropped up in India — GST. The company, which started paying a 15% service tax on its service in India last year, had to absorb a higher GST last month, at 18%.
— In digital payments, Netflix is now compliant with the RBI’s 2-factor-authentication requirements (except on American Express cards) — something we flagged they weren’t doing last year. It also announced a carrier-billing agreement with Vodafone, its first such deal in India.
— Netflix has been building up its content delivery network in India. MediaNama has exclusively reported on caching and peering arrangements it has had with multiple ISPs and Internet exchanges (1, 2, 3). The company has argued to TRAI — somewhat pre-emptively — that its CDN does not violate net neutrality. (as an aside, they also fought off allegations from Indian ISPs that they violated net neutrality by limiting video bitrates for mobile users.
— The company dipped its toe in censoring content in India by releasing a theatrical version of the film Angry Indian Goddesses, while releasing the original cut abroad. The company reversed the move later.