Shah Rukh Khan displays a jersey while acknowledging the greetings of his fans who had gathered outside his residence on his 52nd birthday, in Mumbai, Nov. 2. (Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI)
Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment and streaming service Netflix are working on original series, based on the book, “Bard of Blood.”
Penned by the young Indian author, Bilal Siddiqi the book will adapted to an eight-episode high-octane political espionage thriller series.
“We have always tried to create world class content and entertainment from India. Netflix has shown that Indian stories have a global audience and we would love to use this platform and its reach to tell more stories,” Shah Rukh said in a statement.
Set against the backdrop of the Indian subcontinent, the multilingual series will tell the story of an expelled spy, Kabir Anand who is recalled from his new life as a Shakespeare professor in Panchgani to save his country and long-lost love.
The series will be shot on location and the characters will interact in Hindi, Urdu, English and other languages.
“We believe in the global vision of Red Chillies to create groundbreaking content out of India. It’s exciting to deepen our relationship with Red Chillies and expand our slate of originals in India.
“We are thrilled to work with a brilliant, young writer like Bilal Siddiqi and take his gripping, inventive storytelling to Netflix members worldwide,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix founder and CEO.