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Netflix India to launch more local content

Leila, Ghoul and Crocodile are part of the plan that may see Netflix launch about five to six India productions every year. Ranging from drama, to horror, to mystery, the shows will debut to over 117 million members in 190 countries

Netflix, a global online entertainment service, has announced three new Indian original series across genres and themes. Leila, Ghoul and Crocodile are a part of the plan according to which Netflix had hinted that it would launch about five to six India productions every year.

Ranging from drama, to horror, to mystery, the shows will debut to over 117 million Netflix members in 190 countries. These series join a larger slate of original productions from India, including Sacred Games, Selection Day and Bard of Blood.

“We are proud to continue to invest in original content in India. These three series, from the scary to the supernatural, represent the tremendous diversity that Indian storytelling holds for a global audience. We are thrilled to work with some of the world's most talented writers and producers to bring these stories to life for India and the world,” said Erik Barmack, Vice-President, International Original Series, Netflix.

Leila, from writer and executive producer Urmi Juvekar, based on a book by Prayaag Akbar, tells the story of Shalini, a free-thinking woman in search of her daughter she lost after her arrest 16 years earlier. Set in the near future, this inventive, the boundary-breaking story centres around longing, faith and loss.

Ghoul, a horror series based on Arabic folklore, is set in a covert detention centre. Nida, a newly minted interrogator who turned in her own father as an anti-government activist, arrives at the centre to discover that some of the terrorists held there are not of this world. Written and directed by Patrick Graham, and starring Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul, this unique and gripping series, with a supernatural twist, traces Nida’s battle for survival.

Crocodile, written by Binky Mendez, is a young adult murder mystery thriller series set in the seaside state of Goa. When her best friend goes missing, Mira sets out on her own investigation, uncovering secrets among her friends, romantic relationships and community.

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