Yash Raj Films (YRF) and Netflix have announced a new multi-year creative partnership. The two companies will collaborate to create films and series that bring defining stories to audiences in India and across the world.
The first project to emerge from this collaboration is a thriller series, The Railway Men. The four-part series starring R Madhavan, Kay Kay Menon, Divyendu Sharma and Babil Khan, is based on the deadly gas leak that took place in Bhopal in December 1984. The series, directed by debutant director Shiv Rawail tells the story of the unsung heroes, who rose to the occasion that night to save the city and its people.
The second is Aamir Khan's son, Junaid Khan's debut film, Maharaj. The film also stars Jaideep Ahlawat, Sharvari and Shalini Pandey and is directed by Siddharth P. Malhotra. Maharaj, also inspired by true events, is an incredible David vs. Goliath story set in the 1800s, where a regular man, journalist by profession, takes on a powerful role model of society, hailed by many as a messiah for the masses.
Monika Shergill, Vice President of content, Netflix India, said in a statement, “We are passionate about serving our broad audiences with series and films that they connect with and love, and we want to do more of this. Yash Raj Films have defined the essence of Indian film-making. They are one of the most respected storytellers in the industry. From Kabhi Kabhie (1976) to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), War (2019) to Pathaan, their signature stories have been part of our lives and continue to fuel the zeitgeist. ”
Akshaye Widhani, CEO, Yash Raj Films said, “YRF’s mission is to create entertaining, inspiring and extraordinary stories from India for the world. Netflix is the biggest streamer in the world and offers us an opportunity to tell our stories in over 190 countries. Their belief in the ‘content-first’ approach, is noteworthy and synergistic with our ethos. We want to showcase our content, as well as provide a platform for our brilliant homegrown talent to a global audience.”