NEW DELHI: Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan is set to make her OTT debut with a Netflix film, to be directed by filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, the streamer announced on Wednesday, March 16. The untitled murder mystery is based on 2005 Japanese bestseller “The Devotion of Suspect X” and will also feature actors Jaideep Ahlawat and Vijay Varma.
“Our members love engaging with new thrillers – be it for the suspense, the twists or the unexpectedness of what happens next. Thrillers are integral to our Indian film slate and we can’t wait to bring to our members our adaptation of the bestseller, The Devotion of Suspect X,” Pratiksha Rao, director, films and licensing, Netflix India said in a statement.
“I can’t wait to begin work on this exciting project. It’s one that has all the right ingredients… a great story, a visionary director and a super talented cast and crew,” Kareena Kapoor Khan said in a statement.
“Kareena has always been a star performer across every one of her roles regardless of the format, shade or genre. Her digital debut is going to be an exciting project for us all. “And of course, Jaideep and Vijay are spectacular actors and will definitely bring their own skillset to the table. We are excited to collaborate with Netflix for this project. The storyline of the book is gripping and we are looking forward to the film adaptation to go on floors,” the producers said.
For instance, Raveena Tandon-starrer Aranyak and Pooja Bhatt’s Bombay Begums on Netflix were instant hits. So were Amazon Prime Video’s Panchayat, featuring Neena Gupta, and Disney Hotstar’s Aarya, starring Sushmita Sen. The trend has caught pace with Netflix’s Finding Anamika, starring Madhuri Dixit streaming recently, and Amazon’s Hush Hush, featuring Juhi Chawla and Ayesha Jhulka slated for the coming months.
Netflix alone has 15 titles on women-centric themes coming up in 2022, and since 2021, 18 of its originals have featured women in central roles. Shows and films in the coming months include Mai, Chakda Xpress, Heeramandi, Monica, O My Darling and the second season of Masaba Masaba, among others.