Today morning, Netflix India made the loudest buzz as they announced a line up of 17 projects (films and series included), to release on the platform in the coming months. The list also included Anurag Basu’s multi-starrer Ludo and Konkona Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar starrer Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare.
Meanwhile, now the grapevine has that Netflix has paid a whopping amount to have the two films make a direct OTT release on their platform. It is being said that the films have been bought for 40-50 crores each.
A source close to Mid-Day revealed, “Dolly Kitty… fetched its makers a cool Rs 40 crore approximately whereas the makers of Ludo starring Abhishek Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao, among others sealed the deal at over Rs 50 crore. The films’ music and TV rights have been negotiated over and above that.”
The source was further probed if Netflix was okay spending such huge amounts to buy Ludo and Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare. The same source said, “The top brass at Netflix felt the asking price was justified as Ludo is one of the most awaited releases of the year. Similarly, Alankrita Shrivastava’s film received glowing reviews at the Busan International Film Festival and will grab eyeballs around the globe.”
However, Ludo directed by Anurag Basu is a huge affair as it stars Abhishek Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Rajkummar Rao.
The list of projects releasing on Netflix alongside Ludo and Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare includes Torbaaz, Raat Akeli Hai, Ginny Weds Sunny, Bombay Rose, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Tribhanga, Punjab Kaali Khuhi, Serious Men, Ak V Ak, Class Of ’83, Mismatched and A Suitable Boy.