Netflix drops first looks from ‘Guns & Gulaabs’, ‘Rana Naidu’

Mumbai: Streaming platform Netflix on Saturday unveiled exclusive footage from its upcoming slate of movies and series, including the Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK show “Guns & Gulaabs” and “Rana Naidu,” directed by Rana Daggubati and Venkatesh Daggubati.

The streamer gave a sneak peek of his 12 titles during the India segment of the “TUDUM” global fan event. It was hosted by actor and influencer Prajakta Koli and comedian Zakir Khan.

Netflix showed a gory, retro and humorous sneak peek of “Guns & Gulaabs,” exploring one person’s dark streak. It features Rajkummar Rao, Dulquer Salmaan and Adarsh ​​Gourav in the lead.

Inspired by the world’s misfits, the show is set in the ’90s and is billed as a story depicting love and innocence, albeit set in a world of crime.

Salmaan, who is making his OTT debut, described the series as a “crazy, crazy, hyperactive ride.”

“It’s like something not just like a regular amusement park but a complete one, full of luxuries and thrills. (You) will get to see some great characters, I think you will fall in love with most of the characters on the show.

“There’s some great writing, some great laughs, some great twists and turns and suspense. It really has a big impact. It’s a complete meal, it throws everything at you,” the actor said.

“Rana Naidu,” an official adaptation of the popular American drama series “Ray Donovan,” follows the life of Rana Naidu (Rana Daggubati), the boy everyone in Bollywood turns to when they have a problem.

Set in Bombay, where glitz meets filth, Rana Naidu does dirty work for the city’s major power players; banishing the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes and business tycoons.

This tense drama unfolds when her father Venky (Venkatesh) is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Naidu family to the core, according to the official synopsis.

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“It has a lot of action, emotion, dark family drama between real families. This is the first time these faces have come together,” said Rana.

Karan Anshuman, known for creating hit shows like “Mirzapur” and “Inside Edge,” is the showrunner and director. Suparn Verma of “The Family Man 2” fame serves as co-director.

Surveen Chawla, Sushant Singh, Abhishek Banerjee, Suchitra Pillai, Gaurav Chopra and Ashish Vidyarthi complete the cast of “Rana Naidu”.

Netflix also offered a sneak peek at filmmaker Hansal Mehta’s drama series “Scoop,” inspired by Jigna Vora’s biographical book “Behind The Bars In Byculla: My Days in Prison.”

With Karishma Tanna in the lead role of Jagruti Pathak, an ambitious crime journalist, the show also stars Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, Harman Baweja, Deven Bhojani, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Shikha Talsania among others.

Another series from the streamer was “Soup,” starring Manoj Bajpayee and Konkona Sensharma.

The crime comedy is directed by Abhishek Chaubey, known for his critically acclaimed films such as “Ishqiya”, “Dedh Ishqiya” and “Sonchiriya”.

The streamer’s new shows also included Randeep Hooda’s revenge drama series “CAT” and director Ashim Ahluwalia’s “Class.”

“CAT” is about Gurnam (Hooda), a former civilian informant who is forced to return to his old job to save his brother’s life, forcing him to come to terms with his dark past.

It is directed by Balwinder Singh Janjua, Rupinder Chahal and Jimmy Singh.

“Class” is set in a posh school called Hampton International, where three new students from a completely different background sign up for a new term and shake up the status quo.

It features a cast of Gurfateh Pirzada, Anjali Sivaraman, Ayesha Kanga, Cyaawal Singh, Chintan Rach, Chayan Chopra, Madhyama Segal, Moses Koul, Naina Bhan, Piyush Khati, and Zeyn Shaw.

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Netflix also released the sneak peek of filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s highly anticipated film “Khufiya” starring Tabu.

Bhardwaj dubbed “Khufiya,” based on the novel “Escape to Nowhere,” written by former R&AW Counterintelligence Unit Chief Amar Bhushan, as a set of secrets.

“It is a bouquet of secrets that you cannot see what is real and what you see is not real. The most fun I had on this project was that you’ll feel like you’re sitting in the R&AW office. And with that, even after the espionage drama, capturing the poetic beauty in it was a challenge for me. I exceeded even a limit, ”said the director.

Produced and directed by Bhardwaj, the spy thriller also stars Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi and Ashish Vidyarthi.

A song was featured, featuring Huma Qureshi, from his upcoming movie “Monica, O My Darling”, also starring Rajkummar Rao and Radhika Apte.

Directed by Vasan Bala, the neo-noir is an ode to movies about the perfect plan that led to the perfect chaos in the lives of the people who designed it.

“I am very happy to be back (on Netflix) also with this movie because it is special. I think this movie is a perfect mix of black comedy, crime and drama. I’m really excited for this one,” said Apte, who has collaborated with Netflix on three projects “Sacred Games,” “Ghoul,” and an anthology movie “Lust Stories.”

The virtual event also featured teasers for Sanya Malhotra’s drama film “Kathal,” “Qala,” directed by Tripti Dimri and Babil Khan, and the heist thriller starring Yami Gautam and Sunny Kaushal “Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga.”


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