Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein
Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein (“These Black Black Eyes“) is the only Netflix Original in this list with a release date as of the time of publication. The thriller series debuts on January 14, 2022. Star Shweta Tripathi described to Mid-Day the race to wrap filming in May 2021 before the Himachal Pradesh government imposed a state-wide COVID-19 lockdown. The show’s IMDb entry lists it as an 8-episode series, with an official Netflix description that reads:
“Relentlessly pursued by a powerful politician’s daughter who will do anything to make him hers, a man slips down a dark, risky path to reclaim his life.”
Baahubali: Before the Beginning
We’re still waiting on this prequel that was announced back in 2018. A large portion of the series based on Anand Neelkantan’s novel The Rise of Sivagami was already filmed when Netflix decided they were unhappy with the direction the show was going. That led Netflix to scrap the work that had been done, double the budget, bring in two new directors, and replace Mrunal Thakur in the lead role with Punjabi actress Wamiqa Gabbi after Thakur dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Let’s hope this gets the series — slated to consist of two 9-episode seasons — back on track so we can return to Mahishmati.
Finding Anamika/The Star
Bollywood icon Madhuri Dixit’s first streaming series was created just for her — and it may have just undergone a name change. A teaser introducing the series Finding Anamika was included in the “India Spotlight” portion of September’s TUDUM global fan event. But clicking on the link to Finding Anamika‘s Netflix title page recently listed the series name as “The Star” for several days before the link stopped working altogether. Here’s how Netflix describes the plot:
“This is a suspenseful family drama about a global superstar, wife, and mom who suddenly vanishes without a trace. As police and loved ones search for answers to her disappearance, her perfectly crafted facade is stripped away, revealing hidden truths and painful lies in the life of an iconic actress.”