Netflix has entered into a longtime partnership with a leading Bollywood production house. According to news reports in The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, Variety and other publications, the streaming device inked a deal with Dharmatic Entertainment, the recently launched digital content studio of Dharma Productions headed by Karan Johar.
Netflix says the partnership would "create a broad range of new fiction and non-fiction series and films exclusively for Netflix members." No further details on projects were given. Netflix and Johar first worked together in 2018 on the anthology “Lust Stories,” which also featured films by Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee. Johar is also part of the upcoming horror anthology “Ghost Stories.” Dharmatic is also producing the upcoming Netflix film “Guilty.”
News reports say the deal with Dharmatic “is the latest in a long line that Netflix has inked in India as the company continued its aggressive moves to build its local content offerings.” Netflix will release the spy thriller “Bard of Blood,” produced under Shah Rukh Khan's banner Red Chillies Entertainment, on Sept. 27.