The dramatic ‘tu-dum’ that sounds each time you hit play on Netflix has gained near-icon status. The streaming giant always has something new to offer viewers, with the most recent offering being its first-ever fan event—fittingly named TUDUM. Featuring over 70 series, films, and specials, starring 145 stars and creators from across the globe, the Netflix Global Fan Event thrilled unsuspecting audiences worldwide when it went live on Saturday, September 25. The evening began with the Asia spotlight programs which highlighted new and returning titles across the Indian, Korean, and anime genres, followed by the global show, which showcased a line-up of previously unreleased clips, trailers, promos, and more.
‘The Netflix Tudum: India Spotlight’ was hosted by actors Ali Fazal and Radhika Apte and the 30-minute clip unveiled nine new projects that are slated for release on Netflix in the upcoming months (and two that are returning for season two). The celebrities whose stellar performances and creative acumen we can look forward to this year include Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Raveena Tandon, Vishal Bhardwaj, Kartik Aaryan, Tovino Thomas, Tamannaah Bhatia, Riteish Deshmukh, Mithila Palkar, and Sanya Malhotra, among others. From heart-wrenching romance picks to adrenaline-boosting thrillers—there’s something for everyone. Read on for a recap of the new shows and movies you’ll soon be binge-watching on Netflix.
1. Finding Anamika
Fans of Madhuri Dixit Nene can rejoice as the actor finally returns to the screen with a thriller-drama series that has been written by Nisha Mehta and Sri Rao, directed by Karishma Kohli and Bejoy Nambiar, and produced by Karan Johar. The storyline follows Dixit Nene in the role of Anamika Anand, an international star who suddenly goes missing. With the search for her underway, dark secrets soon begin to unravel, revealing a web of hidden truths about her life. The show also stars Sanjay Kapoor, Manav Kaul, Lakshvir Saran, Suhasini Mulay, and Muskkaan Jaferi.
Directed by Ram Madhvani, Dhamaka is an official remake of the 2013 Korean film The Terror Live. It features Kartik Aaryan as a news anchor, whose life takes a dramatic turn when a terrorist calls him with a bomb threat. While this “mood promo” keeps fans on the edge of their seats with a real-life enactment of the plot by the actor, Aaryan shared with fans that the official trailer for the film will be out soon. The film also stars Mrunal Thakur, Amruta Subhash, Vikas Kumar, and Vishwajeet Pradhan.
3. Plan A Plan B
Looking for a new fictional couple to ship? Look no further than this Riteish Deshmukh and Tamannaah Bhatia-starrer. Also featuring Poonam Dhillon and Kusha Kapila, the romantic comedy, Plan A Plan B, directed by Shashanka Ghosh, follows the love story of a matchmaker and divorce lawyer in a classic case of opposites attract.
An unmissable collaboration between Tabu and Vishal Bharadwaj, this film depicts the actor in the lead role as RAW operative Krishna Mehra. Based on Amar Bhushan’s espionage novel Escape to Nowhere, the action-packed film is inspired by true events and also stars Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi, and Ashish Vidyarthi.
Can’t get enough of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s cinematic opulence? You can now look forward to his first-ever series—14 years in the making—which is set in pre-independent India and follows the stories of India’s mujra-practicing courtesans. You can expect stunning visuals along with drama galore, plus what promises to be a star-studded cast of 18 female actors including Sonakshi Sinha, Manisha Koirala, Nimrat Kaur, Sanjeeda Sheikh, and Diana Penty. Juhi Chawla will be joining the cast as she will be seen playing an important cameo in the eight-episode web series.
6. Minnal Murali
There’s a superhero film in the mix as well—Southern star Tovino Thomas features in this Malayalam film helmed by Basil Joseph. The story is set in the ’90s and revolves around a tailor from a small town in Kerala who acquires superhuman powers after being struck by lightning.
7. Meenakshi Sundareshwar
Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani star in this endearing rom-com as a couple who enter a long-distance, arranged marriage. When combined, their first names, Meenakshi and Sundareshwar, coin the name of the famous Meenakshi-Sundareshwar temple in Tamil Nadu. But for all the sanctity their names exude together, do they have enough in common in real life? The film follows the newlyweds as they try to find their own marital bliss.
When an international teenage tourist disappears in a mysterious Himalayan town, determined policewoman Kasturi—played by Raveena Tandon—has to separate myths from facts in this moody thriller to get to the bottom of the case. With Rohan Sippy as its showrunner and Vinay Waikul as the director, the film also stars Parambrata Chatterjee, Ashutosh Rana, Zakir Hussain, and Megna Malik in important roles.
9. Little Things Season 4
India’s favorite OTT couple, Dhruv and Kavya, better known as Kavu and Momo, return for a fourth and final season chronicling their heart-warming journey as lovers and best friends. After surviving a long-distance relationship in Season 3, the two continue to navigate their way through life and relationships with their signature dose of humor and sentimentality.
The TUDUM India spotlight also announced the return of two other mega-successful shows, Mismatched and Kota Factory, that are coincidentally both set in Rajasthan, and will be back for a second season. If this list is anything to go by, you’ll smoothly sail through the festive and holiday season with just your laptop/smart TV for company.