By RAHUL RAUT
Netflix — the online video-on-demand streaming platform — has now reached Pakistan. Buzz is that Netflix Pakistan is soon going to offer its first-ever original series. The work on the first Pakistani Netflix production has reportedly already begun and will go on floors in the first half of 2018.
Although the project is currently at its initial stage and the details of the same have been strictly kept under wraps, we have learnt that the yet-untitled original series will be an adaptation of an award-winning novel. Pakistani model and actor Zahid Ahmed has been roped in to play the lead character in this multi-episode web-series.
Ahmed confirmed the news saying, “All I can tell you is that yes, it is very much an attempt for a Netflix original, they have very tough criteria for international productions to be titled as a Netflix original but we will be shooting the project along those guidelines. The casting is also international and the hero (myself) and heroine will be from two different countries for sure. Also, it is based on an international award-winning novel (not Pakistani) adapted to modern-day Pakistan.”
“It’s a romance and action saga with heavy influences of religion, politics and a clash of two completely opposing cultures. The whole project is in English language with subtitles and I feel honoured to represent Pakistan in this massive venture,” Ahmed added revealing further about the project.
Ahmed has already shown his diverseness with dramas like ‘Besharam’, ‘Alvida’, ‘Zara Yaad Kar’ and the ongoing ‘Tou Dil Ka Kia Hua’ and ‘Daldal’ and it would be interesting to see him again doing a role that is very distinct from what he has done so far.
Although it has been two years since Netflix was launched in Pakistan and many plays and films are already there for the showcase, this upcoming project will be the first ever original Pakistani production to appear on Netflix Pakistan.
Netflix looking towards Pakistan for original content is definitely an exciting development. It will not only be beneficial to Pakistani films, TV industry and producers, but it will also provide a great opportunity for Pakistani talents to reach the global audience by broadcasting the Pakistani contents in multiple regions worldwide.