An Indian original Netflix series ‘The Bard of Blood’ is about to be launched. The series is based on the novel by Bilal Siddiqi of the same name released in March, 2015 and is being produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment. Today, it announced its lead actor Emraan Hashmi. The actor is delighted to be a part of the same and takes to twitter to express his elation. He wrote, “‘To be, or not to be’… The answer is to be. Ready ‘to be’ Kabir Anand. Excited to be a part of this thrilling journey !!”
Set against Indian subcontinent, the plot revolves around the life of an expelled spy Kabir Anand who is called on again to save the country and his love. His new life shows him to be working as a professor who teaches the works of Shakespeare in Panchgani. He needs to use his intellect and fighting skills to save the country.
Netflix has shared a small clip featuring Emraan Hashmi on twitter, with the caption, “God has given you one face and you make another. Emraan Hashmi is Kabir Anand in The Bard of Blood! @iamsrk @emraanhashmi @RedChilliesEnt.” Netflix had also said about Kabir Anand the protagonist of the series in a statement, “A combination of combat skills, intellectual background and personal circumstances propel (him) to avenge the past and face his deadliest enemies in a race against time.” The plan to build this series was announced by Netflix in November last year.
To this Shah Rukh Khan as a reply, tweeted, “Be! Be! Welcome aboard my friend. Here’s to a journey full of excitement & drama.” Also, the Red Chillies Entertainment tweeted, “Big news: We have found our leading man! @emraanhashmi to play Kabir Anand in our adaptation of @BilalS158’s ’The Bard Of Blood’ for @NetflixIndia!
Cannot wait for the action to begin! #EmraanInBardOfBlood @iamsrk @VenkyMysore @_GauravVerma.”
Shah Rukh Khan had earlier stated, “We have always tried to create world class content and entertainment from India. Netflix has shown that Indian stories have a global audience and we would love to use this platform and its reach to tell more stories.”
The makers of the series had earlier said, “The series will be shot on location and the characters will interact in Hindi, Urdu, English and other languages.” ‘The Bard of Blood’ will be released as an eight episode political thriller series. The makers also stated that the series would include “intricate, highly stylised action sequences never before seen on screen in India”.
Netflix Founder and CEO, Reed Hastings is excited to broaden the range of originals in India. He further adds, “We are thrilled to work with a brilliant, young writer like Bilal Siddiqi and take his gripping, inventive storytelling to Netflix members worldwide.” The CEO of Red Chillies, Venky Mysore says, “We can’t wait to bring this thrilling nail-biter to screens around the world.”
After the success of Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddique and Radhika Apte starrer ‘The Sacred Games’, this thriller is a highly anticipated project which the audience would be waiting for. Emraan Hashmi was earlier seen in 2017’s ‘Baadshaho’. His upcoming project ‘Cheat India’ has begun shooting earlier this week and is slated to be released early next year. Hashmi is a successful and highly sought after actor in the Bollywood industry. Some of the breakthrough roles in his career include those of ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’, ‘Humari Adhoori Kahaani’, ‘Jannat’, ‘Shanghai’, ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘Murder’, ‘Murder 2’, ‘Gangster’, ‘Zeher’ and ‘Ek Thi Daayan’ among many others. The underworld drama, ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’ and the political drama ‘Shanghaai’ had gained him two nominations for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ at Filmfare awards.