Mumbai, December 15, 2016: Amazon has brought Prime Video services to India, offering members a large selection of new release Bollywood and regional Indian blockbusters, Hollywood movies and day-after-broadcast US TV shows, kids’ programming, plus, first time in India, award-winning Amazon Original Series.
In addition, Amazon announced it has started production of new Indian Amazon Original Series featuring top Indian talent and filmmakers, which will also be available exclusively for Prime members. Amazon Prime members in India will enjoy unlimited streaming video, ad-free and on-demand, at no additional cost to their ₹499 annual Prime membership, the equivalent of just ₹41.50 a month. To sign-up for a 30-day free trial of Prime membership, customers can visit www.PrimeVideo.com or download the Amazon Prime Video app today.
Says Nitesh Kripalani, Director and Country Head, Amazon Video Indi: “Prime members can enjoy reliable, high-quality playback of some of the best shows and movies available including brand new Amazon Original Series with top Indian stars and filmmakers over the next year. This is on top of the benefits Prime members already know and love—unlimited free one-day and two-day delivery on India’s largest selection of products.”
“India has one of the richest and most vibrant entertainment industries in the world—Amazon is energized by the talent and the passion of India’s film industry and is excited to be making multiple Indian original shows already, with more to come,” said Roy Price, Vice President and Head of Amazon Studios. “It’s no secret that Amazon is making a big investment in India and is happy to take Original content, created by Indian talent, to audiences worldwide. We are also making a commitment to our Indian customers to deliver high-quality, binge-worthy shows that they’ll love to watch.”
Amazon Indian Originals
The Amazon Original Indian Series will include diverse genres such as drama, comedy, psychological thriller, biopics, period/action, mythological/fantasy, sports drama and political satire. The new shows (working titles) and creators associated with them include:
- Bodhidharma: Master of Shaolin | Equinox Features | Ram Madhvani, Prasoon Joshi and Sunil Doshi
- Breathe | Abundantia Entertainment | Vikram Malhotra, starring R Madhvan and Amit Sadh
- The Ministry | AIB and OML
- Powerplay |Excel Media & Entertainment | Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar starring Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadda and others
- Mirzapur | Excel Media & Entertainment | Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar
- Stardust | Phantom Films| Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena, Anurag Kashyap and Vikas Bahl
- The Family Man | D2R Films | DK Krishna and Raj Nidimoru
- Vishpuri | Big Synergy | Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap and Madhu Mantena
- Made in Heaven Excel Media & Entertainment and Tiger Baby| Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti.
Amazon Original Series
In addition to new Indian Original Series, Prime members will also have access to the global Amazon Original Series from the US, including the Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA award-winning dark-comedy Transparent, the multi Golden Globe award-winning series Mozart in the Jungle, and one of the most-streamed Amazon Original Series ever by Amazon Prime members globally, The Man in the High Castle. Kids’ series will also be available including the animated art-adventure Creative Galaxy, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and the multi-Emmy award-winning animated series, Tumble Leaf, and more. Additional series like One Mississippi, Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes, David E. Kelley’s Goliath and Bryan Cranston and Graham Yosts' executively produced Sneaky Pete, will be added to the service early next year, along with the forthcoming docuseries American Playboy: the Hugh Hefner Story.
This line up would also include the new global adventure show, The Grand Tour, with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.