Netflix produces its first original series for India

It's all about getting a foothold in a country that takes pride in locally-made shows.

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Netflix only reached India in January, and it knows that it has to cater to local tastes if it wants to earn respect in the country. Accordingly, it just announced that it's co-producing its first original series for India with the help of Phantom Films. The project will bring author Vikram Chandra's bestselling novel, the Mumbai-centric thriller Sacred Games, to the streaming service with both on-location filming (only logical, really) and dialogue in both Hindi as well as English. It's not certain when the production will be ready, but it'll be available worldwide -- it's an ambassador for India's creative scene on top of providing culturally relevant entertainment.