In 2017, Streaming giant Netflix announced a new series called Bard of Blood in partnership with Shah Rukh Khan and his production house, Red Chillies Entertainment. SRK will be working behind the scenes as a producer for the eight-episode political espionage series ‘Bard of Blood', based on the book written by young author Bilal Siddiqui. Now, Netflix has officially announced that Emraan Hashmi is playing the lead role.
Netflix India, on Friday, released the first teaser for Bard of Blood featuring Emraan Hashmi. In the few seconds teaser, the actor is reading the novel and says, “God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” A thrilled Emraan took to his Twitter to express his happiness about his upcoming web series. 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 !!"
Interestingly, it was Emraan Hashmi who had launched the book ‘Bard of Blood’ by Bilal Siddiqui. They have stayed close friends for a really long time.
Shah Rukh Khan, when announced the project in 2017, had said, “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.”
"We believe in the global vision of Red Chillies to create groundbreaking content out of India. It’s exciting to deepen our relationship with Red Chillies and expand our slate of originals in India,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix Founder, and CEO. “We are thrilled to work with a brilliant, young writer like Bilal Siddiqi and take his gripping, inventive storytelling to Netflix members worldwide,” he added when the project was announced last year.
Venky Mysore, CEO of Red Chillies earlier said, “We are delighted to extend our partnership to the Netflix Original series. Gaurav Verma and our team at Red Chillies have put it together and we can’t wait to bring this thrilling nail-biter to screens around the world.
Set against the backdrop of the Indian subcontinent, the multilingual series will tell the story of an expelled spy, Kabir Anand who is recalled from his new life as a Shakespeare professor in Panchgani to save his country and the long-lost love. A combination of combat skills, intellectual background, and personal circumstances propel Kabir to avenge the past and face his deadliest enemies in a race against time.
The series will involve intricate, highly stylised action sequences never before seen on screen in India. The series will be shot on location and the characters will interact in Hindi, Urdu, English and other languages.
Netflix has already released its first Indian web series with Sacred Games starring Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte. The show has received immense appreciation from both critics and audience.