The following is an open letter addressed to Netflix India. Much like the gist of the letter, the contents should be taken with a lighthearted intent. Enjoy!
Dear Netflix India,
We were there when you premiered Sacred Games back in 2018, making it possibly the biggest Web series to ever come from India. We were also there when you redefined the anthology space with Lust Stories. And, we also stood in support when Sacred Games Season 2 flopped.
You have released a content slate of 17 more original movies and TV shows for 2020 and 2021 which make the future of streaming services in India brighter, despite last few flops for you.
For God's sake, please come out with more comedy content. We want more slapstick comedy series and movies from Netflix India.
Let me explain. India has always adored its comedy TV shows on cable television. Whether be it the silly-yet-genius Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah or the well-written Office Office and Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai. We love our dose of comedy. Indians like to take themselves too seriously sometimes so comedy TV is our only escape.
Even at the movies, our preferences like 3 Idiots, Golmaal, Hera Pheri are such great slapstick comedies that they have created cults for themselves.
Netflix, you love your dark and gritty stuff. We know that and we love some of it too. But aren't you going too overboard with it? Just a tad bit?
We saw so many dark thrillers including Bard of Blood, Mrs Serial Killer, Bulbbul, Raat Akeli Hai from you in the past couple of years. The list just goes on. Even the upcoming list has names like Class of '83 and Gunjan Saxena, which again is super serious content.
Netflix, just look out the window. A pandemic has taken over and we are living in the new normal. Everyone is at least slightly scared, paranoid, and terrified. We can't hug people, can't host parties, and can't really commute much.
Read the room, guys. Our only comedic escape is TV, which you streaming players have almost replaced. It is thus your duty to replicate the comedy element with your original movies and TV shows.
Don't tell us that with all your billions of dollars, you can't really get back the original team of Hera Pheri and create another masterpiece? By now we are sure you can probably buy the entire Bollywood industry with the kind of cash you hold.
Don't worry about your quality of content. We Indians adore slapstick comedy. Do a Web series, a short movie, or even a reality TV show. We won't mind it. But I think it's enough for the dark stuff for a few months now.
Release some content that's easy to digest. Something that won't take up our mental space too much. We know you can do it well. We did kind of love Space Force.
A devoted Netflix India subscriber