Siddharth Roy Kapur’s production company, Roy Kapur Films, has joined forces with the acclaimed filmmaker Nagraj Manjule for an exciting new series, tentatively titled ‘Matka King.’ In a bold move, the production house is gearing up to craft a riveting narrative centered around “matka,” a popular form of betting in India. This upcoming venture is set against the backdrop of the 1960s and 1990s, drawing inspiration from true events and the life of Ratan Khatri, renowned as the ‘Matka King’ and a pioneer of gambling in India.
The forthcoming series takes viewers on a journey into the life of a man determined to conquer the world of money. It sheds light on how currency flows through the informal economy, shaping the power dynamics of a nation. The narrative delves into the vibrant culture of Mumbai’s bustling working class during the ’60s and ’70s, offering a glimpse into the nation’s evolution through their lives and the betting syndicate overseen by Khatri.
Siddharth Roy Kapur, the producer, expresses his enthusiasm, saying, “Nagraj Manjule’s ‘SAIRAT’ is one of my favorite films from the past decade, and I’m thrilled to collaborate with him in bringing this captivating story to life. We aspire to connect with audiences not just in India but around the world.”
Nagraj Manjule, taking on the role of showrunner, eagerly anticipates the project, stating, “I’m excited about this unique opportunity to share a captivating story on OTT platforms. Partnering with Sid Roy Kapur, who shares a common creative vision, is truly a pleasure. We sincerely hope that viewers will immerse themselves in the world of the ‘Matka King’ just as much as we are immersed in its creation.”
Roy Kapur Films is riding high on the success of “Aranyak,” a crime thriller produced for Netflix. The show made a remarkable entry into Netflix’s Top 10 global TV shows within its very first week of release. Starring Raveena Tandon, Parambrata Chatterjee, and Ashutosh Rana, this recently launched eight-episode web series garnered praise from audiences and received a thumbs-up from critics nationwide.
Story of the series in a few words
Ratan Khatri, an ordinary person who sought refuge in Mumbai, altered the destinies of his companions by turning the local matka gambling game into a nationwide empire valued at billions of rupees.
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