“This project has been close to my heart"
The trailer for Netflix’s Call My Agent: Bollywood has been released, an Indian spin-off of the hit French series of the same name.
The web series stars Aahana Kumra, Ayush Mehra, Rajat Kapoor and Soni Razdan.
Call My Agent: Bollywood revolves around “four savvy, street smart talent agents who manage fragile star egos and real human emotions to save their agency from closure after the sudden death of the founder”.
In the trailer, audiences see an extensive number of star cameos such as Farah Khan, Ali Fazal, Richa Chadha, Lara Dutta, Jackie Shroff, Dia Mirza, among others.
At one point in the trailer, Richa taunts her real-life partner Ali after he boasts about having worked in Hollywood.
She asks him: “But have you been to Cannes?”
The four lead stars play weird, colourful characters that play off each other well.
The lighthearted series may also prove to be insightful in its depiction of Indian talent management companies. It is a subject that people outside Bollywood are not too familiar with.
Shaad Ali directs the show and he previously directed the likes of Saathiya and Bunty Aur Babli.
He said: “This project has been close to my heart since the very beginning.
“It was a huge responsibility to be mindful of the original screenplay that has been such a success and yet have my own stamp on the adaptation.
“Each component of this show has been thought through with intricacy – right from the casting to the cameos.
“Each of us, included in this project, have poured their heart and soul into it and I cannot wait to show the audiences the satirical world of showbiz through my lens.
“Rajat, Ayush, Aahana and Soni share such a brilliant chemistry with each other that shooting with them has been a riot.”
Call My Agent: Bollywood is produced by Applause Entertainment in association with Banijay Asia.
In a tweet, Applause Entertainment said:
“Take a peek behind all the glitz and glam of stardom with the people that make it all happen.”
“Call My Agent: Bollywood streaming on Netflix from October 29.”
On the development of the show, Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause Entertainment, said:
“At Applause, it has been our endeavour to curate and create the best stories from across the world.
“Call My Agent: Bollywood is a show that has been delightfully reimagined to showcase the colourful world of Bollywood through humour and heartwarming emotions.
“We are ecstatic to collaborate with Netflix to bring Call My Agent to Indian and global audiences.”
Call My Agent: Bollywood releases on Netflix on October 29, 2021.