Meghna Gulzar, known for her movies Talvaar & Raazi is entering the digital platform with a web series based on the former Mumbai Police commissioner Rakesh Maria. Her recent film Raazi starring Alia Bhatt in the titular role earned a lot of accolades across the country and made her a director to look out for. The series is being produced by Reliance Entertainment and Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom films. It will throw light on the life and case files of Maria who was involved in the significant anti-terrorist investigation including 1993 blasts and 26/11 terror attacks. He is also the only cop to have interrogated the terrorist arrested for 26/11, Ajmal Kasab.
Talking about the series Rakesh Maria added that “It is exciting to relive the journey, especially when piloted by a brilliant and sensitive director like Meghna Gulzar, and a production house of the calibre of Reliance Entertainment’s Phantom Films. More than the nostalgia, it’s also a valuable opportunity to place before the people the extraordinary work of the Mumbai Police when facing tough challenges and to work against all the odds.”
Taut files of a top cop! An original series on the life and case files of former Mumbai CP, #RakeshMaria. Excited to be telling these stories with @RelianceEnt @FuhSePhantom & #MadhuMantenahttps://t.co/9rnaYoaOP9 pic.twitter.com/VLpYJRanKw
— Meghna Gulzar (@meghnagulzar) August 6, 2018
The series based on the life of a cop who stood in the front to take on major attacks will surely make a thrilling watch. Earlier his character has been brought to life by Anurag Kashyap in Black Friday with KK Menon essaying the role. Nana Patekar has also portrayed the role of Maria in Ram Gopal Verma’s Attack 26/11. This time the legendary person will be brought to life by Meghna Gulzar.
While talking about the series she said ” Mr Rakesh Maria’s life-experiences and his prolific career in law-enforcement are a powerful lens to explore the chronology of crime and terror, in our society – as a city, as well as, as a country and a geographical region. The potential of this content is limitless, and that is supremely exciting for me. The collaboration with Reliance Entertainment’s Phantom Films and Madhu Mantena – both synonymous with cutting-edge narratives and vision – is a first I’m looking forward to greatly.”
Madhu Mantena, one of the co-founders of the Phantom films added that ” Phantom Films has always been a director’s company. We are very excited about our collaboration with Meghna to produce the series on the illustrious career of Mr Rakesh Maria.”
The details regarding who will portray the role of Maria on the small screen and which streaming service will be airing the series hasn’t been revealed yet. However, Meghna Gulzar and Anurag Kashyap’s involvement has undoubtedly spiked interest in the upcoming series.