Alia ready to meet Mex­i­can drug lords

Bhatt, Shakun Ba­tra to join Nar­cos: Mex­ico cast in a dis­cus­sion on the fu­ture of dig­i­tal en­ter­tain­ment in In­dia

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GIVEN the ru­n­away suc­cess of Nar­cos so far, view­ers are nat­u­rally wait­ing with bated breath for the re­lease of Nar­cos: Mex­ico, con­cep­tu­alised as the fourth sea­son of the crime drama. While it is al­ready known that the show’s lead cast — in­clud­ing Michael Pena, Eric New­man and Diego Luna — is headed to In­dia in the run-up to its re­lease on No­vem­ber 16, mid-day has now learnt that Alia Bhatt has been in­vited to be part of a panel dis­cus­sion with the stars sched­uled for Mon­day. On the cards will be a di­a­logue on what makes the Net­flix orig­i­nal se­ries so pop­u­lar, and the way ahead for dig­i­tal en­ter­tain­ment. Kapoor & Sons (2016) direc­tor Shakun Ba­tra is also ex­pected to join the con­ver­sa­tion.

A source re­veals, “The open­ing dis­cus­sion will be about what makes Nar­cos such a pop­u­lar show in In­dia. But the crux of the chat will be about how on­line stream­ing busi­ness has changed the game of con­tent view­ing in In­dia. This year was im­por­tant for home­grown con­tent as Sa­cred Games marked the first Net­flix orig­i­nal from In­dia. Con­sid­er­ing it has been loved by view­ers across the globe, the panel will also dis­cuss the kind of con­tent that is ex­pected from our in­dus­try in the fu­ture.”

Bhatt and Ba­tra may seem un­usual choices for the di­a­logue, es­pe­cially since nei­ther has for­ayed into the dig­i­tal plat­form. How­ever, the source in­sists, “Alia and Shakun have a fin­ger on the pulse of the mar­ket. They know ex­actly what works on­line.”

‘Alia and Shakun have a fin­ger on the pulse of the mar­ket. They know what works on the dig­i­tal plat­form’ A source

Diego Luna in a still from Nar­cos: Mex­ico; (in­set) Shakun Ba­tra

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