Netflix announces crime-drama Rana Naidu, starring Rana Daggubati and Venkatesh Daggubati

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Baahubali’s Balaldev a.k.a. Rana Daggubati will be seen sharing screen space with his uncle Venkatesh Daggubati in Netflix’s upcoming crime-drama series Rana Naidu. Produced by Locomotive Global Inc., the series is an official adaptation of the SHOWTIME American popular drama series ‘Ray Donovan ‘and will commence shooting soon.

The action-drama will follow the life of Rana Naidu, the go-to guy for everyone in Bollywood when they have a problem. The format rights are licensed by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. Karan Anshuman is the showrunner and the director and joining him to co-direct is Suparn Verma.

Rana Daggubati said: “It’s lots of special firsts for me. Working with my uncle Venkatesh and the first with Netflix in long form storytelling that’s completely different from what both of us have ever done in our careers. I’m extremely happy to be with a crew and a platform that knows this the best. It will be challenging & new and definitely going to be fun. Looking forward to filming soon.”

“I cannot wait to work with Rana (Daggubati), we are going to have a blast on-set and this show is the perfect project for us to work on. I am a huge fan of Ray Donovan myself and the entire team is pulling in all the stops to ensure we do justice to it,” added Venkatesh Daggubati.

Monika Shergill, VP, Content, Netflix India, said: “We are excited to bring the powerhouse performers and stars Rana Daggubatti and Venkatesh Daggubatti to Netflix for their first ever pairing together. The series, Rana Naidu, will be a thrilling Indian adaptation of a record-breaking international show and will take the audience on a breathless ride with the dynamic duo.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Sunder Aaron of Locomotive Global Inc. and NETFLIX on this new version of ‘Rana Naidu’ (Ray Donovan) for the Indian market,” said Roxanne Pompa, Vice President, Formats at ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. “It is remarkable to see the adaptation of the storylines and the transformation of the characters and how well they fit into the local landscape and culture.”

Sunder Aaron from Locomotive Global Inc. said:  “Rana Naidu is going to be an extraordinary and thrilling show for its viewers. Mounting a series of this magnitude for Netflix and with our top quality cast, showrunner, directors and production team is both a real privilege and an enormous responsibility for LGI. We are just getting rolling and cannot wait for the world to meet a new kind of Indian hero in Rana Naidu!”

Cast:  Rana Daggubbati, Venkatesh Daggubbati

Producer: Locomotive Global Inc.

Showrunner: Karan Anshuman

Directors: Karan Anshuman, Suparn Verma

Format Rights: ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group

Locomotive Global Inc

Locomotive Global Inc. (LGI) was co-founded in 2013 by media and entertainment industry executives, Sunder Aaron and Scott Anderson. LGI is a US incorporated company that holds several media assets and operates primarily in the US and India, focused on developing, producing and distributing Indian- themed global quality television and film content for the Indian market and around the world. Through its India based subsidiary, Locomotive Global Media LLP (LGM), LGI incubates and operates its India media business. The company has an active development slate that includes both scripted drama series as well as feature films. LGI is also active in programming sales and distribution across broadcast TV and OTT platforms. LGI has distributed television programming to major broadcasting companies in India, including series and movies licensed to Star TV, HBO and Zee Television Networks. LGI has supplier relationships with several Western content companies including Lakeshore Entertainment, Screen Media, NBCU and ITV. In 2019, LGI became the exclusive remake rights holder for the critically acclaimed CBS Studios International/Showtime drama series Ray Donovan. LGI is based in Mumbai, India and Los Angeles, California.

ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group

ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group is the leading distributor of premium content across multiple media platforms throughout the global marketplace. The division’s portfolio is comprised of some of the world’s most recognized brands, including feature films and television programs from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, Paramount Players, Paramount Animation, CBS Studios, CBS Media Ventures, CBS News, SHOWTIME Networks, Nickelodeon, MTV Entertainment Group and Miramax. The division also has the largest distributed library of series and film titles, including global franchises such as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “NCIS,” “Star Trek,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Transformers,” “Mission: Impossible,” and more. In addition, the division licenses a diverse lineup of scripted and unscripted formats for local production and international co-productions. ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group is a division of ViacomCBS Inc.