Netflix Indian Originals featured prominently in August, with the return of two popular series and the debut of the global hit Original Film Darlings. And who wouldn’t love a new cartoon series about a little girl and her pet elephant? Here are all of the new Indian movies and series added to Netflix in August 2022.
Before we dig in, we should give you a quick heads up that there’s a bunch of prominent Indian movies set to leave Netflix US in October 2022.
N = Netflix Original
New Indian Movies on Netflix: August 2022
Runtime: 103 Minutes
Director: Nachiket Samant
Cast: Karan Dave, Vedashree Mahajan, Mayur Khandge
Genre: Family | Added to Netflix: August 1
Ten-year-old Manya wants to travel to Mumbai to find the girl he loves, but the only way to do so is by landing a spot on his village’s traveling kabaddi team. The problem is, the game of kabaddi requires a player to repeat the word “kabaddi” over and over while he tries to score a point, and Manya has a speech disorder that makes him stutter. What’s a boy in love to do?
Pakka Commercial (2022)
Runtime: 149 Minutes
Cast: Gopichand, Raashi Khanna, Rao Ramesh
Genre: Social Issue, Courtroom Drama | Added to Netflix: August 4
A family of lawyers is fractured when money-minded Lucky agrees to defend a corrupt developer in a fraud case, with Lucky’s morally righteous father representing the couple who filed the suit. The house is thrown into chaos when Lucky’s girlfriend sides with his dad.
Darlings (2022) N
Runtime: 134 Minutes
Director: Jasmeet K. Reen
Cast: Alia Bhatt, Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma
Genre: Dark Comedy, Thriller | Added to Netflix: August 5
In the dark comedy Darlings, an abused wife turns the tables on her violent husband, with a little help from her mother. But kidnapping and torture aren’t as easy as they look. With Darlings — which became Netflix’s biggest-opening Indian Original Film upon its debut — Alia Bhatt now stars in all three of the Indian movies that have spent the most time in Netflix’s weekly Top 10 rankings (the others being RRR and Gangubai Kathiawadi).
Happy Birthday (2022)
Runtime: 154 Minutes
Director: Ritesh Rana
Cast: Lavanya Tripathi, Naresh Agastya, Vennela Kishore
Genre: Comedy | Added to Netflix: August 7
The surreal comedy Happy Birthday imagines what might happen if everyone in India were allowed — even encouraged — to own a gun. The stories of a bunch of gun-toting strangers intertwine at a fancy hotel on the night of an extravagant celebration.
Shabaash Mithu (2022)
Runtime: 154 Minutes
Director: Srijit Mukherji
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vijay Raaz, Geeta Agrawal Sharma
Genre: Sports, Biopic | Added to Netflix: August 11
Shabaash Mithu stars Taapsee Pannu as legendary cricket captain Mithali Raj, who led India to the finals of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Tamil and Telugu dialogue options are available in the film’s audio menu.
Runtime: 152 Minutes
Director: Sabbir Khan
Cast: Abhimanyu Dasani, Shirley Setia, Shilpa Shetty
Genre: Action, Comedy | Added to Netflix: August 13
By-the-book transportation officer Avni tries to turn her slacker brother-in-law Adi into a responsible adult, but threats against Avni from the owner of a predatory taxi company force Adi to become something even more heroic. Nikamma is a remake of the 2017 Telugu film Middle Class Abbayi.
Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga (2022)
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Director: Srijit Mukherji
Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Sayani Gupta, Neeraj Kabi
Genre: Comedy, Social Issue Drama | Added to Netflix: August 19
The ailing leader of an impoverished village comes up with an unorthodox way to cure his town’s financial woes — sacrifice himself to a tiger. Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga is the last film to feature music by popular playback singer KK, who died a month before the movie’s release.
HIT: The First Case (2022)
Runtime: 132 Minutes
Director: Sailesh Kolanu
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Sanya Malhotra, Dalip Tahil
Genre: Thriller | Added to Netflix: August 27
Director Sailesh Kolanu helms the Hindi remake of his own his own 2020 Telugu film HIT: The First Case. This time, Rajkummar Rao plays a brilliant detective tasked with solving two abduction cases, including the kidnapping of his own girlfriend.
New Indian Series on Netflix: August 2022
Indian Matchmaking (2022) N
Cast: Sima Taparia
Genre: Reality, Romance, Dating | Added to Netflix: August 10
Professional matchmaker Sima Taparia returns to help new and old clients ditch their picky preferences and find life-long romantic partners. Season 1’s hilarious “villain” Aparna is one of Sima’s returning clients. Will the comedy-hating lawyer from Texas have better luck finding love this time?
Deepa & Anoop (2022) N
Cast: Pavan Bharaj, Adam Nurada, Ana Sani
Genre: Kids, Animation | Added to Netflix: August 15
Netflix’s cute new Original animated series Deepa & Anoop follows the everyday adventures of a girl named Deepa and her best friend — a color-changing little elephant named Anoop. Most of the episodes feature two short stories about the buddies and the rest of Deepa’s family, who run a bed & breakfast called Mango Manor. This show is adorable.
Delhi Crime (Season 2) N
Cast: Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang, Rasika Dugal
Genre: Crime, Thriller | Added to Netflix: August 26
The well-regarded Hindi crime series Delhi Crime is back for a second season. This time, Inspector Vartika (Shefali Shah) and her team must solve a gruesome quadruple murder, with evidence pointing to a crime syndicate that went underground decades ago. Season 2 is slightly shorter overall, with five episodes compared to Season 1’s seven, and episodes that run about eight minutes shorter on average.
Which of the newly added Indian movies and series will you be watching? Let us know in the comments below!