Instinctive of exactly what the Indian audience desires — more cricket, Amazon Prime Video, the e-commerce giant’s widely-known streaming service is releasing its first original series ‘Inside Edge’ on July 10. This is a sports drama series, which revolves around a T20 cricket match series, showcasing how the play is corrupted by the infamous and mass-spread practice of betting.
For those unaware, Inside Edge has been born out of a partnership between Amazon Prime Video and Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Media and Entertainment. This Amazon original series portrays the power-packed and possibly dangerous behind-the-scenes (BTS) action involved in a cricket league, even if it is just the Powerplay League. And, whether the spiraling world of bookies or betting has been fictionalized or is real, you can be a better judge of the same.
The synopsis of the web series, on Prime Video’s official website, reads as under:
Inside Edge is the story of the Mumbai Mavericks, a T20 cricket franchise playing in the Powerplay League. Set in a landscape of conflicting interests, where selfishness is almost a virtue, where sex, money, and power are mere means to an end, Inside Edge is a story that pulls no punches, minces no words, and takes no prisoners. Come witness the game, behind the game.
Inside Edge has been produced by Excel Media and Entertainment, the media house founded by renowned Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar and film producer Ritesh Sadhwani. The web TV series has been created by screenwriter Karan Anshuman and as the teaser attached above suggests it doesn’t mince words, the corruption, and the excitement associated with cricket in India. It has, however, been stated that, at the end, the series is about love, passion and the courage to stand up once again.
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Commenting on the upcoming release, Nitesh Kripalani, director and country head, Amazon Video India, said:
We are very excited to announce our first Amazon India Original Inside Edge partnering with Excel Media and Entertainment, launching in over 200+ countries worldwide. We Indians love both cricket and entertainment and Excel’s expertise in storytelling makes them the perfect choice for India’s first ever Amazon Original.
Ritesh Sadhwani also comments on their very first web-focused series:
It’s our first step in taking our shows global and Prime is providing us the platform for widening our reach. The creation of this limited-episode series will fuel the next wave in entertainment and we are glad to bring Inside Edge with Amazon to a worldwide audience.
There is presently no word on the number of episodes in the said original series, but Inside Edge will start some of the known faces of Bollywood such as Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha, Sanjay Suri, Angad Bedi, Tanuj Virwani, Siddhanth Chaturvedi, Sarah Jane Dias and Amit Sial. So, get pumped to uncover the reality behind the game you so giddily watch on television sets.