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Matka King: Nagraj Manjule directs Vijay Varma in Prime Video's crime thriller, filming underway | Here's the latest update

Production begins for Matka King on Prime Video, a 1960s Mumbai crime saga.

Matka King: Nagraj Manjule directs Vijay Varma in Prime Video's crime thriller, filming underway | Here's the latest update
Vijay Varma in Matka King

Last Updated: 03.23 PM, Jun 12, 2024


Production on Matka King, Prime Video's next crime thriller, has officially started, the streaming service revealed. The series was produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur's Roy Kapur Films, Nagraj Manjule, Gargi Kulkarni, Ashish Aryan, and Ashwini Sidwani. Nagraj Manjule is also a director and writer, with Abhay Koranne and Manjule serving as co-writers. As soon as it's finished filming, the series will be accessible on Prime Video.

Plot overview of Matka King

In the series Matka King, starring Vijay Varma, a cotton dealer in 1960s Mumbai introduces a new gambling game named "Matka" with the aim of gaining respectability. This game sweeps the city, democratising a previously exclusive landscape.

Siddharth Jadhav, Kritika Kamra, Sai Tamhankar, and Gulshan Grover are all part of the intriguing ensemble cast of the series.

Directed by Nagraj Manjule

Matka King, which Manjule directed and whose previous work includes the highly acclaimed Sairat, promises a compelling story that will keep viewers interested. Abhay Koranne, one of the project's co-writers, is excited about the prospect of delving into society's complexity through an enthralling story. People are hoping for a movie that combines entertaining content with thought-provoking commentary, thanks to Manjule's distinctive style and Varma's acting chops.

Fans are waiting breathlessly for more information, such as the release date, but one thing is certain: Matka King will take viewers on an enthralling adventure into the underbelly of Mumbai, revealing a world where ambition, power, and destiny intertwine.

Historical inspiration: Ratan Khetri

According to all indications, Matka King is based on the life of gambling industry trailblazer Ratan Khetri. By elevating Matka to the status of the world's preeminent betting racket, he set up a system of illegal gambling that lasted for decades under his reign.

He suggested using fictional goods to attract people. In an earthen pot, he placed the numbered chits. Following his random selection of the chits, he revealed the winners. The matka industry was thriving in the 1980s, with monthly wagers approaching Rs. 500 crore. The fact that the consumers allegedly opened the card while Khatri was present supports his bets. He faced a 19-month jail term during the emergency period.

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