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~ Creator & Director, Atul Mongia shares how far one Mother will go to uncover the truth, as the series, ‘Mai’ releases on April 15, 2022 - only on Netflix~

March 24, 2022: A middle class wife, mother and volunteer nurse witnesses a first hand tragedy that forever changes her world. In an instant, she finds herself sucked into a rabbit hole of violence, crime and power.


Sakshi Tanwar is Mai, as she dons a new avatar (Sheel), who is determined to uncover the truth about the death of her daughter, Supriya. ‘Mai’ is a layered, crime drama and thriller series produced by Karnesh Ssharma of Clean Slate Filmz and directed by Anshai Lal & Atul Mongia.

With Sakshi Tanwar at the helm, Mai hosts an exciting ensemble including actors, Vivek Mushran, Wamiqa Gabbi, Anant Vidhaat, Raima Sen, Ankur Ratan, Prashant Narayan, Vaibhav Raj Gupta and Seema Pahwa.

The series marks the directorial debut for Mai creator, writer and showrunner, Atul Mongia. With the launch of the trailer, Atul opens up (below) how his real life experiences enabled him to create and write ‘Mai’.


“Since childhood, my mother has woken up before the break of dawn and toiled till she couldn’t keep her eyes open any longer. While dabbling in multiple side-careers, she has lived her entire life for her family, a feature not uncommon to Indian mothers.

Just like my mother, despite the many ups and downs in life, Mai too retains her sanctity by shunning the world outside of her family. But, what if her existence were to cross paths with an extremely dire and appalling circumstance?!

At the heart of the series is the Chaudhary family of 2 brothers who live in adjacent houses in the same colony, with their spouses and kids. Sheel, our protagonist, is the wife of the younger brother.


She lives and breathes for her immediate and extended family, making sure the entire house runs like a well-oiled machine, However, through a bizarre twist of fate and choice, Sheel is thrown deep into the world of crime. The series becomes unusually dramatic, yet extremely relatable, because at least on the outset, she still remains, the same humble, simple mother. Just like my mother. And possibly yours as well!

The protagonist of Mai has the maiden name of my own mother, to never forget who “Sheel Chaudhary” really is. Mai, takes the concept of the homely, caring, traditional Indian mother of popular Indian Television and Hindi cinema and pits it against the true existence of the Machiavellian world out there, forcing her and us to challenge our belief systems.”

Mai will launch on April 15, 2022, exclusively on Netflix!


Talking about the series, Karnesh Ssharma, Producer said, “We are excited to bring this story to the world through Netflix, who’ve been a wonderful partner to us with Bulbbul and now, with Mai. Mai tells a gripping yet emotional story of a strong mother’s journey.

Sheel is a multifaceted character, who fights to overcome everything and everyone in her way to avenge her daughter, all while holding on to her vulnerability, which enables audiences to relate and connect to her in a more meaningful way.

The viewers are going to witness a very layered narrative that is full of twists and turns, showcasing how far a mother will go for love and in search of the truth.”


Tanya Bami, Series Head, Netflix India, “Mai is a signature Netflix series that brings together defining storytelling, nuanced performances and deeply thought provoking journey of a mother’s run ins with crime and criminals.

Set in an intriguing world, Mai brings together everything our audiences love and enjoy. A compelling and sensitively handled storyline created by Atul Mongia, a gritty thriller-esque crime drama produced by Clean Slate Filmz and one of the most powerful performances that one has ever seen from Sakshi Tanwar who headlines Mai.”



Sheel’s world comes crashing down when she witnesses a personal tragedy. The once docile and ordinary wife and mother is put under extraordinary circumstances in her quest to uncover the truth.

Sucked into a rabbit hole of violence and power, she finds herself entangled with white collar crime and politics that forever changes her and the world she inhabits.

Production: Clean Slate Filmz
Produced By: Karnesh Ssharma
Executive Producers: Karnesh Ssharma, Sudip Sharma, Atul Mongia and Anshai Lal
Creator & Showrunner: Atul Mongia
Director: Anshai Lal & Atul Mongia
Writers: Atul Mongia, Tamal Sen & Amita Vyas
Cast: Sakshi Tanwar, Vivek Mushran, Wamiqa Gabbi, Anant Vidhaat, Raima Sen, Ankur Ratan, Prashant Narayan, Vaibhav Raj Gupta & Seema Pahwa
Release Date: April 15, 2022

ABOUT CLEAN SLATE FILMZ: Clean Slate Filmz is a progressive and forward-thinking production house established by Karnesh Ssharma in 2013 with a reputation for creating relevant cut-through, clutter-breaking entertainment which connects deeply with multicultural audiences across multiple platforms.

In the mold of Karnesh’s vision, the production house is recognised for nurturing and amplifying quality filmmaking seasoned with an element of risk taking and boundary pushing.

They develop gripping homegrown Indian stories with an appeal to global audiences, with each production placing authentic storylines, characters, and perspectives at its core.

It has to its credit film projects such as NH10, Phillauri, Pari and more recently, the Amazon Original Paatal Lok and the hugely acclaimed Netflix Original film, Bulbbul

Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 222 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries, feature films and mobile games across a wide variety of genres and languages.

Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

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