Tag: Zee5

Preview: Asim Abbasi’s rebellious Pak serial ‘Churails’ on Zee5


By SAT News Desk

Leeds based Asim Abbasi, British-Pakistani filmmaker’s ‘Churails’ is releasing on 11 August on the Zee5 streaming service in India. Hopefully, it can be seen in Australia also. The 10-episodes women-centric serial is about 50 minutes or so long each and “…tackles sexual stereotypes in groundbreaking new drama series,..”, says the gurdian.com.

The zee5.com says, Churails is a ZEE5 Exclusive Zindagi Original series starring Sarwat Gillani, Mehar Bano, Nirma Bucha, and Yasra Rizvi. Set in Karachi, the series revolves around four young women who form a secret detective agency under the guise of a fashion store named ‘Halal Designs’ with the purpose of finding and exposing unfaithful husbands amongst Karachi’s elite.”

Well, it looks, the serial is likely to fly sparks amidst the never-ending India-Pakistan sniping. A story in dawn.com.says, ” The stakes behind Churails are high, but not because of its subject matter, or its association with an Indian streaming platform inching its way to local consumers at a price point cheaper than Netflix, or the resulting reopening of floodgates of Indian content in Pakistan (one Zee5 subscription gives access to Indian soaps, dramas, and movies). The issue, disgruntled voices from the industry say, compounds all of these aspects together.

ZEE5 Global unveils its plans for Bangladesh

Photo: Zee5 Global

By SAT News Desk

Dhaka, 15 January 2020: ‘Stronger Together’ was the theme at the event held In Dhaka yesterday where ZEE5, the largest global video streaming platform for South Asians and beyond, shared its plans for Bangladesh and the rollout of various initiatives that underscore its firm commitment to driving growth in the market through strong local collaboration. The announcements were received by a massively positive response from a room packed with Minsters, the entire advertising and media fraternity, the who’s who of the Bangladeshi television and film industry, and journalists.

Among the multiple announcements made was the launch of ZEE5’s first Bangladeshi Originals: a web series and a movie, both to be released within the next few months. Both Originals are being produced in partnership with local production house Asiatic’s Good Company and will have an all-local star cast.

First up for launch is a romantic movie titled Jodi.. Kintu.. Tobuo. Directed by Shihab Shaheen, this movie will take the audiences on a journey of what happens when a groom gets cold feet before his wedding day.

Contract, a web series based on a novel written by Mohammad Najim Uddin, is another ZEE5 Original Series in the works. This is a cat and mouse thriller about a contract killer, a police cop and an underworld don. The series is being directed by Krishnendu Chatterjee, Tanim Noor, and Parthe Sarkar.

ZEE5 also shared details of its upcoming Talent Hunt titled ‘Bangladesh’s Global Superstar’ which will be launched within January. Providing a global stage to the vast local talent in Bangladesh, this talent hunt will give them an opportunity to conquer the OTT entertainment world with a chance to feature in ZEE5 Originals that get viewed across 190+ countries.

Commenting on the announcements, Amit Goenka, CEO, ZEE International and ZEE5 Global said, ”Localization is a very key part of our agenda this year as we look to establish deeper relationships with markets. Bangladesh has always been a high priority market, and we look to strengthen our ties further through strong local collaborations. Bangladesh will be the very first market in which we will be rolling out local language productions and I’m also very happy to share that we plan to have a local office here soon.”

Talking about the initiatives and ZEE5’s strong focus on Bangladesh, Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global said, “Bangladesh is a young country poised for massive growth, and the possibilities are tremendous. We’re very excited to be here in Dhaka to share the various initiatives that we will be rolling out over the next few months along with our local partners. Our vision is one of true collaboration in this very exciting market where both of us grow and learn together to scale new heights.”

Zee5 – Labara streaming platform unleashes South Asian entertainment tsunami in Australia

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 18 September: Indian/South Asian entertainment enthusiasts are in for a big bonanza in Australia, with the Zee5-Lebara digital platform bringing in about 100,000 hours of on-demand movies, originals, TV programs, videos and news content to customers.


“Australia is an extremely important market for us as we expand across the globe and we’re extremely excited to announce our very first partnership with local telecom operator, Labara Australia.”

“With this partnership, we’re looking to increase our presence in Australia using Labara Australia’s subscriber base which will now have access to the best of Indian entertainment on any device of their choice,” continues Anand.

Ash Saini, General Manager, Labara Australia, says “We are thrilled to have partnered with ZEE5 in Australia and we cannot wait for all our users to sample the huge library of content that ZEE5 has to offer.”

“With a huge appetite for Indian entertainment amongst our ethnic market, we are very excited to launch our bundles with ZEE5 subscriptions and we aim to ensure that every individual on the go uses ZEE5 as a one-stop destination to consume the best of Indian entertainment,” continues Saini.


Zee5 is available in 17 languages and includes leading Hindi TV shows (e.g. Kum Kum Bhagya and Jodhaa Akbar); the latest ZEE5 Originals (e.g. The Final Call with Arjun Rampal, Kaafir with Dia Mirza) and 2000+ movies (e.g. Simba with Ranveer Singh, Kedarnath with Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput, and Veere Di Wedding with Kareena Kapoor Khan).

Popular Tamil TV shows (e.g. Sembaruthi, Yaaradi Nee Mohini and Poove Poochoodava), blockbuster Tamil films (e.g. Mapla Singam, Mersal, and Kalavu) and ZEE5 Originals (e.g. Auto Shankar and Thiravam) are also available to subscribers, along with 60+ live streaming TV channels including India’s largest news stations.

ZEE5 is available using Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV, Android TVs and Amazon Fire TV, and via Google Play Store, iOS App Store and www.zee5.com.