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DIAL 100 thriller to release on Zee5 in August


By SAT News Desk

Mumbai, 19th July 2021: Dial 100 has been amongst the highly awaited films this year, especially with Manoj Bajpayee being the flavor of the season and he teaming up with powerhouse actors Neena Gupta and Sakshi Tanwar. Produced by Sony Pictures Films India, Siddharth M Malhotra and Sapna Malhotra’s Alchemy Films, the thriller suspense film is directed by Rensil D’Silva and will premiere on the world’s largest streaming platform for South Asian content, ZEE5 Global.

The makers recently released the first look of the film, going by which, it appears that Manoj Bajpayee, Neena Gupta and Sakshi Tanwar are a part of a fast-paced thriller replete with several plot twists. The movie unfolds in one night where one call turns everyone’s lives upside down.

Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global says, “We’ve lined up a fantastic slate of content this year for our viewers across the globe and our upcoming release, Dial 100 is key among them. A movie with a stellar cast and production team behind it, Dial 100 is sure to deliver a compelling narrative with noteworthy performances, and keep the viewers on the edge of their seats till the very end”

Vivek Krishnani, Managing Director, Sony Pictures Films India says, “Dial 100 is a film that echoes our vision to present fresh and unique content that connects with audiences. Rarely do we get to see a union of such gifted actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Neena Gupta and Sakshi Tanwar combined with the creative energies of Siddharth Malhotra and director Rensil D’Silva to create such an intelligent and thrilling movie. We are very happy to partner with ZEE5, which is a home for great content, for the world premiere of Dial 100.”

Producer Siddharth P Malhotra, Alchemy Films says, “We are excited and thrilled to partner with like-minded powerhouses like ZEE5 and Sony Pictures Film India and bring forth one of the most awaited movies of this year. The movie’s script was one of its most powerful elements which has been executed even more beautifully by the cast and crew, taking the movie a notch up.”

Director Rensil D’Silva says, “Dial 100 is a fast-paced, edge of the seat, thriller film which unfolds in one night. This movie would not have been the same without the involvement of the powerhouse star cast and I am so glad that we were able to do this together. The movie with its many twists is sure to surprise the audience and keep them enthralled from start to end.”

Dial 100 will premiere soon on ZEE5

Source- Zee5

Break Point – Leander Paes & Mahesh Bhupathi’s incredible journey on Zee5 soon


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 8 July 2021: ZEE5, is all set to present the untold story of the titans of tennis Leander Paes-Mahesh Bhupathi, their partnership, and the bitter break-up with ‘BREAK POINT’. ZEE5 has partnered with the award-winning filmmaker duo Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari to helm this sports docu- drama based on the on-court glory and off-court lives of the living legends.

A hint of ‘BREAK POINT’ was conveyed through a Twitter banter between the duo, on 4th July 2021, the 22nd anniversary of their ionic Wimbledon win. The series is a telling narrative on their friendship, their passion for the sport, the intricacies of their relationships and the strains on it in the context of unparalleled success. The duo were one of the most feared doubles pair during the late 1990s, and even ranked world number 1 in the year 1999.

“I’m really excited to share our story with everyone. There’s been a lot of talk about Leander and Mahesh over the years, but the idea of inspiring the next generation, and sharing the moments with those who have supported us through the years, by telling our story, is what persuaded me to say yes to BREAK POINT. Friendships are what enrich our lives, and in BREAK POINT, people will witness the tests a true friendship needs to go through to survive. I can’t wait for everyone to witness it unfold on ZEE5”, added Leander Paes.

The web series will not just take the tennis lovers on a tour, but it will also have a unique concept called fan box; a medium where the fan’s point of view is recorded and placed in front of Lee-Hesh. They would be made to answer some of the most direct questions from the fans and thus capture not just the perspective of players and coaches but also fans. This would allow tennis fans to become part of the narrative and not just be passive viewers.

The Married Women – Ekta Kapoor’s web-series on same sex relationship from 8 March 2021 on AltBalaji & Zee5

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 2 March 2021: Based on Manju Kapoor’s 2002 novel “A Married Woman”, woven around complexities in a same-sex relationship, AITBalaji & Zee5 start streaming the web-series from March 8, 2021. Set in the 1990s, the story revolves around Astha, a dutiful wife and a doting mother, who sets out on a journey of self-discovery after she meets Peeplika Khan.

In an interview, the author narrates how she, along with any other married woman can definitely relate to Aastha as most of them are brought up to get married, run a house and couldn’t think of a career for themselves that would be above their family. While talking about the message she said that, “I wanted to show that, this is the way men and women function together and this is the way women are sometimes forced to function in a family. If you’re holding up a mirror and saying that things are like this and they need to change then that’s the message.”

Astha, a young woman brought up in Delhi in a typical middle-class household, was forced to succumb to her parents finding her a husband in the traditional arranged manner. Set against the backdrop of communal unrest in India over Ayodhya, the story seeks to explore unrest within Astha’s life. Her marriage becomes questionable after she involves herself in the outer world of rebellion and protest.

Astha meets Peeplika, a grieving widow of a Muslim protester, whom she had admired and who died in the violence in Ayodhya. There follows what has been called a torrid affair between Astha and Pipeelika: The two women cross social boundaries to find solace and understanding in each other’s arms. Kapur writes about sexual encounters without literary inhibitions.

Producer Ekta Kapoor writes on Twitter, “Creative spaces are at times compelled to conform to boundaries. As a creator, I have challenged those norms, at times pushed the envelope. This is the freedom we crave, we celebrate. However, I am cognisant that freedom comes with responsibility.”

She adds, “That’s what my show is … creative freedom to tell a different story with responsibility towards my viewers while respecting the creative desires of my team”.

Ridhi Dogra, who makes her digital debut with the show, says, “It’s not just a story about two women and same-sex relationship, it’s much more than that. As an artist, I really didn’t have any inhibition. I think this is a huge opportunity for me, great space and I am so glad that I waited so long for this one.”

Monica Dogra, who plays the second lead in the show, believes, “I am super excited about this project as it’s my debut in the webspace. I could not have asked for anything better than this for my digital debut. I have been known as a musician and for having played a few roles on the big screen, but this project gives me an opportunity to showcase my acting skills to the fullest.”

Giving details of the series, director Sahir Raza says: “This series is a beautiful project. The story that has been woven is fabulous. I am really glad that Ekta Kapoor and everyone agreed to let me be part of the project. It is such a different concept that most people would fall in love with it even when they read it on paper. That’s what happened to me. I feel shows like these should be made for every format. Cinema shouldn’t be molded by anyone’s morality. I feel that love should not be put into any kind of a box.”

He adds, “We did workshops with Ridhi and Monica and then we had a very straight, open conversation with them about a few particular scenes, including the ones where the two actors had to kiss each other. We, including the crew, informed them that we would like to make such scenes comfortable for them and asked them to suggest us things that would make them comfortable.”

The cast includes Suhaas Ahuja, Imaad Shah, Divya Seth Shah, Ayesha Raza, Rahul Vohra, and Nadira Babbar.

Sources- counterview.net, ALTBalaji & 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.”