ZEE5 announces its latest direct-to-digital film, ‘India Lockdown’

ZEE5 announces its latest direct-to-digital film, ‘India Lockdown’

National,November 2022: ZEE5, India’s largest home-grown video streaming platform, announced its latest original film ‘India Lockdown’. After the success of the comedy-drama ‘Babli Bouncer’, national award-winning director Madhur Bhandarkar will be headlining this hard-hitting film. Inspired by true events, ‘India Lockdown’ depicts four parallel stories and the repercussions of the covid pandemic on the people of India. Produced by Dr. Jayantilal Gada of PEN Studios, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Bhandarkar Entertainment and Pranav Jain’s P J Motions Pictures, ‘India Lockdown’ is the first Indian feature film on covid pandemic. The movie stars Shweta Basu Prasad, Aahana Kumra, Prateik Babbar, Sai Tamhankar and Prakash Belawadi in key roles

Written by Amit Joshi and Aradhana Sah with Madhur Bhandarkar, ‘India Lockdown’ explores the lives of disparate characters who are catapulted into an unforeseen dramatic situation instigated by the lockdown due to the corona pandemic. The four parallel stories explored are that of a father-daughter duo who are stuck in different cities during a crucial high point in the daughter’s life; a sex worker and the hardships she goes through in her personal and professional life due to the lockdown, a migrant worker who barely manages to provide bread and butter for his family and an airhostess who for the first time has some downtime compelling her to introspect.

Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 India said, “We are delighted to announce our upcoming original film ‘India Lockdown’. It is an exciting collaboration with Madhur Bhandakar who knows and understands the pulse of the viewers and has a talent to tell stories inspired by true events. This film narrates stories of ordinary people from across India and what they went through in the lockdown imposed due to the corona pandemic. We at ZEE5 believe in and always strive to bring forth path breaking content which is relatable yet engaging and this film truly encapsulates all that and more”.

Director Madhur Bhandarkar said,“Lockdown was a tough phase for many as people struggled to make ends meet and that gave seed to a thought to make a film on people affected by the lockdown. ‘India Lockdown’ is a product of my observations, and it depicts raw stories of real people across various walks of life. This is a film that will resonate with many in some or the other way and I am glad that it will release on ZEE5 and reach out to so many people across the world”.

ZEE5 announces its latest direct-to-digital film, ‘India Lockdown’

Dr. Jayantilal Gada, Chairman & MD of Pen Studios said, “We at Pen Studios have always associated with great content and talented directors. India Lockdown is just that. It has a very relevant story, and everyone shall identify with it in one way or another as no one is a stranger to pandemic. Madhur Bhandarkar is a master storyteller, and we are happy to associate with him and such content driven cinema.”

India Lockdown will exclusively premiere on ZEE5

ZEE5 announces Manoranjan Festival 2022 streaming 35+ premium content for all viewers as a festive offering

Telugu Super news, India, October 2022: ZEE5, India and Bharat’s largest home-grown video streaming platform and multilingual storyteller for millions of entertainment seekers, is all set to bring on Diwali with fervour and unlimited entertainment for its AVOD users with the annual campaign, ZEE5 Manoranjan Festival (ZMF). Set to be held from 22nd to the 28th of October 2022, ZEE5 Manoranjan Festival will see a slew of premium and successful SVOD content titles streamed across languages, at zero cost. The initiative is in line with the brand’s vision to empower audiences with quality choices and binge-on to the latest hits from the content library of ZEE5.

During the 7-day festival 35+ premium titles will be available for the AVOD audiences from across genres – thrillers, fiction, romance etc. The line-up includes titles like Varudu Kaavalenu, Geetha Govindam, Ek Love Ya, Aranmanai 3, Oh My Kadavule, Kalki, Rashmi Rocket, 14 Phere, and Dream Girl among many others.

Launching the campaign, Mr. Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 India said, “There is a growing appetite for quality content, compelling stories, and varied genres on OTT platforms across markets including the tier II and III cities. We have designed the ZEE5 Manoranjan Festival to cater to that demand by making some of our popular content properties accessible to larger audiences. It has always been an endeavour to democratize the accessibility of quality content while offering better value propositions to our consumers. We hope our viewers enjoy the premium ZEE5 content slate as they celebrate the festivities.”

Talking about the campaign, Mr. Abhirup Datta, Head – AVOD Marketing, ZEE5 said, “There has been an exponential growth in the number of AVOD viewers and with that, the demand for exclusive content has also seen an uptick. The overwhelming response and success of the ZEE5 Manoranjan Festival last year cemented our decision to bring this campaign back, on a much larger scale. With this campaign, we aim to empower ZEE5’s audiences with choice by bringing a wide selection of premium SVOD content titles across languages, at no cost for a limited period. We certainly do hope that our offerings will be appreciated and enjoyed by our audiences across the country.”

Currently the highest-growing OTT platform in India as per latest industry reports, ZEE5 is known for its diversified content across 100+ taste clusters and its focus on real, relevant, and resonant storytelling. Today, ZEE5 is home to over 5 lakhs+ hours of on-demand content and 160+ live TV channels. With a rich library of over 3500 films, 1750 TV shows, 700 originals, ZEE5 offers content in 12 Indian languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, and Punjabi. The platform has an exciting line-up for 2022 that will add to its extensive library of content, offering a wider array of catalogue to entertainment seekers

ZEE5 announces the World Digital Premiere of the blockbuster Telugu Movie – ‘Karthikeya – 2’

ZEE5 announces the World Digital Premiere of the blockbuster Telugu Movie - ‘Karthikeya – 2’

ZEE5, India’s largest home-grown video on demand streaming platform, today announced the premiere of the successful Telugu movie – ‘Karthikeya 2’. Writtenand directed by Chandoo Mondeti, this mystery action-adventure saga boasts of an ensemble cast with Nikhil Siddharth and Anupama Parameswaran in lead roles. The movie will also see Harsha Chemudu, Adithya Menon, Srinivasa Reddy in prominent roles and legendary actor – Anupam Kher in a cameo. Karthikeya – 2’ will premiere on the platform on October 5 in Telugu, Tamil & Hindi languages.

ZEE5 announces the World Digital Premiere of the blockbuster Telugu Movie - ‘Karthikeya – 2’

After receiving a great response in the first instalment, the makers introduced its sequel which also garnered a phenomenal response from the audience. The movie received an epic response at the Box-office and became a blockbuster with a collection of 120+ Crs. Highlighting the Hindu mythology, the mystery thriller exhibits the hills of Govardhan, lanes of Dwaraka, the desert of Bundelkhand and rivers of Himachal Pradesh reflecting India’s splendid diversity. Produced by Abhishek Agarwal Arts and People Media Factory, Karthikeya – 2’ navigates through protagonist Karthikeya’s pursuit for the truth. It leads him to find out the power of the ancient Indian belief system and Tatva of Lord Sri Krishna.

With Karthik Ghattamneni’s top-notch cinematography and Kaala Bhairava’s music, Karthikeya 2’s mystical universe successfully narrates the story. Premiering on the platform in 3 languages, the film will cater to the audience across 190+ countries and territories.  So, brace yourselves for the premiere of this spectacular mystic thriller on 5th October 2022.

Mr. Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 India said, “It’s a matter of pride to onboard the highest Telugu grosser ‘Karthikeya 2’ on our platform. The film is relatable with strong performances, high level animation bundled with an astonishing storyline – a combination of mythology and modern science. At ZEE5, we believe in showcasing content which challenges conventions and Karthikeya 2 represents that. Telugu is an important market for us and we have been consistent in expanding our presence in this market and will continue to bolster our Telugu content funnel with relatable and quality content.”

Commenting on the film Nikhil Siddhartha expressed “Being an integral part of a magnum opus franchise like Karthikeya 2 was indeed a pleasure. The film has the right mix of mythology combined with modern science. The story-telling experience is vivid, and I would want a larger set of audience to witness it. This is only possible once it releases on a platform like ZEE5 that caters to 190+ countries. I cannot wait for viewers to experience the opulence and epicness of Karthikeya 2.”

ZEE5 announces the World Digital Premiere of the blockbuster Telugu Movie - ‘Karthikeya – 2’

Anupama Parameswaran further added ““Getting under the skin of Mugdha was a truly a surreal experience. Discovering clues and trying to unearth hidden truths as members of a secret society was like a walking in a museum. I have been a history fanatic all my life. I love reading about codes, symbols, archaeologists, ancient excavations and more. The story of Karthikey 2 captivated me so much I had to give a nod. Through the OTT release, I am glad this captivating story reaches many more.”

“After a roaring success at box office, I was overwhelmed. As a filmmaker, I have always been fascinated by stories of Indian mythology. But my vision is to get maximum audience to witness this movie and make them aware of our Indian Mythology. With ZEE5 premiering it in 3 languages, we are taking it to every length and breadth of the nation and I am sure the OTT release will another blockbuster performance. Director – Chandoo Mondeti concluded.