Streaming platform ZEE5 yesterday unveiled its upcoming India slate that features over 100 movie and web series titles, including Huma Qureshi-starrer movie ‘Tarla’, sequel to Manoj Bajpayee’s ‘Silence’, and second season of Sunil Grover’s ‘Sunflower’.
The upcoming line-up, including originals in Hindi and regional languages, sequels of series, direct to digital releases, post-theatrical launches and docu-series, was announced on the occasion of ZEE5’s fifth-year anniversary, as a part of the streamer’s event titled Hooked to 5.
Touted as India’s largest home-grown video streaming platform, ZEE5 has partnered with prominent production houses like Dharma Productions, Salman Khan Films, Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment, Applause Entertainment, Bhanushali Studios, The Viral Fever (TVF) and Goldie Behl’s Rose Audio Visuals, PTI reported from New Delhi.
The streamer has joined hands with filmmakers such as Sudhir Mishra, Vikas Bahl, Vivek Agnihotri, and Nagraj Manjule to narrate stories featuring powerhouse performers like Salman Khan, Pankaj Tripathi, Huma Qureshi, Sonali Bendre, Arya, Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte, among others.
The content line-up features sequels of original series like Grover’s ‘Sunflower’ S2; ‘Taj: Reign of Revenge’ starring Aashim Gulati, Naseeuddin Shah and Dharmendra; TVF’s ‘Humorously Yours’ S3 featuring Abhishek Banerjee and Rasika Dugal; Gulshan Devaiah’s ‘Duranga’ S2; Qureshi-led ‘Mithya’ S2; Guneet Monga’s ‘Gyarah Gyarah’ (11:11) and Mishra’s ‘Crime Beat’, among others.
The direct-to-digital movies include Manoj Bajpayee’s ‘Sirf Ek Banda Kaafi Hai’ and ‘Silence’ 2, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s ‘Haddi’ and ‘Love is Blind’, Pankaj Tripathi’s ‘Kadak Singh’; Sunny Deol’s post-theatrical ‘Gadar 2’; and power-packed regional titles like ‘Vetrimaaran’ and Vijay Sethupathi’s ‘Viduthalai – Part 1
Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 India, said 2023 has begun on an encouraging note and that they are looking forward to audience response to their upcoming slate which includes a wide spectrum of diverse content offerings.
“2023 holds a significant meaning for us, as we mark the fifth anniversary by presenting a carefully curated line-up featuring the best of talents from the entertainment industry across languages. ZEE5 clocked 100 bn+ streaming minutes in FY ’23. This is a testament to the fact that we have grown exponentially by investing in creativity and innovation, enhancing viewing experiences and offering increased value to the viewers,” Kalra said in a statement.
Punit Misra, President, Content & International Markets, ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, said at ZEE5 it is their mission to celebrate multi-dimensionality of people through stories that “ignite the audience’s imagination, shape their beliefs and inspire them.”
Nimisha Pandey, Chief Content Officer, Hindi Originals, ZEE5, said they are thrilled to bring stories and characters that would take audiences into new spaces.
“The new slate that we’ve curated brings forth fresh seasons of our most loved series and some new titles that we hope audiences will enjoy. We’re working with some brilliant creators who share our vision and passion of broadening the horizons of storytelling,” Pandey said.