Mumbai, Feb 14 (IANS) On the occasion of its first anniversary the OTT platform, ZEE5 launched 72 original shows in six different languages on Thursday.
Several digital shows like ‘Mirror’, ‘The Final Call’, ‘Bandit Queena’, ‘Hutatma’, ‘Poison’ will be releasing throughout the year, along with the new seasons of the popular web series like ‘Rangbaaz’ and ‘Karenjit Kaur’.
Talking about the film ‘The Sholey Girl’ lead actress Bidita Bag told IANS here: “I am playing the character of Reshma Pathan who was the first ever stunt woman of Indian cinema. As a child, I was very curious to know who does all the action for women. It is wonderful that I have got a chance to narrate the story of such a brave woman who was way ahead of her time.”
Bollywood actors and filmmakers like Arjun Rampal, Pooja Bhatt, Guneet Monga, Arbaaz Khan, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Goldie Behl among others attended the event.
Talking about ‘377: Aab normal’ digital film, Maanvi Gangroo said: “The story of our film revolves around the decriminalization of the Act 377 and how a few characters of the film go through the journey. I am playing a lesbian character, which is very different from all my earlier work.”
Asked about if making more films on homosexuality can resolve the issue of homophobia, she said, “Though there is law decriminalising homosexuality, it will take time to change people’s mind. Homophobia exists as a result of lack of knowledge and awareness.
“I think since entertainment is one of the popular forms that we all consume; these contents will be instrumental in bringing about a change. Right representation of LGBTQ community is important.”
“Hutatma” is a Marathi web series featuring Anjali Patil and Vaibhav Tatvavadi.
The story of the show is set in the 1960s when the movement for a united Maharashtra took place. Back then Maharashtra, Gujarat and a part of Mysore were one state which later separated based on language.”
“Our film is a fictional story based on the real-life incident,” he added.
The ‘Newton’ famed actress Anjali is playing a pivotal role in the show and according to her, this is one of the interesting characters she has in her career.
“With my character Vidyut, I have traveled with time to an era and lived an important part of our history. Those days, women were strong yet vulnerable, and their body language was very different,” said the National Award-winning actress.