As far as releasing OTT content is concerned, there is nobody who does it better than ZEE5. With back to back releases of films and web series, ZEE5’s content library is full of entertainment and throughout 2020, they have delivered some of the best movies/series.
Here is a list of five ZEE5 originals that will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride.
Chintu Ka Birthday – This family drama revolves around a 6-year-old named Chintu, stuck in Iraq with his family in the times of Saddam’s fall. A simple, innocent aspiration to celebrate a child’s birthday is beautifully compared to worldly problems in this unique narrative of an endearing middle-class family tackling the extraordinary situation of the war. Starring Vinay Pathak, Tillotama Shome, Seema Pahwa, Reginald Barnes, Nate Scholz, Vedant Raj Chibber, Bisha Chaturvedi, Khalid Massou and Mir Mehroos, ‘Chintu Ka Birthday’ is directed by National Award-winning filmmakers Satyanshu & Devanshu Singh and produced by First Draft Ent.
Watch the film here: https://www.zee5.com/movies/details/chintu-ka-birthday/0-0-165005
Pareeksha – The Final Test – the film stars Adil Hussain, Priyanka Bose, Sanjay Suri, Shourya Deep and Shubham Jha in main lead roles. The film’s narrative revolves around Bucchi, the rickshaw puller who’s biggest dream is to provide decent education to his son and this dream takes him on a dangerous path, which could shatter all that he holds dear. Resonating from the real experience of an IPS officer, Shri Abhayanand, who is the former DGP of Bihar, this story gives us a glimpse of hope for the poor who deserve the opportunity. Written, directed and produced by national award-winning filmmaker, Prakash Jha.
Watch the film here: https://www.zee5.com/movies/details/pareeksha/0-0-188032
Mee Raqsam – An ode to a father-daughter relationship, the film marks a tribute to Shabana and Baba Azmi’s father Kaifi Azmi Saab whose birth centenary was celebrated this year. It is the story of a young girl’s aspiration to become a dancer, but coming from a small village like Mijwan, everyone questions her dreams and choices. It’s only her father who trusts, supports and helps her achieve her ultimate dream. Presented by Shabana Azmi and directed by Baba Azmi, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Danish Husain and Aditi Subedi.
Watch the film here: https://www.zee5.com/movies/details/mee-raqsam/0-0-198669
Atkan Chatkan – Presented by veteran composer, singer and music producer A. R. Rahman and music directed by legendary Indian percussionist Shivamani. A rhythmic tale about hope and burning desire. The film revolves around a 12-year-old chai delivery boy named Guddu, whose passion is to observe, listen and create new sounds. He finds rhythm in almost everything. Through his daily mundane lifecycle, the story gets its rhythm when he forms a band with other 3 street children (Maadhav, Chuttan & Mithi) that work near his tea stall. The story progresses with them taking part in the biggest music competition of the city. The question is, will they be able to fulfil their ultimate dream by performing on the biggest stage? Or will the street remain as their only chance of hope? It stars Lydian Nadhaswaram who is stated as the world’s best child pianist & A. R. Rahman’s protege and will be seen in the lead as Guddu. Amitriyaan as Guddu’s father, Sachin Chaudhary as Chuttan, Yash Rane as Madhav, Tamanna Dipak as Meethi and Aayesha Vindhara as Lata, Guddu’s sister in pivotal roles.
The film is written & directed by Filmmaker, Saumyy Shivhare, produced by Lokaa Entertainment PLC.
Watch the film here: https://www.zee5.com/movies/details/atkan-chatkan/0-0-214663
Forbidden Love – An anthology of four short films where each film narrates a love story of different characters and their struggles and shows problems that are taboo to discuss because of the society. It also showcases emotions that are associated with love like anxiety, frustration, jealousy, etc. Ali Fazal, Aahana Kumra, Patralekhaa, Omkar Kapoor, Anindita Bose, Aditya Seal, Pooja Kumar, Harsh Chhaya, Raima Sen, Mahesh Manjrekar, Rannvijaya Singh, and Vaibhav Tatwawadi in lead roles across the four films, directed by national award-winning directors Pradeep Sarkar, Priyadarshan, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, and Mahesh Manjrekar.
Watch the film here: https://www.zee5.com/zee5originals/details/forbidden-love/0-6-3015