‘Tadka: Love Is Cooking’ starring Nana Patekar, Taapsee Pannu, Shriya Saran and Ali Fazal in key roles is ZEE5 Global’s latest original film offering.
Jointly produced by Nittin Keni, Sameer Dixit, Akash Chawla, Jatish Varma and co-produced by Girish Johar, Tadka is a Zee Studios and Movie Makers Inc production and is a remake of the Malayalam blockbuster, ‘Salt N Pepper’. With maestro Ilayaraja’s music and Preetha Jayaram’s cinematography, the film also stars Lilette Dubey and Rajesh Sharma in supporting roles and premiered on ZEE5 Global this month.
Written and directed by Prakash Raj, ‘Tadka: Love Is Cooking’ is a romantic comedy of errors. What starts off as a wrongly dialled number soon leads to feelings between Tukaram (Nana Patekar), an archaeologist and Madhura (Shriya Saran), a radio jockey. However, when it is time to meet face-to-face, Gaurishankar develops a cold-feet and sends his nephew Siddharth (Ali Fazal) to meet Vidya who in turn sends her friend, Nicole (Taapsee) to meet Gaurishankar. Sidharth (having introduced himself as Gaurishankar) and Aditi (having introduced herself as Vidya) hit it off right away and decide to persuade Gaurishankar and Vidya that they aren’t right for each other.
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However, will love win over misplaced identities and will Gaurishankar and Vidya’s common love for food help them come closer or will their internalised belief that they are too old to fall in love dissuade them from coming closer?
Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global said, “We are happy to announce our collaboration with Prakash Raj with his OTT debut as a director for ‘Tadka’. With a strong cast and storyline, the movie is a perfect blend of comedy and romance to keep our global viewers fully entertained with a power packed dose of entertainment.”
Actor-Director-Producer Prakash Raj said, “Tadka is a special film made with love and peppered with laughter, food and joy. I admired the original Malayalam movie, Salt N Pepper and wanted to adapt and direct it in Hindi since it is such a heart-warming yet funny and entertaining story.
“I am thankful to Nana Patekar, Shriya Saran, Taapsee Pannu and Ali Fazal for joining me in this journey and I am looking forward to Tadka filling people’s tummy and hearts with love and joy.”
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Actor Shriya Saran said, “I had heard such good things about the original film, Salt N Pepper that when I was approached to be a part of the Hindi remake, I immediately jumped at the opportunity because it is not too often that you get to be directed by Prakash Raj and share the screen with Nana Patekar.
“Tadka is the kind of cinema that I love and admire as it feels like a tight hug on a cold day, so I hope that the viewers enjoy our sweet film too.”