Acclaimed Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao is all set to take on a complex role of a British terrorist of Pakistani descent, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, for an Indian biographical crime drama to be aired on the Zee5Global over-the-top (OTT) platform.
Marking his debut as a writer,Mukul Dev suggested the story to director Hansal Mehta for a drama that explores the story of the 1994 kidnapping of Westerners in India which led to Sheikh's arrest in real life. Zee5 Global, which describes itself as the largest OTT platform for Indian content, will premiere the show on July 25 for viewers across 190+ global markets, alongside fresh episodes of favourite'shows such as family dramas 'Kumkum Bhagya' and 'Kundali Bhagya'. Ronit Roy'starrer 'Kehne Ko Humsafar' has also returned with eight new episodes of its new season.
Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, Zee5 Global, said: “Our TV shows across Zee network channels are hugely popular across markets and we see a huge love among global audiences for the shows and characters.
“We are delighted to have all these much-loved TV shows across languages now back on air for our viewers after a long hiatus. This is quite a blockbuster month where we not only have special edition episodes of marquee shows but also a strong line-up of Direct-to-Digital releases for our viewers to look forward to.”
Fresh episodes of top daily soaps across channels are back on Zee5 Global after nearly three months of production being stalled as a result of the coronavirus lockdown.Last month, in line with the safety guidelines rolled out by the Producers Guild of India,Zee'said it commenced shooting of its Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bangla and Telugu content.
In regional content,Zee Bangla has resumed production and streaming of new episodes for its top-rated shows including 'Krishnakoli','Alo Chhaya','Rani Rashmoni' and more.
Zee Keralam has plans to launch a new fiction show 'Karthikadeepam' and is currently streaming dubbed supernatural fantasy series 'Nagini'. Zee Telugu resumed streaming original episodes of all prime time and non-prime time shows.Zee Kannada has commenced shooting and content delivery of daily shows 'Jothe Jotheyalli','Gattimela','Paaru' and 'Kamali'.