The OTT platform is bringing directors like Abrar Athar, Shihab Shaheen, Anam Biswas on board to make four Bangladeshi originals, with many more in the pipeline
ZEE5 Global, the largest OTT platform for South Asian content, announced the launch of its first Bangladeshi original, a dark-comedy thriller titled "Mainkar Chipay" at a virtual press conference on October 27.
Three more Bangladeshi projects will be developed over the next few months, with more in the pipeline. The announcements were made at a star-studded event attended by the likes of Ziaul Faruq Apurba, Nusraat Faria, Afran Nisho, Bidya Sinha Mim, Arifin Shuvoo and many more.
The former Minister of Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh, Asaduzzaman Noor, also attended the event where the trailer of Mainkar Chipay was unveiled.
Directed by young filmmaker Abrar Athar, Mainkar Chipay is a situational thriller comedy which will see Afran Nisho, Sariful Razz and Shamol Mawla working together for the first time. Shot in a minimalist format, this is an edgy thriller where a cop, a drug dealer and a drug addict get trapped inside a car.
The shooting of the film was done with strict adherence to all the lockdown guidelines. This will be the first project for Abrar since Koli 2.0. The film is set to be released on November 9 and will mark the beginning of ZEE5’s Bangladeshi original content chapter.
“We’re super excited to shoot the first Bangladeshi original on Zee5. The film was shot in record time and we wrote the script in a way that didn’t require a large crew or a lot of equipment. It’s a crime thriller comedy and we really hope people have as much fun watching it as we did making it, ” said Abrar Athar.
Among other projects, notable Bangladeshi screenwriter and filmmaker Shihab Shaheen is set to commence shooting on October 28 for his new film and second ZEE5 Original titled Jodi, Kintu, Tobuo…, a romantic comedy starring Ziaul Faruq Apurba and Nusraat Faria while National Award-winning director Anam Biswas will be working with Bidya Sinha Mim on What the Fry?