Sonali Bendre, a well-known actress from the past, is set to make her debut on OTT with the series The Broken News on Zee5. The upcoming original drama series from the streaming service ZEE5. The show is a remake of the popular 2018 British series Press, and it will also star Jaideep Ahlawat from Paatal Lok and Shriya Pilgaonkar from the Prime Video show Guilty Minds.
Vinay Waikul will be the director of The Broken News, who has recently helmed the crime-thriller Netflix series Aranyak.
According to the makers, the show follows the stories of two rival Mumbai-based news channels—Awaaz Bharati, an independent, ethical news channel; and Josh 24/7 News, which offers sensationalist and invasive journalism and “what transpires between the main characters in their quest for news”.
Bendre, a well-known face in Bollywood
Bendre was a noted actress of yesteryear. She had worked in several hit movies of the 1990s like Sarfarosh, Diljale, and Major Saab, was last seen in the 2013 gangster drama Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara! in which she had a cameo.
She started her career on the small screen in 2014 with Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye and has also served as a judge on reality TV shows such as Indian Idol and India’s Got Talent.
The series is backed by ZEE5 in partnership with BBC Studios India.The streamer said in a press release that it aims to further bolster its existing premium content offerings with captivating and diverse stories based on successful British formats.
Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 India, said with “The Broken News”, the team is marking the beginning of a partnership with the reputed content studio to bring “interesting and unique story narratives for our audiences.”
Nimisha Pandey, Chief Content Officer, Hindi Originals, ZEE5 described “The Broken News” as a “relevant story” “It is a riveting drama depicting the nuances of media houses and the daily hustle-bustle of a newsroom.
The story revolves around the ideological differences of the protagonists, beautifully played by Shriya Pilgaonkar and Jaideep Ahlawat. The story has a strong, contemporary and compelling narrative, making it a perfect addition to our content bouquet, “Pandey said.
Sameer Gogate, General Manager, BBC Studios India, said the team is thrilled to join forces with ZEE5.
“The strength of our formats lies in their ability to transcend across cultural boundaries and languages.” “We are honoured that Jaideep Ahlawat, Sonali Bendre, and Shriya Pilgaonkar will be a part of this journey directed by Vinay Wiakul, and we hope ZEE5’s Hindi audience will enjoy the gripping personal and professional dramas facing the characters under the pressure of a 24-hour news cycle,” Gogate added.
The Broken News also features Indraneil Sengupta, Taaruk Raina, Aakash Khurana, and Kiran Kumar.