Sonali Bendre to make OTT debut with ZEE5 series 'The Broken News'

May 11, 2022

Actress is set to enter the streaming space with "The Broken News", an upcoming original drama series from the streamer ZEE5. The show, an adaptation of the popular 2018 British series "Press", will also feature "Paatal Lok" star Jaideep Ahlawat and Shriya Pilgaonkar, who recently starred in the Prime Video show "Guilty Minds".

"The Broken News" will be directed by Vinay Waikul, who had recently helmed the crime-thriller Netflix series "Aranyak". According to the makers, the show follows the story 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, known for hit 1990s films such as "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.

A cancer survivor, the actor made her small screen debut 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. "With this initiative, ZEE5 aims to further bolster its existing premium content offerings with captivating and diverse stories based on successful British formats," the streamer said in a press note.

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 the 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.

"The Broken News" also features Indraneil Sengupta, Taaruk Raina, Aakash Khurana and Kiran Kumar. The original show "Press" was created and written by writer Mike Bartlett, known for "Doctor Foster" and "King Charles III" and was a Lookout Point, BBC Studios and Deep Indigo production, co-produced with Masterpiece.