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Yaara drives you though a gritty timeline of crime, friendship, and edge-of-the-seat excitement.

Directed by the thrill maestro Tigmanshu Dhulia and flawless performances by the dynamic cast – Vidyut Jammwal, Shruti Hassan, Amit Sadh, Vijay Varma, and Ankur Vakil, the film, takes you on a journey of four friends- once the chaukdi gang that ruled the streets of crime, return to the dark world of guns after a compelling twist of fate. Join the chaukdi gang for the World Television Premiere of Yaara on &pictures on 25th March at 10 pm.

Talking about his experience, Vidyut Jammwal said, “Whenever I watch Yaara, I think of the friends I've had over the years. The depiction of friendship in cinema has evolved and those are the films that have stayed with us, haven't they? Yaara is one such unforgettable film that shows what it means to be there for your friends. Some of the biggest lessons we've learnt come from our friends and this film captures that with its beautiful relatable moments.”

Talking about the film, Amit Sadh said, "Love and friendship are two extremely vulnerable emotions, it is effortless yet requires nurturing. I personally keep my friendships very carefully; they are the most important aspect of my life. Yaara is a film that explores these dimensions flawlessly. And I would do exactly what the film showcases. While the film dwelled into the depths of emotions as the characters grew up on the screen and to convey the transition with an edge, we really focused on really looking the part. Tigmanshu sir made this journey of donning the avatar for this crime-thriller with severe body transformations really enriching with his constant support. I would say, Yaara really helped me grow as an artist and as a person."

About Yaara, Tigmanshu Dhulia shared, “As the style of storytelling has really changed over the years, the idea as a director is to keep reinventing. With Yaara I have tried to do that. The film is a crime saga about four friends but what I have tried to bring to the table is a relatable story that shows friendship, love, betrayal, relationships and the dynamic of all of this put together. It starts in a period and then goes for several decades, which itself is very interesting for any writer. It was the most difficult casting I have done simply because it’s a story of four friends and we wanted all of them to be at par with one another. But all actors part of the project have given their absolute best and have portrayed their roles with great fidelity.”

Yaara is an action-thriller about the ruthless chaukdi gang, who ruled the world of crime, until a series of cruel circumstances led the four friends who created the gang to different destinations. They reunite after years to rescue their friend from the shackles of the police. Will they be successful in their plan?

To find out catch the World Television Premiere of Yaara on &pictures on 25th March at 10pm.

Leading global media entertainment company AMC Networks announces the highly anticipated launch of the premium streaming bundle AMC+ in India, starting today on Apple TV channels on the Apple TV app.

AMC+ features exclusive original series, including the high-octane vampire thriller Firebite with Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black) and Rob Collins (Cleverman), hit stop-motion animated comedy Ultra City Smiths featuring all-star voice talent including Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Dax Shepard (Parenthood), John C. Reilly (Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty) and Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment) and upcoming exclusive original productions such as epic western That Dirty Black Bag starring Dominic Cooper (Preacher) and gritty crime drama 61st Street starring Emmy®-winner Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), among many others. AMC+ will also premiere the eight-time Australian Academy Award-winning film from director Justin Kurzel, Nitram, on 30 March 2022 at the same time the film makes its U.S. debut.

Later this year AMC+ will debut a wide range of original series exclusively for audiences in India, including new content from The Walking Dead Universe, premium original dramas from top U.S. producers, and the launch of a new franchise based on Anne Rice’s best-selling novels. Key titles include the eagerly awaited new anthology series Tales of the Walking Dead with Anthony Edwards (Inventing Anna) and Parker Posey (Lost in Space) as well as The Walking Dead: Origins starring fan-favourites Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches based on the iconic global best-sellers, western noir Dark Winds executive produced by Emmy®-winner George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and Oscar®-winner Robert Redford (Ordinary People), and suspense thriller Moonhaven from creator Peter Ocko (Lodge 49), among others.

AMC+ also offers full access to AMC Networks’ targeted streaming service Acorn TV at no additional cost. Acorn TV offers ad-free addictive dramas, arresting mysteries, compelling crime thrillers and more from Britain and beyond, including exclusive original productions such as Queens of Mystery, Under the Vines and The Madame Blanc Mysteries, fan favourites such as Line of Duty and Doc Martin, and acclaimed series 19-2 and East West 101, among others.

Courtney Thomasma, General Manager of AMC+, said,AMC+ offers viewers a premium line-up of celebrated and award-winning series including our signature dramas, wildly original comedies, and compelling true crime series, along with a curated collection of new and independent films. With our pipeline of highly anticipated new series from the U.S. and the beloved international mysteries and dramas from Acorn TV, the AMC+ bundle brings epic, thrilling stories and iconic characters together with one subscription. We are excited to offer our slate of original programming directly to audiences in India for the first time through Apple TV channels.”

Customers can sign up for a seven-day free trial starting today on the Apple TV app. Subscribers through Apple TV channels can watch AMC+ online or enjoy offline downloads of their favourite shows and films on the Apple TV app for Rs 199 per month. Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share subscriptions to Apple TV channels using just their Apple ID and password.

AMC+ features a wide range of dramas, comedies, mysteries, thrillers, true crime, and documentaries from AMC Studios and other leading producers and distributors, all commercial-free, with new content premiering monthly. Select programming is available subtitled in Hindi, Tamil and Telegu. The following programming is available to audiences in India for the first time exclusively through the premium subscription bundle.

DRAMA PREMIERES

Firebite

A high-octane, highly original spin on the vampire and fantasy genres that follows two Indigenous Australian hunters, Tyson (Rob Collins, Extraction) and Shanika (new Indigenous Australian star Shantae Barnes-Cowan) on their quest to battle the last colony of vampires in the South Australian desert. The series is created and written by Australia’s celebrated Indigenous auteur voice, Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah), who also directs along with Brendan Fletcher (Mad Bastards) and Tony Krawitz (The Tall Man). The AMC+ Original series also stars Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black) and Callan Mulvey (Avengers: End Game) in leading roles. Debuts today with new episodes premiering each Thursday starting 31 March. View Trailer

61st Street

From AMC Studios, 61st Street is a propulsive thriller coursing through the dark heart of the infamous Chicago criminal justice system as police and prosecutors investigate a deadly drug bust that threatens to unravel the police department’s code of silence. The AMC+ Original series stars Emmy® Award-winner Courtney B. Vance (Lovecraft Country), Emmy® Award-nominee Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us), Mark O’Brien (City on a Hill), Holt McCallany (Mindhunter), Tosin Cole (Doctor Who), Andrene Ward-Hammond (Your Honor) and Bentley Green (Snowfall). Premieres 10 April with double bill with new episodes to follow each Sunday. View Trailer

That Dirty Black Bag

A raw, epic and romantic eight-part AMC+ Original series about the dark side of the Far West, That Dirty Black Bag features an all-star ensemble cast led by Dominic Cooper (Preacher) and Douglas Booth (The Dirt). Paying homage to the classic spaghetti western, the story follows the eight-day clash between Arthur McCoy (Cooper), an incorruptible sheriff with a troubled past, and Red Bill (Booth), an infamous, solitary bounty hunter known for decapitating his victims and stuffing their heads into a dirty black bag, because, as he puts it “heads weigh less than bodies.” Premieres 5 May with new episodes each Thursday. View Trailer

Queens of Mystery

Hailed a “surefire crowd-pleaser” by the Los Angeles Times and picking up an Emmy® nomination for Juliet Stevenson’s wry narration, Queens of Mystery follows a young female detective and her three mystery writing aunts who believe their knowledge of crime fiction makes them perfectly qualified to help her solve whodunit style murders in their charming English village home of Wildemarsh. The wickedly offbeat, ‘Amelie-esque’ contemporary murder mystery series from Acorn TV features bold visuals, quirky characters, fast-paced dialogue and darkly comic murders. Created for television by writer Julian Unthank (Doc Martin), the series features Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle), Sarah Woodward (The Pale Horse) and Siobhan Redmond (Unforgotten). Season 1 available at launch with Season 2 premiering in May. View Trailer

The Madame Blanc Mysteries

Created by and starring popular UK actress Sally Lindsay (Mount Pleasant), this charming, light-hearted six-episode Acorn TV series follows renowned antiques dealer Jean White (Lindsay), who is nearly bankrupt after her husband’s sudden death, and heads to their one last asset: a cottage in antiques hub of Sainte Victoire in the South of France. There, Jean begins investigating the events surrounding her husband’s untimely death, aided by sympathetic taxi driver Dom (Steve Edge, Starlings). She soon finds the colourful locals have a treasure trove of other mysteries for her to assess. Jean’s knowledge of priceless objects even proves helpful to the police as she ends up playing detective on several local cases. Described by the UK’s Daily Telegraph as “witty, feelgood fare... a welcome splash of screen sunshine,” The Madame Blanc Mysteries co-stars Sue Vincent (Shameless), as Jean’s friend Gloria, Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses) as terrible flirt and local gossip purveyor Judith, and Robin Askwith (Confessions) as Jeremy, Judith’s adoring husband. Full series available at launch. View Trailer

Under the Vines

Rebecca Gibney (Wanted, Packed to the Rafters) and Charles Edwards (The Crown, Downton Abbey) star as two unlikely city slickers who inherit a failing vineyard in rural New Zealand in this six-part comedy drama from Acorn TV. Sydney socialite Daisy Munroe (Gibney) heads to Peak View, New Zealand with the intention of selling her recently deceased stepfather’s winery. Little does she know that the vineyard now has a co-owner, grumpy British lawyer Louis Oakley (Edwards), who also travels there to escape a spiralling series of unfortunate events in his life. Despite neither having done a hard days’ work in their lives and both despising each other, the two must somehow make Oakley Winery successful so they can sell up, split up and get out. The ensemble cast includes Dean O’Gorman (One Lane Bridge), Sara Wiseman (A Place to Call Home), John Bach (Janet King), Matt Whelan (The Sounds), Simon Mead (Nothing Trivial), Sarah Peirse (Poor Boy) and Cohen Holloway (Top of the Lake). Full series available at launch. View Trailer

COMEDY PREMIERES

Ultra City Smiths

This six-part AMC+ Original series unfolds via stop-motion animated baby dolls repurposed as a grown-up cast of characters and hinges on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of fictional metropolis Ultra City’s most famous magnate, Carpenter K. Smith (Kurtwood Smith, That 70’s Show). Two intrepid detectives, David Mills (Jimmi Simpson, Westworld) and Gail Johnson (Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dolemite Is My Name) follow the case, rallying to fight against their city’s dangerous corruption, at a high cost to themselves and their families and in pursuit of a gentler place to call home. The series features an all-star cast including Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Dax Shepard (Parenthood), John C. Reilly (Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty), Alia Shawkat (Search Party), Tim Meadows (Schooled), Luis Guzmán (Shameless), Melissa Villaseñor (Saturday Night Live), Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment), Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago), and Jason Mantzoukas (Big Mouth). Entertainment Weekly said that “the level of artistry and detail is stunning, as is the emotional depth of the story and characters.” Full series available at launch. View Trailer

Brockmire

This acclaimed comedy follows Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria, The Simpsons), a famed major league baseball announcer who suffered an embarrassing public meltdown live on the air a decade ago after discovering his wife’s infidelity. Now, looking to reclaim his career, reputation, and love life, he takes a job in a small American town, calling minor league baseball games for the Morristown Frackers. Amanda Peet (Dirty John) co-stars as Jules, the strong-willed and hard-drinking proud owner of the Frackers, and Tyrel Jackson Williams (Thunder Force) stars as Charles, the team’s whiz-kid intern. Seasons 1-4 available at launch.

Documentary Now!

Created, written and executive produced by the powerhouse comedic trio and Saturday Night Live alumni Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers, the Emmy® Award-nominated series parodies some of the world’s best-known documentaries. Starring Armisen and Hader, each episode is shot in a different style of documentary filmmaking and honours some of the most important stories that didn’t actually happen. The critically-acclaimed series also stars Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) and guest stars a wide array of well-known celebrities, including Jack Black (Tenacious D), John Slattery (Mad Men), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) and many others. Seasons 1-3 available at launch.

Sherman’s Showcase

Created by and starring Bashir Salahuddin (South Side) and Diallo Riddle (Marlon), this Emmy® Award-winning show features witty sketches, cultural nostalgia and original songs that earned the series a 100% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A-list guest stars include John Legend, Tiffany Haddish, Common, Quincy Jones, Marlon Wayans and many more. Seasons 1-2 available at launch.

Stan Against Evil

Combining horror and hilarity, Stan Against Evil stars John C. McGinley (Scrubs) as the curmudgeonly retired police sheriff Stan Miller and Janet Varney (You’re the Worst) as Evie Barrett, his successor as the sheriff of Willard’s Mill, who are both determined to wipe out the demons that plague their quaint New England Town. Seasons 1-3 available at launch.

This Close

Based on a series of shorts that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, This Close is created, written by and stars Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, both deaf actors. The series explores the relationship between best friends Kate (Stern), who is newly engaged, and Michael (Feldman), who is attempting to move on from his ex-fiancé. Touching on universal and relatable themes of love and friendship, This Close also features a talented ensemble cast of recurring guest stars including Zach Gilford (Midnight Mass) who plays Danny, Kate’s fiancé; Cheryl Hines (Scrubs) as Stella, a PR maven and Kate’s boss; Colt Prattes (This Is Us) as Ryan, Michael’s ex; and Academy® Award-winner Marlee Matlin (Glee) as Michael’s mother Annie, a recovering alcoholic trying to reconnect with her son. The series is directed and executive produced by award-winning filmmaker Andrew Ahn whose feature film Spa Night premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and picked up a Special Jury Award. Seasons 1-2 available at launch.

TRUE CRIME PREMIERES

True Crime Story: It Couldn't Happen Here

New York Times best-selling author Hilarie Burton Morgan visits different small US towns to shine light on the ways crime impacts rural communities and their judicial systems. In each episode, Hilarie hears the facts of the case from family members and local insiders to understand the challenges the community faced investigating the crime, learns the lasting impact the crime has had on the fabric of the town, and calls attention to where justice currently stands. Season 1 available at launch with Season 2 premiering later this year.

True Crime Story: Indefensible

Academy® Award nominee Jena Friedman travels the US to unspool real cases on the ground, but unlike most true crime shows, this one doesn’t end when the criminal gets locked up. Jena finds there’s always more to the story and drives to a different outcome beyond the simple whodunnit. Using her unflinching comedic point of view and disarming interview skills, Jena uncovers the “why” and “how” not only of crimes themselves, but of the dysfunction within the criminal justice system. Season 1 available at launch with Season 2 premiering later this year.

The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park

The series examines one of the most infamous crimes in recent American history – the 1986 killing of Jennifer Levin in Central Park at the hands of Robert Chambers. The series exposes evidence that was inadmissible in the trial and also examines the circumstances that made the story unfold the way it did: America’s untamed ambition in the mid-1980s, the rarefied lifestyle of New York’s privileged prep school kids, sexism, elitism, an all-out tabloid media war that blamed the victim and an imperfect justice system. Full series available at launch.

Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle

The notorious Jonestown massacre claimed the lives of more than 900 people – the greatest single loss of American lives before 9/11. This fascinating two-part documentary paints a picture of cult leader Jim Jones’s transformation from a charismatic preacher and champion of civil rights into an egomaniacal demagogue who led hundreds to take their own lives, both willingly and forcibly. Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle explores the full story of what transpired in the remote South American jungle and endeavours to answer the questions how? and why? Executive producers include Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant). Full series available at launch.

Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo

A deep, disturbing dive into the cult you’ve never heard of before. This docu-series chronicles the life and crimes of televangelist turned cult leader Tony Alamo. By skirting the law and enforcing a code of silence among their followers, Tony and his wife Susan came to wield unimaginable power, becoming millionaires on the backs of their believers. Full series available at launch.

DOCUMENTARY SERIES PREMIERES

Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America

Each episode of this series focuses on a groundbreaking song pivotal to the evolution of American music and culture, including tracks by Kanye West, Queen Latifah, Run-D.M.C. and Kendrick Lamar. Artists, their collaborators and other influential musical and cultural figures deconstruct compositions, revisit the impact the song had on them personally, and dissect the socio-economic and cultural conditions that inspired the landmark work and gave voice to a generation. Full series available at launch.

Eli Roth’s History of Horror

Masters of the horror genre, including Stephen King, Jordan Peele, Greg Nicotero, Edgar Wright, Elijah Wood, Rob Zombie and Quentin Tarantino, among many others, explore its driving themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present. Delving into all the key subjects as well fascinating subgenres including zombies, slashers, vampires, ghosts, infections and mad scientists, the series takes viewers on a chilling exploration of how horror has evolved across the eras and continues to reflect society’s biggest fears. Seasons 1-3 available at launch.

James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction

Academy® Award-winning writer, director and producer James Cameron (Avatar) explores science fiction’s roots, futuristic visions and our fascination with its ideas through interviews with A-list storytellers, stars and figures whose careers have defined the field, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith and Sigourney Weaver, among many others. Cameron takes us on a journey of exploration and discovery, helping us understand where science fiction’s ideas came from – and where they’re taking us. Full series available at launch.

Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics

The Walking Dead comics creator Robert Kirkman helms this six-part documentary series that takes an in-depth look into the stories, people and events that have created and transformed the world of comic books. The series features interviews with icons of comic storytelling including Stan Lee, Patty Jenkins, Lynda Carter, Kevin Smith, Famke Janssen, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Rodriguez and Todd McFarlane, among many others. Full series available at launch.

Ride with Norman Reedus

The Walking Dead star and motorcycle enthusiast Norman Reedus hits the open road in this travel documentary series with a riding companion to explore different cultures and experience the best scenery, food, nature and local activities around the world. Guest riders include current and former co-stars from The Walking Dead such as Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Steven Yeun and many other celebrities. Seasons 1-5 available at launch.

AMC+ also features a wide selection of award-winning series, including The Son, Line of Duty, 19-2, East West 101, Jack Taylor, Jack Irish, Doc Martin, Doctor Finlay, George Gently, Foyle’s War, The Bletchley Circle, The Secret Agent, Mr & Mrs Murder, 800 Words and Finding Joy. In addition, a curated selection of critically acclaimed independent movies and documentaries from IFC Films and other leading film distributors will also be available on the service, including The Scapegoat, Wreckers, Medicine for Melancholy, Nights and Weekends, The Baxter, Dealing with Idiots, Christopher Nolan’s The Following and Errol Morris documentaries The Thin Blue Line, Gates of Heaven and Vernon Florida, among many others.

People across India join the grandest celebration of the year as the mega blockbuster Sooryavanshi primes for World Television Premiere on Zee Cinema

This Holi, people around the nation have geared up to join the celebration of the biggest premiere of the year Sooryavanshi on Zee Cinema on 19th March at 8pm

Hit the siren, kyunki Zee Cinema par hogi dhamakedar entry saal ke sabse bade blockbuster ‘Sooryavanshi’ ki! The film that revived the big screens from a long slumber with a whopping 200 crores at the box office, the film that got families rejoicing at theatres – Sooryavanshi is all set to bring the same roar to your TV screens. This Holi, enjoy the grandest television event of the year with your friends and family with the World Television Premiere of the most awaited blockbuster of the year Sooryavanshi on Zee Cinema on 19th March at 8pm. The prelude to the premiere saw people across the length and breadth of the country celebrate the Sooryavanshi mania as their cities were transformed with one-of-a-kind themed activations to match the colossal hype for the film!

With an intent to spread joy, grandeur, and cheer, a tailored delicious experience for home towners will be offered by adding a masaledar twist to their local specialty food with some of the most famous food stalls across the country. Harping on the tagda punch of the special trio Indore’s globally recognized ‘Johny Hot Dog’, Bhopal’s super popular ‘Anand Namkeen’ and the iconic ‘Deena Chat Bhandar’ in Varanasi transformed their popular items like Hot Dog, Crispy Samosa and Tamatar Chat into a Sooryavanshi specials for their customers. If we’re celebrating with food, how can one leave out the famous ‘Parle Vada Pav Samrat’ from Mumbai, ‘Sharma ji ki Chai’ from Lucknow and ‘Thaggu ke Ladd’ from Kanpur, as the shopkeepers bring you the delectable Sooryavanshi special Vada Pav, Kadak Chai-Samosa combo, and Laddu, kyuki muh meetha karna toh banta hai! Embracing the very, many qualities of Rohit Shetty’s mighty cops, the visitors of the stalls are offered free taste to this Sooryavanshi special delicacies during this on-ground celebration.

But that’s not all, Sooryavanshi themed canters will be traveling to the streets of multiple cities engaging visitors with experiential activities and special gifts. This will be followed by #HoliWithSooryavanshiToli challenge on social media, where viewers will be asked to recreate the hook step of ‘Aila re Aila’ with their super fun toli tagging Zee Cinema to spread the joy further.

Directed by India’s designated action entertainer Rohit Shetty, Sooryavanshi manifests all the elements of a mega blockbuster film - a killer cast including megastar Akshay Kumar, the gorgeous Katrina Kaif, wittiest Simmba aka Ranveer Singh, Bajirao Singham aka Ajay Devgn followed by highly popular chartbusters such as ‘Tip Tip Barsa Paani’ and ‘Aila Re Aila’ along with slick high combat action choreography. Overall, what makes Sooryavanshi the greatest family entertainer of all times is the captivating plot that includes the terrific trio - Sooryavanshi, Singham and Simmba fighting together against enemies of the Nation.

Talking about his experience of shooting for the film, Akshay Kumar said, “I have done a fair share of action films throughout my career, but Sooryavanshi stands out for sure. The preparation for Veer Sooryavanshi took more than just fitness regimes and following action choreographies, I got to dig deep into the lives of real heroes and took inspiration from the IPS officer Vishwas Nangare Patilji. Rohit Shetty is known for creating larger than life, blockbuster entertainment experience for the viewers and I feel, Sooryavanshi is a film that perfectly exemplifies it. All in all, I would say Sooryavanshi was an experience of a lifetime to shoot for and I hope the audiences watch and enjoy the film with their families.”

“Sooryavanshi has received a phenomenal response worldwide and now, with its world television premiere, we are only taking it another notch higher for the film. I'm grateful for all the love that has poured in and excited that the film is going to be even more accessible for fans of the film. Reimagining the iconic number Tip Tip Barsa Paani with Farah Khan was a blast and it's always a pleasure collaborating with Akshay! Being on the Sooryavanshi sets was so much fun and it was Rohit Shetty who brought out the best in all of us!" said Katrina Kaif.

This high-octane action thriller runs at top gear when Mumbai city receives a terrorist threat, and an immediate defence is required. The responsibility is entrusted to our newest edition to Rohit Shetty’s cop universe - DCP Veer Sooryavanshi. While Sooryavanshi tries to strike a balance between his personal life and duty to save the city, he is accompanied by two uber popular cops - Singham and Simmba who team up with Sooryavanshi to put up a fight of a lifetime.

This Holi, join the celebration of the biggest blockbuster of the year with the World Television Premiere of Sooryavanshi on Zee Cinema on 19th March at 8 pm!

ZEE Biskope rings in the Holi festivities with a colourful blockbuster line-up, spanning a range of emotions, through the entire week culminating with the World TV Premieres of Holi special movies

Celebrated with utmost zeal and enthusiasm, packed with rang, bhaang, and Fagua music, people in the Bhojpuri region indulge themselves in the happiness and tomfoolery of Fagua or Holi. Along with plethora of shades that bring one immense joy, the festival also comprises the many emotions that make life so colourful. Ringing in the merriment of the region’s most playful festival, ZEE Biskope wishes viewers a Happy Holi with a blockbuster movie line-up filled with the shades of freedom, joy, brotherhood, love, and romance. The saga festival – Hasi Thitholi Happy Holi, will encompass an enjoyable and entertaining week-long celebration starting 13th March until Holi, 17th Match and will feature back-to-back World Television Premiers under the prime-time band at 6 pm. Depicting the key mood of the festival for the region, the break free movie line-up will present ardent Bhojpuri fandom with the best of Bhojpuri blockbuster premieres to keep their emotions at their jubilant and colourful best throughout the week kyunki Holi to apno ke sang hi sabse acchi lagti hai!

The festival will convene with the premiere of the entertaining and popular Bhojpuri movie Thoda Gussa Thoda Pyaar. Audiences will revel in the emotions of comedy and romance as they watch this delightful drama that stars the hit on-screen pair, Yash Kumar & Nidhi Jha, on 13th March. The following day will witness the telecast of the action, drama and romance packed superhit Bhojpuri blockbuster film Balam Ji Love You on 14th March starring the king of romance Khesari Lal Yadav and glam queen Kajal Raghwani in lead roles. This time, it’s the colour of freedom and love that take centre stage in the extraordinary story of a common man who rises to an unimaginable challenge of winning the toughest dangal fight to free his beloved of bondage.

Amrapali Dubey & Manoj Tiger’s box-office record breaker comedy drama that was loved by critics and audience alike, Lagal Raha Batasha, will follow on 15th of March that will entertain viewers and families to the fullest through a colourful amalgamation of drama, action, romance, and much more. 16th of March will witness the action-packed blockbuster Dabang Sarkar, starring popular actors Khesari Lal Yadav & Kajal Raghwani, that is thematically aligned to the dramatic mood of the festival. As Holi adorns, the brand is all set to engage and enthral its viewers and rev up the festive mood with the exclusive Holi World TV Premiere of most awaited family drama Mahavar on 17th March at 6 pm. This time around, it’s the colours of eternal love and sacrifice coming to life as superstars Ritesh Pandey & Chandani Singh give stellar performances in this unique and lovely tale that will unfold this Fagua on ZEE Biskope and mark a memorable Holi for all the film aficionados out there.

On the announcement, Amarpreet Singh Saini, Chief Channel Officer, Bhojpuri Cluster, ZEEL said, “Festivals like Holi are most awaited across the country and meant to be enjoyed with family with love, bonding and light-heartedness. As a true hyperlocal & consumer centric brand, ZEE Biskope is committed to bring the best of entertainment on the region’s most celebrated festival that will serve as a palette to cater to the entertainment appetite in line with the spirit of the festival. The idea is to ensure that families get to spend an entertainment-filled week together on this special occasion. Here’s wishing all our viewers a joyous and buoyant Holi.”

The month-long campaign begins with a gripping video that casts light on the subjugation of women’s voices, and aims to initiate a dialogue against the ingrained culture that “mutes” female opinions due to gender-based stereotypes

Communication Skills-focused EdTech platform, PlanetSpark launches “The Mute Button” — a month-long Women’s Day campaign, aimed to initiate a chain of dialogues against the suppression and misinterpretation of women’s voices.

The campaign commences with a gripping video that depicts how women’s confidence is threatened throughout their lives with their opinions being “muted” across occasions. During this month-long campaign spanning throughout March, PlanetSpark will bring out real-life stories from the world over, wherein women in various capacities are taking charge to empower people’s voices. Additionally, the brand will also engage in interactive sessions with female leaders from various male-dominated fields, wherein, these women will share their own experiences of being muted or judged or misinterpreted on matters of importance. Through these candid conversations, the EdTech aims to cast light on the ingrained culture of ignoring or suppressing women’s share of voices across social and professional aspects of their lives.

Sharing her perspective on Female Voice Subjugation, PlanetSpark teacher, Pamela Chakraborty says, “It’s unfortunate that most women have limited rights to speak or share their opinions in Indian households, especially in front of their male counterparts. However, this is where the problem starts. This toxic culture conditions both men and women in a way that even after growing independent when women share their opinions, they are considered blunt; when they take control, their judgements are questioned; when they share their stories, they are not believed. Driven by cultural indoctrination and gender-bias interpretations, all women—across the world—are restricted from free speech.”

“More than 90% of PlanetSpark’s teachers are women and they have faced situations throughout their lives wherein their voices have been ignored or overpowered by society. Despite having their opinions and stories unheard life-long, today they mentor children not only on communication skills but also the importance of “speaking up”, which is a huge inspiration for the entire PlanetSpark team. Being an EdTech that focuses on Communication Skills and promotes "vocal confidence", we wanted to address these limitations faced by women around the world, on the occasion of International Women’s Day,” says Kunal Malik, Co-founder, PlanetSpark.

“Through a captivating video, we have taken an out-of-the-box approach to highlight various life situations wherein women’s judgements or opinions are not taken seriously. The video represents an imaginary “Mute Button” that countless women have to struggle against, in their lives. In addition to the video, the campaign will also bring out the similar experiences of leading female figures, in a series of Instagram live sessions,” says Shomo Sen, Creative Director, PlanetSpark.

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