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Kaun Banegi Shikharwati, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Lara Dutta Bhupathi, to be streamed on Zee5

The series sees the actor essay the role of a king while the David (2013) actress, Soha Ali Khan, Kritika Kamra and Anya Singh play his daughters.

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Digital platform Zee5 and production house Applause Entertainment have entered into a partnership to come up with a slate of new and diverse web shows. 

The first series that is a result of the partnership is titled Kaun Banegi Shikharwati which is made in association with Emmay Entertainment. Directed by Gauravv Chawla and Ananya Banerjee, the show will see Naseeruddin Shah play a king while Lara Dutta Bhupathi, Soha Ali Khan, Kritika Kamra and Anya Singh play his daughters. The show also stars veteran actor Raghuvir Yadav, Cyrus Sahukar, Varun Thakur and Anurag Sinha. 

A statement from the makers read, “Kaun Banegi Shikharwati is a dramedy series with a unique take on a dysfunctional royal family.” 

Commenting on the partnership, Manish Kalra, chief business officer, Zee5 India said in a statement, “Being a consumer-first brand, our intent has always been to deliver real, relevant and resonant content to our audiences. This year, Zee5 has made a concerted effort to associate with premium content creators across languages and genres, a move that has enabled us to inch closer to our overall vision of ‘Entertainment inclusion'."

He added, “We are glad to bring a like-minded partner on board to create compelling content together and launch quality originals, exclusively available on Zee5. Applause Entertainment has had a strong record of creating some of the most popular shows of recent times and with this association, Zee5 is confident of enriching our content slate even further.”

Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause Entertainment, said, “Over the past four years, Applause has created a diverse slate of content and explored stories across genres, languages and geographies. We are thrilled that our first outing with Zee5 is with Kaun Banegi Shikarwati, a light-hearted, heart-warming dramedy that is both quirky and delightful and boasts a stellar cast of actors. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Zee5 and help contribute in a small way to their global ambition.”

Speaking about the show, Nikkhil Advani of Emmay Entertainment said, “In a fine blend of humour and drama, Kaun Banegi Shikharwati offers a quintessential story of Indian families that’s replete with oddities and conflicts. But at the core of it lies unfiltered emotions that are sure to resonate strongly with the masses. We are delighted to partner with Applause in creating this wonderful show and are excited to release it to global audiences on a leading platform like Zee5.”

Kaun Banegi Shikharwati will be streamed on Zee5 in January 2022.

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