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Yoodlee Films targets a new demographic with first Marathi zombie flick Zombivli

The Aditya Sarpotdar film will also be the production house's first release in 2021. 

Shriram Iyengar

Yoodlee Films is now ready for its next big theatrical release, Zombivli. The Marathi film is a first of its kind — a horror-comedy featuring zombies — and marks the banner's maiden attempt to win over a new demographic.

The film will also be Yoodlee’s first theatrical release in 2021. Interestingly, Zombivli was shot and wrapped up amid stringent safety protocols after lockdown restrictions were lifted last year. It was the first Marathi film whose theatrical release — April 30 — was announced this year.
The teaser of the film, which was released earlier this week, contains arresting visuals and snatches of dry humour that point to the tone and style of the film, which has the unique premise of zombies taking over a popular and busy Mumbai suburb.

Siddharth Anand Kumar, VP, films and television, Saregama, says, “Last year was challenging for content creators, production houses and the film industry as a whole, but it also showed us that the show still has to go on. We shot Zombivli in and around Mumbai and Latur immediately after the lockdown rules were relaxed and are happy that we can now bring it to the theatre-going audiences. It is not yet the old normal that we were used to but it seems like a new beginning. The fact that this is the first Marathi zombie horror-comedy makes it all the more exciting.”

The film is directed by Aditya Sarpotdar and stars Amey Wagh, Lalit Prabhakar, and Vaidehi Parashurami.

Sarpotdar the film was shot in unprecedented circumstances, and the fact that it will get a theatrical release soon was both a matter of excitement and pride.

Stating that the journey of Yoodlee Films as a brand has been both challenging and rewarding, Siddharth said, "Our cinematic grammar is different. We believe in managing budgets smartly, optimizing them to yield the best results, and putting the main emphasis on the script. We want to tell stories that haven’t been told before. And in that, we have succeeded. Our films have been applauded at film festivals around the world and have been streaming successfully on some of the biggest OTT platforms. Zombivli is a firm, sure-footed step towards the exciting world of Marathi cinema and our attempt to widen the net and reach out to a new set of audiences."