Ahaan, story about friendship between young man with Down’s Syndrome and OCD sufferer, to be released on Netflix

Directed by Nikhil Pherwani, the film, which stars Abuli Mamaji and Arif Zakaria, will be streamed from 15 May.

Arif Zakaria and Abuli Mamaji

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Director Nikhil Pherwani’s Ahaan, which was released in a few theatres in March, is now set to be streamed on Netflix from 15 May. 

Starring debutant Abuli Mamaji and Arif Zakaria, the film tells the story of an unusual friendship between a young man with Down’s Syndrome and a middle-aged man suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). 

Speaking about the film’s online release, Pherwani said in a statement, “The entire team is over the moon with this announcement.”

Highlighting how the over-the-top (OTT) medium has turned out to be a boon for smaller films, the filmmaker said, “OTT platforms have paved a way for niche films to find their audience. It was such an honour to know that our slice-of-life movie will find its own loving audience.” 

Mamaji, who has Down’s Syndrome in real life, had appeared in a few episodes of the second season of the Hindi web-series Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors (2020)

Produced by the Will Finds Way Films banner, Ahaan also stars Niharika Singh, Plabita Borthakur and the veteran artiste Rajit Kapur.

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