Madhur Bhandarkar’s Covid-themed film India Lockdown featuring Shweta Basu Prasad & Sai Tamhankar to release on Zee5; motion poster of Sanjay Dutt, Mouni Roy, Sunny Singh’s horror-comedy The Virgin Tree out

Two interesting announcements regarding upcoming films are coming the way of Hindi film fans. Madhur Bhandarkar took to social media to announce his upcoming project India Lockdown that will depict four parallel stories and the repercussions of Covid pandemic. On the other hand, Sanjay Dutt and Deepak Mukut join hands for their maiden horror film The GIN Tree and announced the film with a short teaser.

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Madhur Bhandarkar's Covid-themed film ‘India Lockdown’ to premiere on Zee5

Madhur Bhandarkar is all set to direct India Lockdown, a film that will follow four parallel stories and the repercussions of the covid pandemic on the people of India, and is the first Indian feature film on covid pandemic. The film stars Shweta Basu Prasad, Aahana Kumra, Prateik Babbar, Sai Tamhankar and Prakash Belawadi in key roles. Commenting on the occasion, Madhur Bhandarkar said, "Lockdown was a tough phase for many as people struggled to make ends meet and that gave seed to a thought to make a film on people affected by the lockdown. India Lockdown is a product of my observations, and it depicts raw stories of real people across various walks of life. This is a film that will resonate with many in some or the other way and I am glad that it will be released on ZEE5 and reach out to so many people across the world".

Written by Amit Joshi and Aradhana Sah with Madhur Bhandarkar, India Lockdown explores the lives of disparate characters who are catapulted into an unforeseen dramatic situation instigated by the lockdown due to the corona pandemic. The four parallel stories explored are that of a father-daughter duo who are stuck in different cities during a crucial high point in the daughter's life; a sex worker and the hardships she goes through in her personal and professional life due to the lockdown, a migrant worker who barely manages to provide bread and butter for his family and an airhostess who for the first time has some downtime compelling her to introspect.

The film will be produced by Dr. Jayantilal Gada of PEN Studios, Madhur Bhandarkar's Bhandarkar Entertainment and Pranav Jain's P J Motions Pictures. Dr. Jayantilal Gada, Chairman & MD of Pen Studios said in a statement, "We at Pen Studios have always associated with great content and talented directors. 'India Lockdown' is just that. It has a very relevant story, and everyone shall identify with it in one way or another as no one is a stranger to pandemic. Madhur Bhandarkar is a master storyteller, and we are happy to associate with him and such content driven cinema."

India Lockdown will exclusively premiere on OTT platform ZEE5.

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Sanjay dutt and Deepak Mukut join hands for their maiden venture The GIN TREE

Sanjay Dutt is keen to carve his name as a prolific producer. A year ago, Dutt set up his production company - Three Dimension Motion Pictures Pvt Ltd which will bankroll feature films and other content. Now, one hears that along with producer Deepak Mukut’s Soham Rockstar Entertainment, the star is steering his company into the first venture. The duo has come together for their next titled The  GIN TREE. The film is a horror comedy with an ensemble which includes Sunny Singh, Mouni Roy, Palak Tiwari, Aasif Khan and  also the launch vehicle for debutant Beyounic. It is directed by Sidhaant Sachdev and written by Vanuksh Arora & Sidhaant Sachdev.

Talking about the film, Sanjay Dutt says, “I am pleased to back the film which was exactly the script I was looking for. The film is the perfect blend of comedy and horror, with the right balance of chills and thrills. I am so glad to have found a production partner, in Deepak Mukut whose cinematic vision and ideals aligns with mine. I always wanted to encourage young fresh talent in the industry and with this film, we launch a new director with brilliant fresh vision. He has put together an eclectic cast and I wish them the best time and a glorious shoot ahead.”

Deepak Mukut says, “Sanjay Dutt is cinema legacy. In him, I have found someone who aligns with me on my own creative vision. The GIN TREE is a movie that I truly believe has all the elements of being an out and out entertainer. It’s rib tickling humour coupled with chills is such a perfect script. My association with Mr Dutt makes this an even more special experience. I can’t wait for everyone to watch the film we have envisioned. It’s a cracker of a story that ensures the audience has a great time at the movies.”

Director Sidhaant Sachdev says, “This is a dream opportunity for me. I am so grateful to Sanjay Sir for putting his faith in me and to Deepak Mukut Sir for backing my vision. The shoot of your first film is something everyone remembers with great fondness. I have a wonderful cast and I am gonna be eternally grateful for the warmth, love and opportunity that’s come my way.”

The GIN TREE, A Soham Rockstar Entertainment & Three Dimension Motion Pictures production, produced by Deepak Mukut & Sanjay Dutt, directed by Sidhaant Sachdev, co-produced by Hunar Mukut . It's a Soham Rockstar Entertainment.

(Source: Agencies/IANS)