ZEE5, India's largest home-grown video streaming platform, has been consistently catering to the entertainment needs of its many viewers over the last 4 years by partnering with the country’s foremost storytellers. And coming up next is ZEE5 Original Film, India Lockdown in partnership with PEN studios, Bhandarkar Entertainment and PJ Motion Pictures. Directed by the renowned man, Madhur Bhandarkar, India Lockdown had its World Premiere at IFFI ahead of its direct-to-digital ZEE5 premiere on 2nd December and the cast and the crew received a stupendous response at the credible film festival further bolstering the film’s credibility and hype.
IFFI is held every year between November 20 and 28 and is conducted jointly by the Directorate of Film Festivals (under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) and the state Government of Goa. In the past editions, several significant films have premiered here and celebrities from all over India, as well as the world, have made their presence felt. The 53rd edition is also seeing many renowned films make their debut including India Lockdown. The director, Madhur Bhandarkar along with the lead actors, Shweta Basu Prasad, Aahana Kumra, Prateik Babbar and Sai Tamhankar received a standing ovation for their earnest work in the film. India Lockdown is one of the most awaited films of the year and India’s first feature film on Covid pandemic.
National Award Winner, Madhur Bhandarkar said, "This was India Lockdown’s first public screening and the thunderous response from the festival goers have uplifted my spirit. The performances of all actors have been applauded and this has given me an assurance that India Lockdown will be loved by people world over as it is real, relatable and raw. Lockdown was struggle for everyone, but certain stories had to be narrated and documented. The movie is a product of my observations and portrays those untold stories that showcase a different side to human emotions – from uncertainty and anxiety to loneliness and survival instincts. I cannot wait for the world to see it on ZEE5 on 2nd December”.