The Broken News First Look: Sonali Bendre Makes OTT Debut With Zee5’s Journalism Drama

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The first look at Broken News is here. Zee5 has unveiled the poster for its Hindi adaptation of the British journalist series Press. It is the streaming platform’s first collaboration with BBC Studios India – the production and distribution arm of the BBC. The first look introduces us to the cast of The Broken News, which is helmed by Sonali Bendre, Jaideep Ahlawat and Shriya Pilgaonkar. The show marks Bendre’s debut on subscription-based streaming services, colloquially known as OTT (over-the-top) services. Bendre said she chose The Broken News because the character resonated with her.

Bendre told Midday, “The first thing is that I liked the script, the character I play (on The Broken News) and what the show is saying. It resonates! The second part is, I’m in a phase of life where it’s more about me, I have more time. I want to do a lot more and work again. Although I had been working it wasn’t a priority, now it’s a priority! There’s so much fun stuff going on that I’m feeling a little left out. Even I want to be a part of it.”

It remains to be seen if The Broken News will help Bendre, who starred in popular Hindi films like actioner Aag and drama Zakhm in the 90s, start her new innings on a good note.

Pilgaonkar and Ahlawat, on the other hand, are no strangers to the digital space. Pilgaonkar rose to fame playing a key character in the action-packed series Mirzapur. Similarly, Ahlawat received critical acclaim for his work on the crime drama Paatal Lok and later appeared in the Zee5 series Bloody Brothers. In addition to the main trio, The Broken News cast includes Indraneil Sengupta, Taaruk Raina, Aakash Khurana and Kiran Kumar.

Not much is known about the story of The Broken News, but we can assume it’s a little different than that featured in Press, as it explores the dark side of television media, unlike the original – which dealt with print journalism. Additionally, the storyline will likely be tweaked to appeal to Indian audiences.

Broken News release date is yet to be announced.


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