Mumbai : Vuclip, a PCCW Media Company, has today announced the names and the star cast of two premium shows that will be launched on its OTT service Viu next month as part of ‘Viu Originals’. This announcement comes close on the heels of the success of recent Viu original series, including What the Duck, a cricket comedy show and Viru Ke Funde, which was hosted by Virender Sehwag.
Presented by Viu and Bollywood ace Vikram Bhatt, ‘Gehraiyaan’ and ‘Spotlight’ will air in February and are expected to delight consumers in markets such as India, Middle East and South East Asia serviced by Viu.
Written by Bhatt, these two shows are co-produced by Viu, Bhatt and Culture Machine.Gehraiyaan is directed by Sidhant Sachdev and Spotlight is directed by Suhail Tatari.
‘Gehraiyaan’ will be an urban supernatural thriller with television A-listers Sanjeeda Sheikh and Vatsal Sheth reigniting their unconventional on-screen chemistry for a digital audience. The show will also star Trishaan Maini and Kajal Pisal.
The other show, with a working title of ‘Spotlight,’ is the story of a small-town girl who overcomes all odds to make it big in the glitz and glamor of Bollywood. Tridha Choudhury, who has acted in Bengali and Telugu films and has won audience appreciation for her TV shows, has been roped in to play the lead. Actors Arif Zakaria, Sid Makkar, Krunal Pandit and Rajesh Khera also star in the show.
Arun Prakash, President and COO for Vuclip said, “Our approach to Viu Originals is anchored in a deep-rooted philosophy that creativity is best delivered direct to consumers undiluted, which is very unlike conventional movie production or broadcaster shows. People will see Vikram’s compelling storytelling, visualization, boundary-pushing and unique flair in both Gehraiyaan and Spotlight. We believe Viu’s youthful audience around the world will find this refreshing and engaging. We have a number of exciting local Original line-ups this year for our global markets, including Indonesia, Malaysia, India and the rest of South East Asia.”
Bollywood director, producer and scriptwriter Vikram Bhatt said, “To entertain the millennials of today, you need a concept that is refreshingly different, a script that is gripping and talent that can bring the script to life, making the audience come back for more. Both of these productions, which will be launched, next month on Viu, are unique and aim to strike a chord with the digital audience.”
Viu will also be launching an array of short form originals next month