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Zee5 Announces Its Next Short Film, Kajri Babbar’s Award-Winning ‘Khoj’ 

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Jyothi Venkatesh

ZEE5 has always been at the refront of presenting a range of unique content across languages that is relatable, understated, bold, progressive, introspective, layered and open to interpretation. Khoj is one such short film made by young director Kajri BabbarStarring Zara Khan, it is the journey of a young teenage Punjabi bride, from being abandoned and betrayed to the pursuit of , the dual language film (Punjabi & English) has been shot in Punjab & UK.

Director Kajri Babbar said, “Such hard-hitting practices still do exist in the interiors of North India. After researching extensively on it, I was shocked on learning that the issue of wife-abandonment is deep-rooted and widespread, in fact they have incredibly increased after Brexit and the decline in the British economy. Most of these girls are teenagers and their entire life is gambled with. Khoj is my initiative to throw light on such unacceptable and unspoken issues and I am glad ZEE5 joined hands with us to showcase our effort to the world.”

Zara Khan who essays the role of Gurpreet said, “Khoj is a film that has a strong message which I believed in not just as an actor, but as a human being. It is my deepest request that when parents and people of all ages see Khoj, they understand how serious the situation is. I feel honored to play the role of Gurri because deep down she was strong, and most importantly working with Kajri was amazing. As young women, we took up the cause and for someone like Kajri to understand the subject and use it in a cinematic way to spread awareness is commendable. Premiering the film on ZEE5 will ensure it reaches audiences far and wide and we couldn’t have hoped for a better platform than the digital medium for Khoj.”

She further added, “We have the power of cinema and as new age women we want to use it for showing whatever we can in the most honest way possible. I hope I can use my craft to give a voice to such unfortunate happenings and do my small bit to bring about change.”

Manish Aggarwal, Business Head, ZEE5 India said, “Khoj is a brave attempt on an important, on-going issue. At ZEE5, we have always presented content which is meaningful, something that our discerning audience will appreciate. The short film has been beautifully directed by the talented Kajri Babbar and adds another interesting subject to our repertoire of movies on the platform.”

Aparna Acharekar, Programming Head, ZEE5 India said, “At ZEE5, we consistently aim to provide a range of content for the audience, something that creates an impact and stays with them. Khoj is in line with this and as a young director, Kajri Babbar has been able to skilfully address an important existing issue. The viewers will appreciate the gripping narrative and more importantly the larger message that the film addresses.”

Khoj has premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 and was also a semi-finalist at The Student Academy Awards 2018.

Apart from blockbuster feature films, ZEE5 has a range of critically acclaimed films as part of the ZEE5 Film Festival as well as short films such as Mehram, Tamashree, Dhaaga and now Khoj, among others on the platform.

With over 3500 films, 500+ TV shows, 4000+ music videos, 35+ theatre plays and 90+ LIVE TV Channels across 12 languages, ZEE5 truly presents a blend of unrivalled content offering for its viewers across the nation and worldwide

Pricing: Freemium pricing model with both free and paid premium content (including Originals) to cater to a mix of audiences. Viewers who subscribe to the ZEE5 subscription pack will get access to the entire library of content with – 99/- for 1 month and 999/- for a year

ZEE5 is digital entertainment destination launched by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), a global Media and Entertainment powerhouse. With content across 12 languages like English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Gujarati & Punjabi, ZEE5 is home to 1 lakh hours of On Demand Content and 90+ live TV channels. The platform brings together the best of Originals, Indian and International Movies and TV Shows, Music, Kids content, Cineplays, Live TV and Health and Lifestyle content all in one single destination. ZEE5 offers ground breaking features like 11 navigational languages, content download option, seamless video playback and Voice Search.

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