These atrangi comedy stories on ZEE5 show us how it's ok to be different
ZEE5 launched it’s new ‘Atrangi Dekhi, Atrangi Raho’ campaign. As the largest original content producer in India, ZEE5 brings you stories from all over the country that are unique and revolutionise content as we know it. This offbeat storytelling reflects in the ZEE5 Original comedy films and series. There are stories of sterilization and surrogacy and the characters could be smut writers or even scriptwriters.
1. Bhalla Calling Bhalla
Bhalla Calling Bhalla is a unique comedy series made entirely under lockdown. This series tells the story of the Bhalla family who is all living in different cities when the lockdown begins, but still manage to help each other (and annoy each other). This funny series is shot by the actors on their mobile phones and is a unique look at modern ‘sitcoms’.
Watch the first episode of Bhalla Calling Bhalla for free here.
2. Virgin Bhasskar
Virgin Bhasskar is a romantic comedy about a shy and reclusive porn writer who finds his true love. This series explores comedy through the awkward situations he has to face while hiding his job from the girl he loves. This is a unique story from a small town in India which also highlights the porn addiction among youngsters.
Ghoomketu is one of the films to make a direct to digital release on ZEE5. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the role of a writer to comes to Mumbai to become a Bollywood scriptwriter in 30 days. If the plot seems odd, the movie used different elements like celebrity cameos, funny flashbacks, breaking the fourth wall and more to make this movie even more hilarious.
Shukranu is a social comedy about the forced sterilizations that happened in India during the Emergency Era. This film starring Divyendu, Shweta Basu Prasad and Sheetal Thakur is a fictional story of one of the victims who ends up falling in love with two women but is not sure if he can satisfy them. This satire film highlights the tragedy of the time through a well-written comedy.
5. Badnaam Gali
Badnaam Gali is the story of a surrogate mother starring Patralekha and Divyenndu. This is another social comedy which highlights the awkward situations a surrogate mother might have to go through in her daily life. Patralekha stars in this film as a mother who gets paid to bear children for other people and she refuses to feel any shame or judgement the society puts on her.
Bonus: Boom Boom
Boom Boom is a hilarious and awkward short film. This film starring Rhea Chakraborty and Monjot Singh is a funny story of a modern couple who’ve just had an arranged marriage spending their first night together without knowing each other too well.
Watch this film and others as part of the ZEE5 Short Film Festival featuring films by Vikrant Massey, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajeev Khandelwal, Shriya Pilgaonkar and many more.