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In an exciting development in the world of Indian entertainment, principal photography has officially kicked off for the highly-anticipated series, “Paan Parda Zarda.” This grand project brings together some of India’s most distinguished talents and is poised to make waves in the world of streaming content.
Produced by Jio Studios, owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, in collaboration with Reliance Entertainment and Dreamer and Doers Co., “Paan Parda Zarda” is set to be a captivating gangster drama series set against the backdrop of the illegal opium trade in central India. This thrilling series is a result of the combined efforts of a remarkable team of showrunners, co-directors, and writers, each of whom has an impressive track record in the entertainment industry.
Leading the helm as showrunner and co-directors are Gurmmeet Singh, known for his work on the popular Prime Video series “Mirzapur,” and Shilpi Dasgupta, renowned for her directorial skills showcased in the film “Khandaani Shafakhana.” The series also benefits from the creative vision of showrunner Mrighdeep Singh Lamba, recognized for his work in the “Fukrey” film franchise.
The writing team behind “Paan Parda Zarda” is equally illustrious, featuring Suparn S. Varma, known for his contribution to the hit Prime Video series “The Family Man,” Hussain Dalal, who has left his mark on the Prime Video series “Bambai Meri Jaan,” Abbas Dalal, the talent behind the Disney+ Hotstar series “The Trial,” Radhika Anand, who made a name for herself with the Toronto film “Thank You for Coming,” and Vibha Singh, acclaimed for her work in the film “Mardaani.”
The series boasts a stellar ensemble cast, including Mona Singh, who previously impressed audiences in the Prime Video series “Made in Heaven,” Tanvi Azmi, celebrated for her role in the Netflix film “Tribhanga,” Tanya Maniktala, known for her performance in the BBC/Netflix series “A Suitable Boy,” Priyanshu Painyuli, recognized for his work in the SonyLIV series “Charlie Chopra,” Sushant Singh, who left an indelible mark in the Disney+ Hotstar series “The Freelancer,” Rajesh Tailang, familiar to fans of “Mirzapur,” and Manu Rishi, a key figure in the “Fukrey 3” cast.
What sets “Paan Parda Zarda” apart is its intriguing premise and its promise of a fresh perspective on the gangster genre. Set against the backdrop of the illegal opium trade in central India, the series weaves a complex narrative that delves into the intricacies of interwoven relationships. It’s not merely a crime drama but also a tale of love, action, and family drama, making it a multifaceted and engaging viewing experience.
While the production team has embarked on an exciting journey to bring “Paan Parda Zarda” to life, the platform where this promising series will be available has yet to be revealed, leaving fans eagerly anticipating its release.
In addition to “Paan Parda Zarda,” Jio Studios has unveiled an impressive 100-title film and TV slate for 2023. This lineup includes projects like “Avinash,” “UP65,” “Rafoochakkar,” and “Bajaao,” reflecting the studio’s commitment to delivering a diverse range of high-quality content to its audience.
Gurmmeet Singh, one of the co-directors of the series, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “We are excited about starting a brand-new journey with ‘Paan Parda Zarda’ in collaboration with Jio Studios. The series has a unique color and texture; it is page-turning entertainment with elements of love story, action, family drama set against the backdrop of illegal opium smuggling in central India.”
Mrighdeep Singh Lamba, another showrunner, added, “‘Paan Parda Zarda’ is a labor of love that has been created after years of research and writing prep. The audience will relish watching the story unfold in a previously unexplored milieu. This is a beautiful moment for Gurmmeet Singh, Shilpi Dasgupta, and myself as it has been a long-standing dream to take this story to the audience.”
Suparn S. Varma, one of the writers, also shared his thoughts on the project, saying, “Creating the romantic and violent world of ‘Paan Parda Zarda’ was liberating. Our imagination gave wings to characters and situations which break the usual cinematic norm. The series also gave me the opportunity to collaborate with old friends and new, which was an added advantage, making the process deeply satisfying.”
As anticipation builds for the release of “Paan Parda Zarda,” fans of Indian entertainment can look forward to a gripping and multi-dimensional storytelling experience that explores the intriguing world of illegal opium smuggling in central India. With its stellar cast and talented creative team, this series promises to be a standout addition to the world of Indian streaming content in the coming year.