ZEE5 Announces ‘Comedy Couple’ With Talented Actors Saquib Saleem And Shweta Basu Prasad
This #JokinglyYours com-rom is a love story set against the backdrop of the stand-up comedy scene in Delhi, Gurgaon.
ZEE5, India’s largest ConTech brand has consistently presented 100+ Originals since launch. The films and web series presented by the video streaming platform have won accolades across prestigious award forums. Having premiered outstanding Originals across genres, the platform now announces a unique com-rom genre film – ‘Comedy Couple’ starring lead pair Saqib Saleem (Rangbaaz, Dil Junglee) and Shweta Basu Prasad (Shukranu, The Tashkent Files) and produced by Yoodlee Films – the film production arm of Saregama India.
Directed by Nachiket Samant, the film is a com-rom based in Gurgaon and is set against the backdrop of the burgeoning stand-up comedy scene in the city. Yoodlee Films is fresh off the critical success of their last two films, the charming and sensitive National award winner Hamid, and the Tamil slice-of-life drama, KD, that was widely lauded both in India and internationally. They also released two films direct to digital during the ongoing lockdown, to great public acclaim : Axone and Chaman Bahar.
Saqib Saleem says, “I am quite excited, not just for this film, but also the fact that we are the first web feature film to start shooting during the lockdown! I couldn’t be happier to work with ZEE5 again. Rangbaaz was a fantastic experience for me and I am looking forward to ‘Comedy Couple’ now. On set, while it is a changed environment, safety is our top priority. Proud to work with Saregama’s Yoodlee films who have been doing a phenomenal job on set, ensuring everyone’s well-being and safety.”
He further adds, “This genre is something I have always enjoyed, some of my films have been in this space too. It may seem easy, but doing comedy requires a ton of hard work. Can’t wait to start shooting with my co-star Shweta Basu Prasad and the talented crew. Brace yourselves, I am going to be cracking a lot of jokes!”
Shweta Basu Prasad says, “I am super excited to be a part of ‘Comedy Couple’. I have followed Saqib’s work and I really like him as an actor, he is a lot of fun to work with. We’ve done workshops and readings for this film and so far, its been great. It is also one of the first projects to go on floors in the lockdown, which is very exciting to see the whole transition and finally getting back to work. ‘Comedy Couple’ is about Zoya Batra (myself) and Deep Sharma (Saqib) who does stand-up together. It is about their interpersonal relationships, friendship, what they face as a couple and how they land on the jokes. The script is brilliant, fantastically written. It is an out and out comedy but also has drama, twists and a lot of romance too, basically, a com-rom.
She further adds, “I am also honoured to work with Saregama, it is a legendary company which has been in the music industry for decades and worked with the biggest artists in the county. I am proud to be associated with their film production arm Yoodlee Films. It is a great team who has taken all the precautions to keep us safe. We have a COVID officer on set, PPE kits, masks and gloves and everything asked for is provided by the production house. I have followed the director Nachiket’s work. He is fantastic and confident. We have just started shoot. Of course, working with ZEE5, is like coming home. All my latest projects are on ZEE5 – The Tashkent Files, Shukranu and now Comedy Couple, so it’s like my extended family. I am happy to be back at work. I hope people love ‘Comedy Couple’. Even if I was not part of it, I would want definitely want to watch it.”
The film revolves around the lives of Zoya and Deep – a stand-up comedy duo and real-life lovers. They are a laugh-riot on stage, with their sharp and witty take on a variety of issues like finding romance in the city while grappling with the same problems off-stage. When one of their comedy acts go viral, their professional and personal lives collide, resulting in uncomfortable truths and bittersweet realizations, which they must navigate to make sense of their relationship. The screenplay promises to be an astutely observed and an insightful take on love and life in a bustling city and what it takes to survive here, served with sharp humour and ready wit.
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Siddharth Anand Kumar – VP Films and Events – Saregama is excited about this collaboration with ZEE5 and said, “We are really happy that Yoodlee Films will now collaborate with ZEE5 for their next original feature film. The story has a unique setting and is importantly a relevant one, as it mirrors the lives of many young couples who struggle to keep the romance alive in their relationship within the bustling dynamics of a metropolis, that constantly demands so much out of you. We have a solid young cast and an able director at the helm of it, and the fact that it’s going to go as an original on ZEE5 – one of the most widely accessible and popular OTT platforms, ensures that it gets the reach and awareness the film deserves.”
Aparna Acharekar, Programming Head, ZEE5 India said, “Saqib and Shweta are both phenomenal actors and we are glad their relationship with ZEE5 continues with ‘Comedy Couple’. We have content across genres on the platform and ‘comedy’ is something the audience prefers watching too. We have a great partner in Saregama’s Yoodlee Films and we are certain that this film will be something viewers will enjoy.
‘Comedy Couple’ is based on a story by Bikas Mishra with screenplay by Raghav Kakkar & Kashyap Kapoor. Currently shooting, the film will premiere soon on ZEE5.