By Jyothi Venkatesh
The filming of Platoon One Films’ drama Aye Zindagi (life finds a way) starts this Sunday September 12th in Mumbai. Aye Zindagi The leading role is played by veteran actress Revathi, who won the National & Filmfare Award and will mark her return to Hindi cinema in a leading role. Against the background of an organ transplant, the film Revathi is shown as a female protagonist together with the rising star Satyajeet Dubey (Diaries from Mumbai 26/11), who plays the young Vinay Chawla, in an outstanding ensemble, including the former Miss Kerala Indu Thampy in her Hindi debut (known for Malayalam films such as Eighteen hours, Father’s Day), celebrated Gujarati actor Hemant Kher (of Fraud 1992 Fame), Shrikant Verma (Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Tandav), Sawan Tank (Ram Prasad ki Tehrvi) and Mahesh Sharma (Ankhon Dekhi, Dum Laga Ke Haisha).
Written and directed by debut director Anirban, the film is a human feel-good drama like no other. He says: “As a doctor, people share with me their most intimate secrets, hopes and desires, which give me a unique insight into human existence. Personally, I’ve lived with this story for many years and I’m excited to bring it to the big screen with such a talented cast and crew. With this true story of loss, love, grief, and redemption, I hope the audience can appreciate the beauty of the human spirit and the life changing power of ethical organ transplants where death is not just the end of something. it is also the beginning of a new life. “
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Revathi shares what fascinated her about the film. “When director Anirban told me the story, I was moved by his passion and vision for it. While it’s a very encouraging story and feels good too, I know it will be a challenge as a hospital is not an easy place to shoot a whole movie. “
Satyajeet Dubey, their recently released web show Diaries from Mumbai 26/11 receives rave reviews from audience and critics, agrees and calls Aye Zindagi the “most emotionally and physically challenging” role of his career. In order to prepare for the role of a young man with cirrhosis of the liver, Satyajeet has already lost 8 kilos for the role. He adds, “I was drawn to this story because it is beautifully written and based on a true story that makes reality sound stranger than fiction. It moved me not only as an actor, but also as a person and made me want to disappear into this role. “
Aye Zindagi is produced by Shiladitya Bora’s Platoon One Films, under whose banner he produced the 2020 National Award-winning Marathi film picasso as well as Kind regards, starring Soni Razdan & Pankaj Tripathi, which premiered at the 2018 Busan International Film Festival not only for its rich and engaging narrative, but also for the sheer beauty of human relationships built on ethical organ donation. Cinema is a powerful medium for reaching large audiences and we believe this story will resonate with audiences and bring a new perspective on a complex and often misunderstood subject. “
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As a producer, filmmaker, distributor, marketer and syndicator, Bora has also been featured in some of the best Indian independent cinemas of the past decade with films such as SIR, Court, Masaan, Newton among other. As a former talent at the Berlinale, Bora is now working on the post-production of his directorial debut Bhagwan Bharose. Aye Zindagi is a human drama about life and its many paradoxes. Set against ethical organ transplants, the film explores the beauty of relationships and the interconnectedness of life as the quirks of fate and the whims of fate shake the foundations of our best plans.
Platoon One Films is all about the art, craft and business of cinema. We are a boutique film studio and turnkey solution provider for the film business with a focus on production, marketing, sales and syndication. We believe that quality content doesn’t have to be boring, inaccessible, or constrained by boundaries. For this reason, our highly specialized team pursues a common goal – to help top-class cinema reach a global audience in a meaningful and profitable way. Platoon One was also the Indian release partner of Rohena Gera’s Cannes favorite, Is love enough Mr received two Filmfare Awards for lead actor Tillotama Shome and writer and director Rohena Gera after being nominated for five.