With each passing day, the reach of the digital medium in India is expanding and how! Even the biggest of Bollywood stars are not shying away from exploring opportunities on the web. After the humongous success of Sacred Games and Lust Stories, many popular actors have been approached to headline web-series, the latest one being the dashing Saqib Saleem. The actor, who was most recently seen in Salman Khan’s Race 3 (2018), has been roped in to play the male lead in the forthcoming ZEE5 original titled Rangbaaz.
Based in Gorakhpur, Rangbaaz revolves around a dreaded gangster from the 90’s, who was known for his innumerable crime. The digital series tries to throw light on his human side. Saqib said that he was blown away when he was narrated the script of the series. “When I read the script, I was blown away by the depth of my character. He is such a layered character that I instantly fell in love with the role. I am excited to be a part of this project with ZEE5. The character is dark but honest and relatable and I think the audience will definitely like the concept and enjoy the show,” said the actor.
Manish Aggarwal, Business Head, ZEE5 India said, “At ZEE5, diverse and engaging content has been our mainstay. If you look at the repertoire of content on the platform, you will find it to be edgy and unique. This genre should generate a lot of traction with our male audiences. We are excited about having Saqib on board with us and look forward to working with him and the entire team.”
Rangbaaz will be directed by well-known filmmaker Nishikant Kamat. To be produced by JAR Pictures, the series beings production later this month. It is set to premiere in November.