On 14 February 2020, at the 2nd birth anniversary celebration of ZEE5, the largest OTT platform in India, announced its new original film by the title The Serpent. The Jail, Lafangey Parindey and New York actor Neil Nitin Mukesh will be essaying the lead role.
While he did not reveal anything about his character, but as the name suggests it could be that its inspired by Charles Gurumukh Sobhraj, the French thief, serial killer and prison breaker of Indian and Vietnamese origin. He fled from South Asia’s largest prison, the Tihar Jail in New Delhi. He is best known as the Bikini Killer due to the attire of his victims, as well as the Splitting Killer and the Serpent, due to his skill at deception and evasion. He is currently serving a life sentence in Kathmandu Central Jail.
The Serpent will be directed by Prawaal Raman, who has made films like Darna Marna Hai (2003), Gayab (2004), Darna Zaroori Hai (2006) and Main Aur Charles (2015). The ZEE5 Original film will be one of the four-film anthology made on the most daring and controversial prison break. The film has gone on floors and begun its principal photography already. It is set to be put together as a one-hour feature film.
In the presence of the ZEE5 CEO Tarun Katial, Punit Goenka-MD and CEO of Zee Entertainment Enterprises and Aparna Acharekar-Programming Head of ZEE5, the announcement of The Serpent was witnessed by stars like Chunky Pandey, Ravi Dubey, Nakuul Mehta, Mandana Karimi, Karanvir Bohra, Sudhanshu Pandey, Shweta Prasad Basu, Paoli Dam, Arjun Bijlani, Arjan Bajwa, Vivek Dahiya and other stars.
Excited about the new ZEE5 Original film, Neil Nitin Mukesh shared, “I loved the opportunity as soon as I heard the script. It’s karmic for me to come back with ZEE5. I recently shot with the team it was a wonderful experience. The Serpent will be an exciting film; something new and unique to watch on ZEE5”.
Along with the Serpent, the team of ZEE5 also announced other original series such as Naxal, starring Rajeev Khandelwal which will be directed by acclaimed filmmaker Kunal Kohli. The project will go on floors this March and is probable to launch later this year.
Meanwhile, watch the trailer of another ZEE5 Original film based on a jailbreak:
Until then, stay tuned on ZEE5 Originals for more updates on the cast, logo, teasers and trailers of The Serpent!