By: Mohnish Singh
ZEE5 Global, the world’s largest streaming platform for South Asian content, released their most anticipated and talked about film Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai on May 23. Starring Padma Shri and National Award recipient Manoj Bajpayee, the film received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. From calling it Manoj Bajpayee’s finest performance to regarding it as the best film of the year so far to being labelled a masterpiece deserving a national award, Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai garnered positive responses from across the globe.
The legal drama has now broken viewership records on its launch day. The Apoorv Singh Karki directorial recorded the highest viewership from a ZEE5 Original within 24 hours of its release.
Produced by Vinod Bhanushali’s Bhanushali Studios Limited, Zee Studios, and Suparn S Varma, Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai is inspired by true events. It is a courtroom drama directed by Apoorv Singh Karki which stars Manoj Bajpayee as lawyer P.C Solanki.
It is the story of an ordinary man – a high court lawyer who single-handedly fought an extraordinary case against the country’s biggest godman and successfully ended up prosecuting him for the rape of a minor under the POCSO act. The power-packed courtroom drama, touted to be one of the biggest legal courtroom dramas, is now streaming exclusively on ZEE5 Global.
From the script to the brilliant performances, the film leaves a strong impact on the viewers.
Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global said, “We are thrilled by the overwhelming response that global viewers have shown to ‘Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai’. Within just 24 hours of its release, the film has garnered a tremendous viewership, making it the biggest Hindi film opener of the year in the US and recording the highest day 1 viewership for a ZEE5 original movie globally this year. This reinforces our commitment to bringing the finest South Asian entertainment to cinema lovers worldwide.”
Producer Vinod Bhanushali, Bhanushali Studios Limited said, “This proves that only a strong story is enough. The kind of views the film received on a weekday, breaking records of the year, shows how in today’s time our audience prefers to watch a good and compelling story, be it in any language. This motivates us as producers to bring forward more engaging content that can appeal to our viewers.”
Shariq Patel, CBO, Zee Studios, shares, “We are thrilled with all the adulation & love that ‘Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai,’ has received from the audience all over the world. We are delighted with its record-breaking achievement of being the most viewed film in the last year across languages.”
Talking about the success of the film, Manoj Bajpayee said, “It is amazing that after a couple of years of hard work, relentless rehearsals, shootings, and post-production; the contributions of so many people including the crew, Suparn S Varma, Vinod Bhanushali, director Apoorv Singh Karki and actors like Surya Mohan Kulshrestha and Adrija Sinha, the film is being celebrated. Surya Mohan Kulshrestha is being praised, Adrija is being raved about and everyone is being celebrated which gives me such a big reason to celebrate this film.”