Hungama Play, a leading video on demand platform owned by Hungama Digital Media, today launched ‘Ratriche Pravasi, a Hungama Original in Marathi. An anthology, the show features 5 unique and thought-provoking stories set in red light areas.
Each story follows a character leading an incomplete life and seeking something – love, physical pleasures, refuge or just closure – a man who is ashamed of being a prostitute’s son and has an awakening in a place he detests the most; a 69 year old who is unapologetic about his physical needs and refuses to be shamed by the society; a jilted lover who comes to terms with reality and decides to start a new chapter in his life; an 18 year old who wants to feel physical affection at least once before he renounces all worldly pleasures; a conman who makes a living out of robbing people but gets robbed of something deeply precious instead. Though they feature in distinct stories, each of these characters visit a red light area for the first time in their lives and eventually find wisdom and solace there. Their experiences may range from sensual to provocative, but irrespective of that, a single night ends up changing their outlook forever! Produced by Anil V Kumar Productions in association with Hungama Digital Media, all episodes of the show have been directed by Anil V Kumar.
The show is now available to stream on Hungama Play, Hungama’s video on demand platform. The platform has earlier launched several blockbuster original shows in Marathi, including the Bhau Kadam-starrer Shree Kaamdev Prasanna, and Padded ki Pushup that featured Aniket Vishwasrao and Tejashri Pradhan. It also offers over 160 Marathi movies and more than 1200 short-format videos in Marathi across categories like music, entertainment, movies etc. Ratriche Pravasi is also available to stream through Hungama Play on MX Player, Airtel Xstream App, Vi Movies and TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Tata Sky Binge, DishSMRT Stick, D2H Stream, DishSMRT Hub, Flipkart Video, SonyLIV, ISPs like Meghbela Broadband, Alliance Broadband, ACT Fibernet and Netplus, and Smart TVs like TCL, OnePlus TV, LG, Sony BRAVIA, CVTE, Toshiba and CloudWalker. Additionally, Hungama’s association with Xiaomi will enable consumers to watch the show via Hungama Play on Mi TV.
Speaking about the show, Siddhartha Roy, COO, Hungama Digital Media said, “In the last few years, we have witnessed an exponential increase in demand for stories that are entertaining, relatable and narrated in local languages. Ratriche Pravasi offers five unique stories driven by human emotions and feature compelling performances that will certainly be appreciated by Marathi-speaking audiences worldwide. We intend to launch several more shows, movies and short-format content in Marathi this year, aiming to increase our user-base in the region by 2x.”
Speaking about the series, Anil V Kumar, Founder, Anil V Kumar Productions said, “The show has a unique concept that hasn’t been explored before. It delicately highlights the emotions and wisdom that exist in red light areas through characters that are deep and sensitive. I am glad to have worked with a team of actors and crew that came together in a short span of time
and breathed life into their respective roles. I look forward to the reactions from the audiences.”
The show is headlined by an ensemble cast that includes popular TV actors like Sudhir Pande, Anju Mahendru, Iqbal Khan, Barkha Sengupta, Parag Tyagi, Avinash Mukherjee, Shiny Doshi, Renee Dhyani, Mansi Srivastava, Reyhna Pandit, Akashdeep Arora, Pyomri Mehta, Supriya Shukla and Indresh Malik.
Elaborating on the show, Iqbal Khan said, “Ratriche Pravasi captures human emotions in a very unique way. We, as human beings are very judgemental and we sometimes get lessons of life from places we never think of going to and from people we think are not as good as us. In that sense, the show is a mirror to the society. It was great working with Anil V Kumar again. I have worked with him on multiple occasions, he is a great director and it is always amazing working with him.”
Mansi Srivastava said, “My character in the show is perceptive and even though she lacks something vital in life, she more than makes up for it with her positive attitude. It is always a delight to play characters that have depth. I am certain that audiences will appreciate the stories and the characters.”
Barkha Sengupta said, “The character that I play is a sensitive portrayal of a mother’s love for her child. It is one of the most universal emotions and is certain to strike a chord with the audiences. I was thrilled to be a part of a show that is so strikingly unique. I hope the audiences love the show as well.”
Parag Tyagi said, “The story that I am a part of deals with relationships and the journey of this one individual trying to move on in life. It is a complex narrative that has been dealt with in the most delicate fashion. I want to thank Anil V Kumar Sir for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to play the most complex character I have ever played. I am certain that the audiences will be able to relate to my character at some level.”