Directed by Jatinder Mauhar, Maurh will premiere on July 21 and will also be available in Hindi on ZEE5~
National, 12th July 2023: ZEE5, India’s largest home-grown video streaming platform and a multilingual storyteller started 2023 by treating their subscribers with intriguing, fascinating, and exciting titles every week. The post announcing its foray into Punjabi cinema with Beautiful Billo, Babe Bhangra Paunde Ne, and Mitran Da Naa Chalda, the platform is all set to entertain the audience with the world digital premiere of Maurh. The film stars Ammy Virk, Dev Kharoud, Vikramjeet Virk, Amiek Virk, Naiqra Kaur, and Kuljinder Sidhu in pivotal roles. Helmed by Jatinder Mauhar and produced by Rhythm Boyz and Naad Studios, the historical drama premieres on July 21 exclusively on ZEE5!
Set in the pre-partition era of Punjab, the story chronicles the life of Jeona Maurh, a colonial Punjabi villager, who took up the pistol to avenge his bandit brother Kishna’s death. Jeona is determined to demolish the exploitative land tax mafia, which works with the Indian monarchs and Britishers to impoverish the people, as well as Dogar, another thief who betrayed Krishna. Along with sharp writing and impeccable performances, Maurh explores the socio-political landscape of Punjab during British colonial rule capturing their dreams, struggles, and emotions and keeping history enthusiasts glued to the screen.
Maurh is a one-of-a-kind historical drama that celebrates two unsung heroes, who are hailed as messiahs of the poor. This blockbuster Punjabi movie will also be available in Hindi.
Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 India said, “At ZEE5, we have seen the evolution of Punjabi audience over the last few years, and they are demanding compelling narratives! Maurh is a cinematic masterpiece which weaves a powerful narrative inspired by real-life incidents. ‘Maurh’ serves as a reminder of the resilience, courage, and bravery of individuals who fought against oppressive systems. Furthermore, with Maurh, we are also tapping into a new genre of period dramas which is a distinguished addition to our Punjabi content library. The film’s theatrical release has had a successful run, and we are confident that the film will enthral the subscribers on our platform as well.”
Producer Jatin Sethi – Naad Studios and Karaj Gill – Rythm Boyz said, “Maurh highlights the untold stories of Punjab’s struggle against colonialism. We are looking forward to the second innings of the movie post its release in the theatres. ZEE5 has its presence in 190+ countries; I am sure the audience will enjoy watching it on the platform.”
Director Jatinder Mauhar said, “After producing films like Maurh, I wish to take the Punjabi film domain across geographies and cultures. Maurh is an interesting narrative which delves deep into the lives of Jeona and Kishna who confront the injustices propagated by British rulers and native kings to protect their land. The actors add emotional depth to the film making it worth a watch. I am glad that with ZEE5, a larger set of audience will be able to watch it.”
Actor – Ammy Virk said, “Maurh is a thought-provoking narrative that portrays the journey of two brothers who become Bandits in Punjab. It is a film that embodies the strength and power of Punjabi cinema. Shot in the picturesque locations of Punjab with soul-stirring background music. Portraying Jeona was not easy. The character and movie stoke flames of nationalism portraying the disturbing political climate during the pre-partition era.”
Actor – Dev Kharoud adds, “Maurh represents the colonial period when poor people fell prey to discrimination and ill-treatment by corrupt British landlords. From ruthlessness to untouchability and inequality, the movie showcases grey shades of humanity. It is disheartening to see how the ruling elite established supremacy demeaning the poor. Steeped in the nightmarish colonial period of fear and oppression, Maurh is an authentic depiction of history. I urge everyone to watch our meaningful film on ZEE5.”
Maurh will stream on ZEE5 from July 21!
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