Adah Sharma’s Bastar: The Naxal Story set for OTT release in May

Hard-hitting crime drama ‘Bastar: The Naxal Story’ will release on OTT in May. Produced by Sunshine Pictures Pvt Ltd, the movie will stream on ZEE5 Global from May 17.

Actress Adah Sharma played the role of Neerja Madhavan, a fearless officer who took on the Naxalites. Photo courtesy: Adah Sharma/Instagram
Adah Sharma played the role of Neerja Madhavan, a fearless officer who took on the Naxalites. Photo courtesy: Adah Sharma/Instagram

The film, inspired by true events, revolves around the Naxal insurgency in the Indian state Chhattisgarh and the extraordinary efforts of a single police officer to quell the threat. Along with Adah Sharma, the movie also features Indira Tiwari, Vijay Krishna, Shilpa Shukla, Yashpal Sharma, Subrat Dutta, and Raima Sen in prominent roles.

The movie is directed by Sudipto Sen, who earlier made The Kerala Story, which also featured Adah Sharma in the lead.

Bastar: The Naxal Story will be available in Hindi and Telugu.

Speaking about her experience, Adah Sharma said, “Bastar is a powerful film that tackles a sensitive and important issue. I’m overwhelmed by the love and appreciation that fans have showered upon my character during its theatrical release. With the digital premiere on ZEE5 Global, I feel the film will reach an even wider audience and hope that they continue to shower their love and support. I’m grateful for the opportunity and it was an intense and challenging experience.”

Director Sudipto Sen spoke about the challenging yet rewarding experience he had while making the film. “We aimed to present a very realistic side of the Naxal conflict, drawing inspiration from real-life events and characters.,” Sen said. The filmmaker also praised Sharma and other cast members for their acting, which made the project “even more interesting and convincing”.

“Making ‘Bastar’ was very important for me; it is something I have felt, lived, and understood since my childhood. While the subject matter is intense, we hope this film encourages dialogue and understanding about this terrifying issue,” Sen added.

At ZEE5 Global, we believe in curating a diverse library of content that sparks conversation and widens perspectives. Bastar is a powerful film that tackles the complexities of the Naxal insurgency, offering a raw and thought-provoking exploration of a sensitive topic. Its addition to our platform adds a powerful global narrative to our ever-expanding entertainment landscape.

– Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer at ZEE5 Global.

Producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah said, “This is our second collaboration after “The Kerala Story” and I am proud to be the Producer of Bastar: The Naxal Story. With ‘Bastar,’ we wanted to shed light on the Naxal insurgency in Chhattisgarh, an issue that has impacted countless lives. This film talks about the bravery of those who have fought against this threat, and we hope it serves as a reminder of the importance of addressing such critical societal issues. Exploring this subject was a risky terrain, but I hope viewers appreciate our efforts in bringing this powerful story to the forefront. Sudipto, Adah, and the entire team have worked tirelessly to create a thought-provoking and we are delighted that ZEE5 Global is platforming this authentic portrayal of the Naxal conflict.”