Amazon Prime Video Brings Together 5 Of India’s Finest Creative Forces For Unpaused, An Anthology Of Five Hindi Short Films

Amazon Prime Video Brings Together 5 Of India’s Finest Creative Forces For  Unpaused, An Anthology Of Five Hindi Short Films

MUMBAI, India: Amazon Prime Video today announced Unpaused - an anthology of five Hindi short films filmed during the pandemic and featuring stories about New Beginnings. The new Amazon Original includes 5 short films: 

I.    The Apartment, directed by Nikkhil Advani (D-Day) and starring Richa Chadha (Inside Edge), Sumeet Vyas (Wakaalat From Home), Ishwak singh (Paatal Lok)
II.    Rat – A – Tat featuring Rinku Rajguru (Sairat), directed by Tannishtha Chatterjee (Parched)
III.    Chaand Mubarak directed by Nitya Mehra (Made in Heaven) starring Ratna Pathak Shah (Thappad) and Shardul Bhardwaj (Bhonsle)
IV.    Sample House directed by Avinash Arun (Paatal Lok) starring Abhishek Banerjee (Paatal Lok) and Geetika Vidya Ohlyan (Thappad) 
V.    Glitch directed by Raj & DK (The Family Man) starring Gulshan Deviah (Afsos), Saiyami Kher (Breathe: Into the Shadows). 

The anthology follows the successful launch of Putham Pudhu Kaalai, the Tamil five-film anthology as well as the successful releases of several widely acclaimed Hindi films such as Chhalaang, Shankuntala Devi and Gulabo Sitabo, as well as Amazon Original series Bandish Bandits, Paatal Lok, Breathe: Into The Shadows, Mirzapur Season 2 among others. Prime members in India and across 200 countries and territories can stream the Amazon Original Anthology film, Unpaused Hindi starting December 1 only on Amazon Prime Video.

Unpaused was shot in compliance with government rules and regulations issued in the state of Maharashtra, for filming during the Unlock phase. 

“The union of such creative forces during these unprecedented times is testament to the fact that creativity cannot be capped,” said Aparna Purohit, Head of India Originals, Amazon Prime Video. She added, “These turbulent times call for faith and assurance in the power of new beginnings. It is our endeavour to consistently bring unique stories and newer formats on the service through our Originals offering; and we are delighted to offer a fresh format with Unpaused Hindi.”

"We are excited to extend our successful association with Amazon Prime Video and explore a new genre together.,” said Raj and DK, “Creating The Family Man was a liberating experience for us as content creators, and the assurance of thinking unconstrained has only encouraged us to extend our collaboration through Glitch. We are certain viewers will enjoy the film as much as we enjoyed making it.” 

“We went far down the roads of ingenuity and resourcefulness to come up with an exciting visual experience like The Apartment,” said director, Nikkhil Advani. “With the cast and crew working towards a common goal, and having to think outside the box to bring this creation to life, this production experience has been a novelty. The intent is to showcase the optimism new beginnings carry, and we are happy to be able to take this story to a global audience across the world with Amazon Prime Video.”

“It is inspiring to join creative forces with four incredibly talented directors to bring to life the theme of new beginnings,” said Tannishtha Chatterjee, “At such unprecedented times, many across the world are hoping for a new beginning and I believe viewers across the world will relate to this film, through its unique storyline and underlying message. I am happy to collaborate with Amazon Prime Video and excited that viewers across the world will get to stream what we have created for them.”

Director, Nitya Mehra said, “It feels wonderful to be back on shoots after months of staying indoors. The focus for us, with Chaand Mubarak, was to bring to the homes of the viewers, everyday people with unusual grit, courage and positivity. I am happy to join forces once again with Amazon Prime Video for a novel storytelling format such as Unpaused.”

"After the recent success of Paatal Lok I am delighted to extend my collaboration with Amazon Prime Video with a new genre,”, said director Avinash Arun, “It has been an introspective journey for all of us, as we seek to convey these messages through Sample House (working title), in association with Amazon Prime Video. It has also challenged us to drum up innovative ways of telling a story, keeping in mind safety and health protocols, that are the need of the hour."