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ZEE5 unveils first look of ‘Break Point’

The upcoming non-fiction series is based on the lives of Leander Paes & Mahesh Bhupathi.

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Mumbai: ZEE5 has unveiled first look of the upcoming non-fiction series "Break Point", based on the lives of tennis champions Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. The seven-episode series will be exclusively available on ZEE5 soon.

The streaming platform has partnered with award-winning filmmaker duo Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari to helm this series. It marks ZEE5’s first partnership with the filmmakers under their banner Earthsky Pictures, known for films such as "Dangal", "Panga", "Chhichhore", and "Nil Battey Sannata". This is also the first time that Ashwiny and Nitesh will be co-directing a project. 

Revealing the first poster of the ZEE5 original series, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari in a joint statement said, "It's great to bring to screen a series like this on the home-grown video streaming platform ZEE5. Working with icons Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes has been surreal. Bringing their untold story to screen is something that we will cherish forever.”

"Break Point" is a telling narrative of Paes and Bhupati’s friendship, partnership, belief, hard work and ambitions which made them one of the most feared doubles pairs during the late 1990s, ranking the world's top position in 1999. The series also throws light on their bitter breakup and how they couldn’t hold on to their meteoric rise.

Sharing his sentiments on the upcoming series, Paes said, "I enjoyed this walk down memory lane shooting for ‘Break Point’ with wonderful storytellers like Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari in collaboration with ZEE5. While Mahesh and my on-court partnership was widely covered, our off-court chemistry was largely speculated. This is the first time that our fans will get to see and hear it all, first-hand. Mahesh and I worked really hard to put India on top of world tennis and we are glad that we are getting a chance to present our story to the world, like never before.”

Bhupathi added, “It is no secret that I am reserved when it comes to communicating, so this is a big step for me to relive the journey and put it all out there in the most candid and honest manner. But, at the same time, I am happy that our fans will get to see our journey which was a mix of sweat, perseverance, brotherhood and at times blood and tears as well. This is surely going to be a treat for all, and I am thankful to Ashwiny, Nitesh, and ZEE5 for giving it everything.”

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