ZEE5 brings untold off-court story of Indian tennis-duo Paes and Bhupathi

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ZEE5, the home-grown video streaming platform from (ZEE), is all set to present the untold story of the Indian tennis titans, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi – their partnership and the bitter break-up with the new series, ‘Break Point’.

ZEE5 has partnered with the award-winning filmmaker duo Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari to helm this sports docu-drama based on the on-court glory and off-court lives of the living legends.

The story is designed to appeal to every Indian eager to know about the humans behind the stars.

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ZEE said in a statement that ‘Break Point’ is a story of belief, hard work, ambitions, conflicts and controversies, but above all a story of hope.

The show will also mark ZEE5’s first partnership with the dynamic filmmakers, under their banner Earthsky Pictures, known for their exceptional movies such as ‘Dangal’, ‘Panga’, ‘Chhichhore’, ‘Nil Battey Sannata’, ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ and more.

“Our content design philosophy is simple – build a deep understanding of viewers as people, not just as consumers of content. Build a bank of insights about the people, their culture, what interests and inspires them, what are their fears, hopes and aspirations. And powered with these insights, tell stories that connect, inspire, entertain and energise,” said Punit Misra, President – Content and International Markets, ZEE.

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Misra added that to tell these “powerful stories” in an impactful way, the company wanted to partner with the best creative leaders.

“I am very proud of our partnership with Ashwiny and Nitesh, to tell the amazing story of Lee and Hesh, true champions of our great country. ‘Break Point’ is our effort to bring to our countrymen and to the world the told, but more importantly, the untold story of these adored champions of India,” said Misra.

A hint of ‘Break Point’ was conveyed through twitter banter between the duo on July 4
th, the 22nd anniversary of their ionic Wimbledon win.

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The series will be a telling narrative on their friendship, their passion for the sport, the intricacies of their relationships and the strains on it in the context of unparalleled success. The duo was one of the most successful doubles pair during the late 1990s, and even ranked world number 1 in the year 1999.

“With ‘Break Point’, we are set to further delight our viewers with a gripping story that drove one of the most famous partnerships in sports from India. We see this story opening the floodgates to a new format of narrative and the breadth of content we have on ZEE5,” added Amit Goenka, President – Digital Businesses & Platforms, ZEE.

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari said, “Break Point is an emotionally moving human story of India’s biggest sports legends and their incredible journey through the ups and downs in their professional and personal life. Through this show, we will witness an exemplary story of hard-work, conflict, belief, emotions and ambitions and showcase some of the most iconic moments of Indian tennis. We are both thrilled to be bringing this interesting story through ZEE5.”

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“Our 20-year journey has been a sensitive mix of achievement, conflict, success, disappointments, and friendship. There is no one better to document this than Ashwiny and Nitesh Tiwari. I look forward to seeing this unfold on ZEE5”, shared Bhupathi.

“I’m really excited to share our story with everyone. There’s been a lot of talk about Leander and Mahesh over the years, but the idea of inspiring the next generation, and sharing the moments with those who have supported us through the years, by telling our story, is what persuaded me to say yes to ‘Break Point’. Friendships are what enrich our lives, and in ‘Break Point’, people will witness the tests a true friendship needs to go through to survive,” added Leander Paes.

The web series will not just take the tennis lovers on a tour, but it will also have a unique concept called fan box; a medium where the fan’s point of view is recorded and placed in front of Lee-Hesh. They would be made to answer some of the most direct questions from the fans and thus capture perspective of players and coaches but also fans. This would allow tennis fans to become part of the narrative and not just be passive viewer.

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