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ALTBalaji to release its first original Bengali series ‘Dhimaner Dinkaal’

MUMBAI: ALTBalaji, the OTT platform of Balaji Telefilms, is expanding its portfolio of regional content. After releasing the Tamil web series ‘Maya Thirrai’, the OTT platform is set to launch its first original Bengali series ‘Dhimaner Dinkaal’.

Directed by Saugata Nandi, the digital show will have celebrated Bengali talents including Saswata Chatterjee, Sreelekha Mitra, Khoraj Mukherjee and Sudipta Banerjee.

‘Dhimaner Dinkaal’ is the story of an ordinary man who lives a life of simplicity away from the madness of technology and internet. The show will explore how his life takes an unexpected turn when he is forced into embracing the new world of technology.

ALTBalaji CEO Nachiket Pantvaidya said, “ALTBalaji is the #1 repository of exclusive and original digital content in Indian languages today. After launching with six Hindi and a Tamil show, we continue our commitment to Indian language shows with ‘Dhimaner Dinkaal’, our Bengali show starring Saswata Chatterjee. ‘Dhimaner Dinkaal’ is the extraordinary story of an ordinary man. We are confident that this will be a favourite for Bengalis in and out of India.”

Chatterjee plays the lead role of a simple man named Dhiman. Dhiman is confined to his old habits; he still believes that the internet and modern technology are just a farce in third world countries. Dhiman lives in a contrasting world where his wife’s and daughter’s lives are dominated by the internet, but he prefers to breathe in a space devoid of technology. What happens when he is forced into the digital world?

This is the second regional web series from AltBalaji, which is planning to launch 32 shows across genres such as comedy, drama, thriller, horror and biography. The channel is planning to launch shows like ‘Maya Thirrai’, ‘Ragini MMS 2.2’, [XXXXX]’, ‘Selfiewali PM’, ‘Judaai’, ‘Punchbeat’, ‘Bose’, ‘Kehne Ko Humsafar Hai’, ‘Broken’, ‘Kapoors’, ‘Four Play’, ‘Girlgiri’, ‘Bandhan’, ‘Home’, ‘Vanity Fair’, ‘Mehrunisa’, ‘Cover Girl’, ‘EK Bhoot’, ‘The Mirza Girls’, ‘Dysfunctional’, ‘Mafia’, ‘Mangalyaan’ and ‘Kali’.

Since its launch on 16 April, ALT Balaji has registered two million downloads and paying subscribers from 75+ countries in less than two weeks of its launch. The countries include the US, Canada, UK, Australia, the Far East and UAE.

ALT Balaji’s current line-up includes ‘Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat’, ‘DevDD’, ‘Boygiri’, ‘Bewafaa Sii Wafaa’, ‘Romil and Jugal’, ‘Class of 2017’ and ‘Cyber Squad’. The platform is also airing international shows such as ‘Endeavour’, ‘Murdoch Mysteries’, ‘Love/Hate’, ‘The Doctor Blake Myteries Season 1’, ‘Cheu Yong’, ‘Gab Donc: The Serial Killer’, ‘Who Are You’ and ‘Signal’.