ZEE5, India’s largest home-grown streaming platform and multi-lingual storyteller, announced the premiere of their latest and the biggest Bengali original series ‘Abar Proloy’ starring Saswata Chatterjee, Gaurav Chakrabarty, Paran Bandopadhyay, Ritwick Chakraborty, Koushani Mukherjee and June Maliah in pivotal roles. Directed and produced by Raj Chakraborty, and produced by Subhashree Ganguly, the action-thriller is Raj’s first-ever web series on ZEE5. The show is all set to release on ZEE5 on 11th August.
Spanning 10 episodes, this massy Bengali cop drama revives the beloved character of Animesh Dutta [played by Saswata Chatterjee], a special crime branch officer who is sent to Sunderbans to hunt down the deadly mastermind who has been invisible for years and is running a wide-spread human trafficking racket.
Animesh plunks into a cobweb of crimes to fulfil his mission, starting off by saving a minor Dugga, from the clutches of ‘Hujjas’, a gang of young hooligans ruling the island. ‘Abar Proloy’ is all about Animesh Dutta, ripping out layers of mysterious elements to unveil a forgotten tale of friendship, jealousy, passion, love, and revenge.
The quirky cop is faced with opposition from Kanu [played by Gaurav Chakraborty], the devious mastermind, the island’s godman Shambhu Babu [played by Ritwick Chakraborty], and his gorgeous second-in-command Mohini Maa [played by Koushani Mukherjee].
Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 India said, “We are thrilled to collaborate with Raj Chakraborty for his first ever web-series ‘Abar Proloy’. The series is an entertaining thriller with thought-provoking insights on the prevalent scenario of human trafficking. With great performances and a strong narrative, the series will certainly be a captivating experience for our audience and will strike a chord with its message.”
Producer and Director Raj Chakraborty added, “Any form of content should showcase the raw and real nature of the world, with a hint of entertainment. While making ‘Abar Proloy’, I wanted to cultivate awareness about the criminality of human trafficking that targets innocent, minor girls. Saswata Chatterjee’s marvellous embodiment of Animesh Dutta helped me create an essence of fearlessness instilled by a heroic cop with a calm and chill attitude. The entire cast and crew have given it their heart and soul to bring alive individual characters and my vision for my first web-series. I am optimistic of the audience response for my debut in the digital space.”
Actor Saswata Chatterjee said, “Animesh Dutta is a character that is very close to me. I have always loved crime and detective dramas, and I am grateful to Raj for believing that I would be a perfect fit for this character. I am very excited to see the audience’s reaction to the revival of Animesh in ‘Abar Proloy’.”
He further adds: “My action performance was mostly based on rehearsals. My base is the script. After working on Proloy, I was very clear about the mind space and body language of Animesh Dutta. The story is very interesting. The 10 episodes are very gripping. Each and every character is well-crafted. The fact that nothing is challenging enough for Animesh Dutta. He throws challenges at other people. That is the best thing about him. He does a lot of things which a normal person doesn’t do.”
Gaurav Chakrabarty added, “I have mostly played the dashing, charming heroes in my career. Essaying the character of ‘Kanu’ in ‘Abar Proloy’ has been a much-needed refresher. I was a little anxious about this change, but the confidence that Raj da, Saswata da, and my other co-stars showed in me, helped me do justice to my character. I am really eager to know how my fans will respond to this new ‘bad-boy’ version of me.”
Koushani Mukherjee stated, “My debut in this industry was with Raj Chakraborty Sir’s direction. It brings me immense joy to be able to be a part of this new journey in the digital space with him. All the hard-work and effort we have put into this web-series will be worth it when viewers enjoy watching our series ‘Abar Proloy’ on ZEE5.”