13th March, Mumbai: ZEE5, India’s largest homegrown OTT platform, announced its upcoming direct to digital movie – Kanjoos Makhichoos today. Written and directed by Vipul Mehta, the comedy drama stars Kunal Kemmu, Shweta Tripathi, Piyush Mishra, Alka Amin, Rajiv Gupta and the late Raju Srivastav in pivotal roles and is set to premiere on ZEE5 on 24th March 2023.
An interesting comedy drama – Kanjoos Makhichoos is the story of Jamnaprasad Pandey (Kunal Khemu) who is infamous in the entire town of Deoria, Uttar Pradesh as a miser. His parents, Gangaprasad Pandey (Piyush Mishra) and Saraswati Pandey (Alka Amin), wife Madhuri (Shweta Tripathi) and son Krish, are fed up with Jamna’s penny-pinching habits. Right from allocating one bucket per person for bathing to using one agarbatti throughout the month, Jamnaprasad never spares a single rupee unnecessarily. However, little does the family know that Jamna has been saving up to fulfill his father’s longstanding wish of going on a char-dhaam yatra.
Jamna’s happiness of having fulfilled his father’s wish is short lived because destiny plays tricks and due to heavy rains and flooding, the contact between the family breaks. The Government declares people missing for more than 25 days dead and releases a compensation of Rs. 7 lakhs for each missing person, making it 14 lakhs for Jamna’s both parents. However, by the time the money reaches Jamnaprasad, it is reduced to 10 Lakhs as government officers in the middle have generously shared 4 lakhs of the compensation money amongst themselves. Upset that he has been cheated like this, Jamna decides to fight back against an illicit system. But, will a powerless, generally undermined middle-class person win against a powerful, corrupt system?
Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 India said, “Being a consumer-first brand, we at ZEE5 look for diverse content to feed the growing appetite of Indian diaspora. Kanjoos Makhichoos is a unique concept which is sure to spark the audience’s interest and tickle their funny bone. It is a refreshing story with light-hearted humour, entertainment and a sweet message. Also, the talented cast led by Kunal Kemmu and Piyush Mishra have done a great job at delivering entertainment with their pitch perfect comic timing. We hope that our viewers will have fun watching this family entertainer”.
Producer Deepak Mukut said, “Apart from being a family entertainer, Kanjoos Makhichoos also has a beautiful message for the viewers. We had a whale of a time shooting for the film along with the talented bunch of actors including Kunal Kemmu, Shweta Tripathi, Piyush Mishra and others. We are happy to announce the release date of the movie and hope the audience enjoys it just the way we all enjoyed making it”.
Director Vipul Mehta said, “Kanjoos Makhichoos is a story of a middle-class, simple-minded Pandey family, belonging to Lucknow. The story has a very realistic approach with humane and relatable characters. The humour depicted in the film is also very natural. In this world of nuclear urban families, our film is focussing on the story of a joint, close-knitted family. The protagonist Jamnaprasad is a miser minded person and his miserly ways will steal the heart of the audience. Overall, my journey with Zee has been everlasting as my first show ’Koshish Ek Aasha’ aired on Zee and now my first Hindi debut film Kanjoos Makhichoos is also releasing on ZEE5”.
Actor Kunal Kemmu said, “Kanjoos Makhichoos is the kind of film that I would love to watch with my family because it is a complete mass entertainer. It has the perfect dose of drama, comedy, plot twists, a sweet message and a whole lot of entertainment. Also, I had a great time shooting with my co-actors and the entire crew because the energy on-set was great. I am sure that my fans and their families will enjoy this film”.
Kanjoos Makhichoos will stream exclusively on ZEE5 from 24th March 2023
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