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Get ready to ROFL as Discovery Kids and Excel Entertainment launch the animated comic caper ‘Fukrey Boyzzz’

Dreams can be extremely powerful! But when desi-jugaad is applied to achieve dreams, it could lead to unimaginable chaos! You don’t believe it? Just ask Choocha, Hunny and Laali. Nobody knows more about the power of dreams better than these three!  The friends come together to do some masti which ultimately leads to Fukrapanti. Every time Choocha has an outlandish dream, Hunny tries to make sense of it by putting together an equally outlandish ‘desi jugaad’. While Laali tries to warn them, Bholi Punjaban is always in fray to sabotage the whole plan. But somehow, these motley crew of misfits manage to weasel their way out of trouble and get some good laughs along the way. Fukrey Boyzzz is a rib-tickling production that captures the innocent and harmless masti/mischief of kids. Get ready to ROFL starting October 12th, 2019 at 1.30PM and 7.30PM every day, only on Discovery Kids.

Discovery Kids, the leading kids’ channel from Discovery India, which revolutionized the Indian animation industry with ‘Little Singham’ – an animation series inspired by India’s most successful Supercop brand ‘Singham’, has teamed-up with Excel Entertainment to create this fun-filled laughter-riot based on super hit Bollywood franchise ‘Fukrey’ and ‘Fukrey Returns’.

Present at the launch of ‘Fukrey Boyzzz’ which was held in Mumbai on 25th September to introduce the new animation series, was the lead cast from Excel Entertainment’s movie Fukrey: Richa Chadha, Varun Sharma, Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, film director Mrigdeep Lamba and film writer Vipul Vig.  Excel entertainment’s co-founder, Ritesh Sidhwani, Megha Tata, Managing Director – South Asia, Discovery and Uttam Pal Singh, Head – Discovery Kids were also present on the occasion.

“Fukrey Boyzzz is an apt representation of our ambition in the kids’ genre.  We will continue to innovate and invest heavily in the genre with an aim to be a consistent top 3 player,” said, Megha Tata, Managing Director-South Asia, Discovery. “We are also working towards skinning the Fukrey Boyzzz IP in multiple ways including launching branded merchandise.”

“The launch of Fukrey Boyzzz opens new horizons for us. We are making our foray into animation and are enamored with how this series has shaped-up. I am extremely excited to have characters from our Film Fukrey spread joy to everyone with their crazy antics at school,” said, Ritesh Sidhwani, Co-Founder, Excel Entertainment, as the show preview was unveiled.

Speaking about the show, Uttam Pal Singh, Head – Discovery Kids, said, “We are on a bold and fun journey to invest, invent and innovate our content to endearingly engage with as well as expand our audiences.  In the kids’ genre, there is plethora of content targeted at 4-8 years, however there is a prominent white space for content targeted at pre-teens broadly bracketed between 8-14 years old. With Fukrey Boyzzz and its hilarious ensemble of Choocha, Hunny, Lalli and Bholi, we are launching a new contemporary series which will have a much wider appeal. Infact, we are confident that this innocent fun feast will attract co-viewing – parents watching along with their children.”

Discovery Kids will launch Fukrey Boyzzz starting October 12 in six languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and English.  The kids’ channel will launch an aggressive marketing campaign based on the core ethos of the show ‘Friends + Masti = Fukrapanti’.  Fukrey Boyzzz is produced by award winning production house ‘Paper boat’ for Discovery Kids. Watch the all new and exciting animation series Fukrey Boyzzz starting October 12th, 2019 at 1.30PM and 7.30PM every day, only on Discovery Kids!



Yaaneea Bharadwaj to make her acting debut in Zoya Akhtar’s new creation

Yaaneea Bharadwaj who has been a theatre artist and a known face for TV commercial is all set to make her acting debut in Excel Entertainments new Amazon Prime Special ‘Made In Heaven’. The show is a Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti creation and is a multi-director web-series. Yaaneea who was last seen in a TV commercial with Hrithik Roshan is definitely going to raise a lot of heartbeats with her presence and performance in the show.

Yaaneea spoke about her being roped for the role in the show, “My character is a Punjabi girl who is completely opposite to who I am in real life. But still, I felt an instant connection with the character which made me realize how much I wanted to be a part of this journey with Zoya ma’am as I’ve always adored her work. To be a part of the series and portray a character in her creation meant a lot to me.”

“My episode was directed by Prashant Nair who was extremely professional and sweet at all times. He knows how to get the best out of any actor and is a perfect example of an actor’s director. Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel’s team also made sure I was comfortable and at my peek at all times during the shoot.”

Yaaneea added on her preparations for the show, “Although most of my dialogues were in Hindi I had to prepare myself for a Punjabi accent while speaking Hindi for which I used to converse in Punjabi with all my friends starting a 10-15 days prior to the shoot. I even gained 4kgs of weight in order to look perfect for my part as she’s a typical Punjabi girl.”

This web-series is sure a star-studded affair but Yaaneea is expected to stand out with her bubbly and innocent character. ‘Made In Heaven’ will be Zoya Akhtar’s and Excel Entertainments next venture right after their Valentines hit Gully Boy and Yaaneea is set to ablaze the audience this International Women’s Day which coincidently is Yaaneea’s birthday, with a performance to watch out for.

I could not have asked for a better debut than GOLD : Lakshya Kochhar

What started as an Assistant Directors journey for Bhopal’s 25 year Old Lakshya Kochhar has now turned into his Bollywood debut in GOLD- the historical period sports drama film directed by Reema Kagti and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the Excel Entertainment banner. Lakshya bagged his first film right after he completed assisting Shujaat Saudagar on Rock On 2.

Talking about his experience on working on Gold, Lakshya said “It’s been an overwhelming experience working with Reema Ma’am and Akshay Sir. I could not have asked for a better debut than Gold. Having worked with Excel Entertainment before behind the camera, it feels great to be on the other side this time. I am sure the audiences will love the film and the storyline will touch the right chord.”

Gold tells the real-life story of India’s first gold medal after independence at the Olympics. The movie is fictionalised tale of sports in India between 1933 and 1948 with a focus on hockey.