A web series based on the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai and Sandeep Unnithan's book "Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11" is underway and will soon stream on ZEE5.
Titled "Operation Terror: Black Tornado", the eight-episode series features Arjan Bajwa, Arjun Bijlani, Mukul Dev, Vivek Dahiya, Tara Alisha Berry, Sid Makkad, Vikram Gaikwad and Avinash Wadhwan in pivotal roles.
A talented crew with Hollywood experience is working on the show with director Matthew Leutwyler bringing a fresh lens alongside writer Joshua Cauldwell, cinematographer Richard Henkels, colourist Adrian Colbert and editor Will Gordon,
The news of the attack startled everyone across the world. This series highlights the glaring truth of how the financial capital of India was caught off guard with a terror attack of horrifying magnitude and how the authorities improvised with the best available resources at their disposal at that point in time.
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According to the makers, the series, shot across India, United States and Israel, is a true to account narrative of the various events that turned into the prolonged terror siege of Mumbai on November 26, 2008. "We are looking to explore 'Operation Terror' as a franchise and 'Black Tornado' is the first, from this bucket.
We are confident that the story will impress our audiences who prefer quality content. "This impactful series will bring to light the lesser known facts of the horrid attack on our financial capital that had a far-reaching effect on a global scale," Aparna Acharekar, Programming Head, ZEE5 India said in a statement.
The series is currently under production and Abhimanyu said it is the best project for Contiloe Pictures to make its foray into digital space. "Sandeep (Unnithan) has written a great and well-researched book and partnering with ZEE5 to showcase it to the world is a great way to be creating a digital footprint. There is no better way to be debuting into the digital space," he said.
Contiloe Picutres acquired the rights to adapt the book into a digital series earlier this year.