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Plays on ZEE5, like Hasmukh Sahab Ki Wasihat and Between The Line, to binge watch over the weekend

ZEE5, alongside movies and shows, has a rich library of plays that are nuanced and brilliantly made.

Plays on ZEE5, like Hasmukh Sahab Ki Wasihat and Between The Line, to binge watch over the weekend
Plays To Watch On Zee5

Last Updated: 01.01 PM, May 18, 2024


Different forms of visual entertainment have been consumed and loved across the world by people from all walks of life. While television, the big screen, and our laptops and phones have become the main sources of visual arts, there was a time when live performances were the only source. The stage is a place of worship for all the artists involved in and around the magic of acting. For years, people have seen theatre and loved it. The art form is still very much revered by artists, and plays continue to have a massive audience around the world. However, the generations born into the digital revolution have yet to fully connect to the magic of actors holding an entire auditorium of audience members spellbound by their skills while the stage remains the same.

ZEE5, a leading streaming platform in India, has always been a frontrunner in bringing versatile content. While their library of original shows and films is famous, they also re-release films from around the world on their platform after their theatrical run. However, while all of that gets enough attention, there is one side of ZEE5 that holds a treasure and deserves the spotlight so people can find it, explore it, and witness the magic. We are talking about the stage plays that have a separate section on the platform. There are a couple of Nandita Das plays, performances by Swanand Kirkire and Divya Dutta, and more.

So today, as we enter the weekend, we decided to explore the plays on ZEE5 and bring you some recommendations so you can enjoy them over the weekend.

Plays To Watch On ZEE5

Khamosh Adalat Jaari Hai


Cast: Nandita Das, Saurabh Shukla, and Swanand Kirkire.

Unlike cinema, the stage is a medium where creating intrigue is very tough because the padding is minimal and there is no luxury of a second take. In this fun satire involving stalwarts of Hindi cinema, it opens with a court argument that feels like a comical story. But the power of the story is such that the tables turn, and soon we are talking about social customs that have plagued us forever, gender discrimination, and unfulfilled desires that never make someone feel content.

Dayashankar Ki Diary

Cast: Ashish Vidyarthi.

What happens when someone aspires to be something, but life doesn't even give them a chance to see that dream, let alone feel or touch it? A very haunting play, Dayashankar Ki Dairy is about a man who always wanted to be an actor but couldn't and only got rejection and humiliation in return. To make himself feel better, he resorts to creating his own bubble where everything is okay and soon succumbs to it by making it feel like his reality. The world turns upside down, and this is a play you would wish you had seen live on stage. But nonetheless, ZEE5 has got your back.

Hasmukh Sahab Ki Wasihat

Cast: Mohan Agashe, Seema Pahwa, and Achint Kaur.

This play explores the layers of patriarchy, control, and the way Indian families function around the head of the family. When a rich businessman dies, he leaves behind a will. But to our surprise, even after his death, he wants to control the lives of his family members. The will dictates what they must do to receive their allocated wealth. But soon we also realise that the family members are smart, and they will find a loophole.

Between The Lines

Cast: Nandita Das and Subodh Maskara.

Nandita Das and theatre are a match made in heaven. What happens when both the husband and wife belong to the same profession, and that profession is law? Between The Lines is a play that features a couple who are both lawyers, always somehow landing on opposite sides of cases. The distress finds its way home, and they are no longer just husband and wife but lawyers fighting for their side of the story. This affects their relationship, and their marriage begins to suffer. What happens next is something you must witness.

Where Did I Leave My Purdah  

Cast: Divya Dutta, Swara Bhasker, and Sohaila Kapur.    

Nazia, a veteran theatre actor and founder of a theatre company, is now limited to playing grandmothers in movies. The agitation makes her leave the silver screen and come back to the world of thetare. She starts her company again and everything works smoothly until her niece Ruby’s daughter Nikhat comes into the story one day. This makes Nazia visit her past, which she has kept hidden under the disguise of being a stubborn, arrogant lady. When she has to confront the past, it is the best twist the play has to offer.    

You can watch all of these plays on Zee5 with your OTTplay Premium subscription. Stay tuned to OTTplay for more information on this and everything else from the world of streaming and films.