Break Point premiered on Zee5 on October 1.
A still from the trailer.
Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari, who makes his OTT directorial debut with Break Point, co-directing the Zee5 series with Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, opened up on his thoughts from the pre-production stage of the docudrama, which traces the dynamics of the friendship between the two Tennis stars Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Pass.
Speaking to IANS, the Chichhore director said that he himself was not aware of the details, which came to the fore in his conversations with Leander and Mahesh. Explaining why the genre of docu-drama was the format to tell the story, he said, “There was so much new information that was coming out,” and that those details and vistas had to be conveyed to the viewers by Bhupathi, Paes and their family, to do away with any scope of unwitting misappropriation.
Break Point also features other sports personalities who reflect on the memorable Bhupathi-Paes partnership that fell apart, but was iconic while it lasted.
Tiwari further told the media outlet that his approach to the docudrama was with a clean slate, and the very neutral perception of the Break Point, which dropped on October 1 on Zee5, has made it tick. The director also added that Bhupathi and Paes were also comforted by the neutral perspective and that it would regardless be conveyed by them in an ‘interesting manner.
Apart from the partnership of the two ace tennis icons, their family--Vece Paes and Juliana, Krishna Bhupathi, Mira Bhupathi, Kavitha Bhupathi) and coaches Enrico Piperno, Nandan Bal feature in the docu-drama too. And famous doubles pairs, the Woodies i.e the Australians Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge, Bob and Mike, along with Martina Hingis are seen in the series too, mouthing their thoughts on the two players. Hingis won Grand Slam titles with both Paes and Bhupathi.