Another Korean drama is getting an Indian remake. Following the news of JioCinema working on Suspicious Partner adaptation, Karan Johar’s Dharmatic Entertainment and Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment are joining hands for the upcoming procedural drama Gyaarah Gyaaraah. The series is a Hindi adaptation of the Korean drama Signal, which originally starred Kim Hye Soo, Lee Je Hoon and Cho Jin Woong. In the Indian adaptation, Kritika Kamra, Raghav Juyal and Dhairya Karwa have been roped in for the lead roles.
Kritika Kamra, Dhairya Karwa and Raghav Juyal to headline Karan Johar and Guneet Monga’s Gyaarah Gyaarah, Indian adaptation of Korean drama Signal for ZEE5
Jointly produced by Oscar-Winning producer Guneet Monga and Achin Jain (Sikhya Entertainment) and celebrated stalwart producer Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta (Dharmatic Entertainment), Gyaarah Gyaarah is an investigative fantasy drama series starring Kritika Kamra, Dhairya Karwa and Raghav Juyal in pivotal roles. This is the first time that ZEE5, Dharmatic Entertainment and Sikhya Entertainment are coming together for an original web series.
Directed by Umesh Bist (of Pagglait fame) and co-written by Puja Banerjee and Sunjoy Shekhar, Gyaarah Gyaarah spans across three decades and timelines – 1990, 2001 and 2016 - and blends mysticism, science, and mystery to give you an edge of the seat experience.
Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer at ZEE5 India said, "We are delighted to partner with the two prominent content powerhouses, Sikhya Entertainment and Dharmatic Entertainment for 'Gyaarah Gyaarah'. As a consumer-first brand, the focus has always been on pushing the envelope of creative storytelling, improvise and innovate with plots, and bringing stories that shall entice our viewers. Guneet and Karan are both leaders in their creative spaces, who have come together with a supremely talented star cast to create magic on-screen with this series. We are happy to partner in this first-of-a-kind collaboration with this unique show that we hope audiences will enjoy”.
Nimisha Pandey, Chief Content Officer – Hindi Originals, ZEE5 said, “The power of storytelling lies in its ability to transport us to different worlds, entertain us, move us and inspire us. We aim to deliver these experiences to our audiences and elevate their entertainment viewing. We are excited to announce our upcoming show ‘Gyaarah Gyaarah’, which will take you on a journey through time in an intriguing way. This show beautifully blends genres to create an immersive story for the viewers. We are delighted to mark the beginning of our association with the Oscar-Award winner Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment and celebrated storyteller Karan Johar’s Dharmatic Entertainment. It has been truly wonderful collaborating with Director Umesh Bist and his team on this very special show. Through ‘Gyaarah Gyaarah’, we aim to expand the realm of storytelling on OTT, and we hope this unique investigative drama will captivate the hearts and minds of our audiences”.
Karan Johar, Founder and Managing Director at Dharmatic Entertainment said, “We are extremely excited to collaborate with Sikhya Entertainment and ZEE5 for a unique investigative drama. As a filmmaker, I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire, entertain, and challenge audiences. With this alliance, we have the opportunity to bring together our shared passion for creating innovative content and telling stories that resonate with people from all walks of life. This partnership represents a unique blend of storytellers that have always supported diverse and unconventional stories, and I can’t wait to see what we will create together”.
Guneet Monga Kapoor, Producer and Founder, of Sikhya Entertainment said, “Partnering with Karan and Apoorva from Dharmatic Entertainment, alongside ZEE5 has been a delight. ‘Gyaarah Gyaarah’ is one of our most exciting ventures, and we’re so lucky to be foraying into a new space and genre. We’re also reuniting with Pagglait Director, Umesh Bist, with whom we fully trust in telling this unforgettable story and leaving the audiences with intrigue and wonder”.
Apoorva Mehta, CEO and Managing Director at Dharmatic Entertainment said, “At Dharmatic, we are striving to find the most like-minded partners and for this story, Sikhya and ZEE5 were the perfect partners for us. We are constantly evolving with changing times to bring forth the best of stories and talents to the fore. And ‘Gyaarah Gyaraah’ and its entire team is a step forward in that direction”.
Producer Achin Jain of Sikhya Entertainment said, “We are so thrilled to present a show that revolves around the unique concept of time. ‘Gyaarah Gyaarah’ has been one of our most intriguing and passionate ventures among the many significant stories that Sikhya has told in the last 15 years of its inception. Director Umesh Bist’s genius mind will take us through three decades of thrilling moments. Here’s a story that we hope will keep you hooked and entertained with a blend of mysticism and science”.
Director Umesh Bist said, “I am happy to be a part of this team of dedicated storytellers who have an unflinching passion for good cinema. ‘Gyaarah Gyaarah’ has a lot going for it in terms of the backing of the best producers, a network like ZEE5 to ensure good global reach, a powerful ensemble of young and dynamic actors and passionate writers and a talented crew. We hope to entertain many with this series”.
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The K-drama is one of the most critically acclaimed drams of all time. As per Asian Wiki, Signal narrates the story of “Park Hae Yeong, who was a student in elementary school at the time, who saw a young girl being abducted on her way home from school fifteen years ago. The girl was discovered dead a few days later, but the authorities were unable to identify the killer. Hae Yeong eventually developed a distrust for the police. Hae Yeong is currently a police officer and criminal profiler after fifteen years. He comes across a walkie-talkie one day, which enables him to communicate with Detective Lee Jae Han who is in the past. Afterwards, in an effort to investigate unsolved crimes, police officers Cha So Hyun, Hae Yeong, and Jae Han set out on a voyage.”
The criminal case depicted in Signal is reportedly inspired by a true incident which occurred in South Korea’s Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province over the course of 1986 – 1991. Reports had stated that 10 women were allegedly raped and murdered within the 2 km radius of the province with victims ranging from a 13-year-old school girl to a 71-year-old grandmother.
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