This Netflix film is satire on missing jackfruits!

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Netflix’s Kathal—A Jackfruit Mystery, uses the fruit as a metaphor in a quirky thriller. Photo: Publicis-Consultants Asia

Starring Sanya Malhotra, Rajpal Yadav, Vijay Raaz, Neha Saraf and Anant Joshi and directed by Yashowardhan Mishra, Kathal- A Jackfruit Mystery releases on Netflix on May 19.

Netflix has announced the launch date of its investigative satire. This announcement was exclusively made at the country’s leading performing arts festival, ‘Histrionica 2023’ of The Dramatic Society of Sri Ram College of Commerce. The story comes straight from the heartlands of India, placed in a fictional town called Moba. Written by Ashok Mishra and Yashowardhan Mishra, it is produced by Sikhya Entertainment (Guneet Monga) and Balaji Telefilms Ltd. (Shobha Kapoor and Ektaa R. Kapoor).

Inspired by true events, this film showcases Sanya Malhotra in a never-seen- before avatar, playing a sincere and determined cop on a mission to find the missing jackfruits, or kathal, to give the vernacular name.

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Director Yashowardhan Mishra said; “Kathal- A Jackfruit Mystery is an extremely special film for me, not just because it marks my debut as a feature director but also because this is a story that will strike a chord with audiences across the country. Every character has been etched with extreme thought and depth, giving each and everyone an immense spectrum of character sketches to work with, helping me bring each facet of the film to life. I am extremely humbled that this story will reach millions of viewers not only in India but across the globe via Netflix.”

Producer Guneet Monga Kapoor, CEO, Sikhya Entertainment, says, “This is a story that truly represents the taste of Sikhya Entertainment in always producing unique, entertaining and heartwarming relatable content. We are so thrilled that our audience will finally get to see the magic of this film. This joyride of satire and comedy is an absolute family entertainer and will definitely leave a lasting impression.”

Ektaa R. Kapoor, Joint Managing Director, Balaji Telefilms, added, “Yashowardhan’s and Ashok’s interpretation of these true events from India’s heartlands convinced me that this story needed to be told. Kathal- A Jackfruit Mystery is one such quirky and unique satirical dramedy and I am thrilled to embark on this exciting journey once again with Netflix and Sikhya. We are so thrilled for our audiences to see Sanya in a completely new avatar and a story that leaves the viewers thinking even after they have watched the film.”

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