Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari announces wrap on Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi series

On Monday, filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari revealed that the crew had completed filming for the forthcoming docu-drama on Indian tennis legends Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, and expressed her thanks for the team’s ability to pull together “this enormous production across the world” amid the epidemic.

The series, titled Break Point, was co-directed by Ashwiny and her director husband, Nitesh Tiwari. After delivering blockbusters like “Dangal” (Nitesh) and “Bareilly Ki Barfi,” this will be the first time the two have directed a film together (Ashwiny).

The series, which is being produced by the couple’s company Earthsky Pictures, intends to tell the “untold narrative of Paes and Bhupathi,” the first Indian couple to win Wimbledon in 1999.

The filmmaker shared a photo with Nitesh, Paes, and Bhupathi on Instagram.

“A year and half journey with @mbhupathi and @leanderpaes comes to an end to only begin a new journey of our friendship for life. First of many as an evolving producer. @niteshtiwari22 and I co – directing for the first time. Writing and documenting a story of two extremely talented champions in the form of a docu drama. Again a first for Nitesh, Piyush (Gupta, writer) and me,” Ashwiny wrote.

Despite the coronavirus epidemic, the “Panga” director commended her crew for working together to create “Break Point.” The series is set to premiere on ZEE5.

“We are filled with immense gratitude that along with our studio partners @zee5 we could pull this massive production across the world in these trying times of pandemic. A big thankyou to our biggest backbone @varun.shetty.1840 @kavanahalpara @raiajayg and my fabulous production, direction, accounts team.

“And Bimal Parekh at @earthskynotes and thankyou to Collective Artist Network for packaging this web series and every single sports partner, sports person, line producers across the world who made #Breakpoint happen,” she added.

The ‘Indian Express,’ as Paes and Bhupathi were known, played together from 1994 until 2006 before rejoining for a second time from 2008 to 2011. They also experienced a public backlash, but that is now behind them.

Ashwiny expressed her hope that the public would love the series as much as the crew enjoyed hearing and speaking with the world champions.

“Aspiration. Inspiration. To Indian sports, it’s up and upwards “she continued.

On Instagram, Bhupathi posted the same photo and praised Ashwiny and Nitesh, stating that the two were the perfect option to tell their tale.

“It’s a wrap! Thank you @ashwinyiyertiwari @niteshtiwari22, after spending so much time and effort over the last 18 months there is no doubt in my mind it could have only been you to tell the story. Can’t wait to see it. Stay Tuned. Coming soon on @zee5,” he added.

Paes also announced the end of the web series on Instagram, calling it a “wonderful journey.”

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