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Produced by Contiloe Pictures~

Based on Sandeep Unnithan’s book – Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11
Brings forward crucial, unknown facts from the Mumbai terror seize that shook the world
National, 14 th October 2019: ZEE5, since inception has presented Originals across genres and languages for
viewers with interesting concepts and storytelling. Book adaptations have also been a huge hit on the platform
and as part of its bouquet of 72+ Originals till March 2020, the video on demand streaming platform now
announces its upcoming Original OPERATION TERROR: BLACK TORNADO based on Sandeep Unnithan’s book –
Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11.
Produced and Created by Abhimanyu Singh of Contiloe Pictures, leading content powerhouse, and co-created
and directed by Matthew Leutwyler, the gripping narrative provides a first-hand account of the tragedy that
befell Mumbai, the city of dreams. The series shall shed light on the hitherto unknown facts about the entire
incident. This edge of the seat thriller features an impressive cast comprising Arjan Bajwa, Arjun Bijlani, Mukul
Dev, Vivek Dahiya, Tara Alisha Berry, Sid Makkad, Vikram Gaikwad, Avinash Wadhwan amongst others.

The eight-episode series shot across India, United States and Israel is a true to account narrative of the
various events that turned into the prolonged terror siege of Mumbai on 26 th November 2008. The news of the
attack startled everyone across the world. While it was in Mumbai, it was specifically planned to scare the
foreign nationals, especially the Jews. This series highlights the glaring truth of how the financial capital of
India was caught off guard with a terror attack of horrifying magnitude and how the authorities improvised
with the best available resources at their disposal at that point in time.
Operation Terror: Black Tornado brings forward, a fresh perspective to the incident as for the first time the story
has been directed by an international director. A talented crew with Hollywood experience is working on the
show with director Matthew Leutwyler bringing a fresh lens alongside writer Joshua Cauldwell,
cinematographer Richard Henkels, colourist Adrian Colbert and editor Will Gordon,
Commenting on the announcement, Aparna Acharekar, Programming Head, ZEE5 India said, “We are looking
to explore Operation Terror as a franchise and Black Tornado is the first, from this bucket. We are confident
that the story will impress our audiences who prefer quality content. This impactful series will bring to light the
lesser known facts of the horrid attack on our financial capital that had a far-reaching effect on a global scale.”
Commenting on the series, Abhimanyu Singh, Contiloe Pictures, said, “Our nation saw three days of the terror
on TV, they know little about the counter-insurgency by our commandos and the human interest stories
behind these images. Through the digital series on ZEE5, audiences will experience moments that have not
been spoken about before. Sandeep has written a great and well researched book and partnering with Zee5 to
showcase it to the world is a great way to be creating a digital footprint. There is no better way to be debuting
into the digital space”
The series is currently under production and will premiere soon on ZEE5.

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