Vidya Balan makes comeback to the big screen with Neeyat

Vidya Balan makes a comeback to the big screen with Neeyat after three digital releases. Photo: Moe’s Art

The hit team of Shakuntala Devi reunites for Neeyat, a detective thriller directed by Anu Menon. The film has been produced by the same team of Prime Video and the Vikram Malhotra-led Abundantia Entertainment as well as director Anu Menon.

Neeyat features a stellar ensemble led by Vidya Balan, also from that film, including Ram Kapoor, Rahul Bose, Neeraj Kabi, Shahana Goswami, Amrita Puri, Dipannita Sharma, Niki Walia, Shashank Arora, Prajakta Koli, Ishika Mehra, Madhav Deval and Danesh Razvi.

The worldwide theatrical release date of the murder mystery is July 7. Anu Menon has subsequently directed multiple episodes of the internationally-acclaimed series, Killing Eve.

Neeyat is written by Anu Menon, Priya Venkataraman, Advaita Kala and Girvani Dhyani with dialogues by Kausar Munir. It tells the story of an unlikely detective (Vidya Balan) who investigates mysterious murders at a billionaire’s party where nothing is what it seems and all suspects hide a secret or two. Vidya lst played a detective in Bobby Jasoos.

Neeyat marks Vidya Balan’s return to theatres after her stint on digital with three films that premiered on Prime Video, the other two being Sherni (2021) and Jalsa (2022). Vidya has been the recipient of multiple Best Actress awards for these films at prestigious forums.

This film also marks the second theatrical co-production for both Abundantia Entertainment and Prime Video. Founded in 2013 by Vikram Malhotra (formerly, COO – Viacom18 Motion Pictures), Abundantia Entertainment is India’s premier content company focused on developing and producing progressive, insight-based and uniquely Indian stories for a global audience.

Operating across film and streaming platforms, Abundantia Entertainment boasts of critically-acclaimed as well as commercial hits like Baby, Airlift and Toilet – Ek Prem Katha. The company has an exciting slate of films in the pipeline, top-lined by the Hindi remake of Suriya’s Soorarai Pottru, Sukhee with Shilpa Shetty, the sequel to the horror film, Chhorii and the remake of the critically-acclaimed Angamaly Diaries. It has made series like the Breathe franchise, Hush Hush and the forthcoming streaming debut of Akshay Kumar, The End.

To focus on high-growth and high-potential segments and genres, Abundantia Entertainment has launched two genre verticals – ‘Psych’ for horror and paranormal and ‘Filters’ for the Young Adult segment and is actively developing content under these.



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