ZEE5 Global, the world's largest streaming platform for South Asian content, announced its upcoming original film, Chhatriwali on World Aids Day. Slated to go live on the platform early next year, the direct-to-digital movie is produced by Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Tejas Prabha Vijay Deoskar. Starring Rakul Preet Singh and Sumeet Vyas in lead roles, Chhatriwali aims to drive home a strong social message on the importance of male contraceptives and safe sex. And what better day to emphasise on the significance of sex education than World Aids Day.

A slice of life film set in Haryana, Chhatriwali is headlined by Rakul Preet Singh who plays the quality control head in a condom factory. Though she is shy and embarrassed about her job initially, she soon realises the importance of safe sex and then takes it upon herself to destigmatise the conversation around sex education. Without being too preachy, the film sets the tone and delivers the message with humour and sensitivity while ensuring that the narrative is entertaining and family friendly.

Producer Ronnie Screwvala, RSVP Movies adds, “We are happy to back strong female led stories with a meaningful narrative and Chhatriwali is just that. Without sounding too preachy, we have made a mass family entertainer laced with an important message because the idea is to normalize conversations about sex education and safe sex. The power of cinema is such that it enables us to deliver impactful stories that entertain and educate audiences”.

Actor Rakul Preet Singh said, “For me every film of mine has been special but Chhatriwali is extra special for many reasons. After so many years in the industry, I am finally getting to headline a film and what better than an entertaining film with a thought-provoking social message. This World Aids Day, I join the fight against HIV by raising awareness on the importance of safe sex and the use of male contraceptives via my upcoming film, Chhatriwali”.


Chhatriwali is a direct-to-digital release and will stream on ZEE5 Global soon

Chatriwali poster on ZEE 5