Mumbai, 3rd March 2020: Engaging content, diverse genres, fresh and fiery perspective, Voot has paved its way to being India’s second largest digital entertainment platform with its varied content line-up. Opening a new chapter, Voot will now give its audience access to premium experience with the launch of the new subscription-based streaming offering – Voot Select. Unveiling powerful stories and immersive content offering across genres like thrillers, drama and action, Voot Select, a destination that is made for stories, goes LIVE on 3rd March 2020. To experience Voot Select, Download the Voot app. One can select this new premium service on VOOT to be available for Android, iOS and web users for INR 99 per month or INR 999 for an annual subscription. A limited period introductory offer of INR 499 for an annual subscription, was also announced.
The subscribers of Voot Select will be entitled to get first access to best of Colors, MTV’s and other regional channel shows 24 hours in advance and non-fiction shows 30 minutes before TV. The audience will also have access to international content catalogue boasting of biggest marquee shows from all over the world, global premiers, live experiences, exclusive dailies, fashion, sports and lifestyle shows. Hard Hitting and critically acclaimed documentaries/docu series like 48 Hours, Crimes Of The Century, Whistleblower, Enemies FBI vs President; latest & exclusive global premieres like Why Women Kill, Twilight Zone, Bevery Hills 90210, Nancy Drew & critically acclaimed shows like Dexter Californication, Elementary, Madam Secretary, Nurse Jackie will provide the regular dose of drama and entertainment. VOOT select will also be the premier destination for reality with Masterchef USA, Master Chef Junior, Shark Tank, America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Next Top Model, X Factor, Project Runway, Fear Factor, My Kitchen Rules and more. Apart from the international shows, the content library is a home to award winning cooking series featuring world class celebrity chefs like Martha Stewart, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and the late Anthony Bourdain.
With a robust library of multi-lingual content, 30+ Originals, 1500+ movies, VOOT Select will captivate its audiences with a diverse array of select originals- 1 every month. Compelling stories brought to life by some of the most imaginative and best in class actors, directors and storytellers will entertain, engage and capture the imagination of India. The launch of Voot Select witnessed personalities such as Saqib Saleem, Apurva Lakhia, Vikram Bhatt, Rajeev Khandelwal, Aahana Kumra, Barun Sobti, Ridhi Dogra, Neha Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam, Piyush Mishra announcing shows that delve into the mind a serial killer, question gender stereotypes, bring to life the meaning of family, debate on the delivery of the justice system and more is sure to keep India entertained.
Asur marks Arshad Warsi’s digital debut. The show is an unique psychological thriller that takes the audience on a journey of two opposing worlds – the one of forensic science and the mysteries of Indian mythology. Marzi on other hand is a drama thriller starring Rajeev Khandelwal and Aahana Kumra that showcases the quest of a distraught woman trying to prove the man she’s accusing, guilty. The Raikar Case, a family drama thriller is an engaging series about family, love, deceit and the secrets that tore them apart. Illegal, an intense legal drama and a fight to win judgements that restores faith in humanity. Also Joining the Voot Select family is Bollywood star, Saqib Saleem & Shriya Pilgaonkar in Crackdown. A high-octane action drama directed and produced by Apurva Lakhia, Crackdown currently under production is poised to be an edge of the seat action thriller with plenty of twists and turns, leading to a possible threat to national security. Voot Select will also be home to 2 Bangla originals – comedy drama Kanya Kumari and romantic comedy Shock Ahlad and 3 Tamil Originals – action thriller Don’t Think, psychological thriller Siraai and adult comedy 18 Plus. In addition to regional language originals, Voot Select will also host dubbed multi-language series.
Speaking about the unique proposition of Voot Select, Ferzad Palia, Head – Voot Select, Youth, Music and English Entertainment, Viacom18 said: “Voot Select has been carefully crafted and designed for today’s ‘on-demand’ generation. We’re proud to give to India a destination like none other. The country’s largest showcase of stories ranging from Hindi & Regional Originals, LIVE Television channels from across the world, the largest variety of top-drawer international content to ‘24 hour-before-TV’ premieres of our TV network content, this is a content array like none other. Ad free, Multi-screen access and a solid recommendation engine will further add to a great entertainment experience for our subscribers.”
Speaking on his show, Arshad Warsi said, “I am making my digital debut with Asur and I couldn’t be more excited. The plot and storyline is so unique that it is definitely going to leave the audience on the edge of their seats at all times. Voot Select will showcase some great stories for the audiences. I cannot wait to see the reaction of the audience towards Asur.”
On his association with Voot Select, Saqib Saleem said, “My role in Crackdown is an interesting one where the audiences would see a yet another different side of me. I always wanted to do an espionage show and when I read the material I knew I had to do this. The show is extremely gripping I am confident that people would really enjoy watching it. I personally feel Voot Select – is a great platform to showcase interesting content and it definitely has some great stories to tell. In today’s world of digitization, it serves as a great platform to give out content.
Commenting on the launch, director Apoorva Lakhia said, “With storytelling as its primary forte, Voot Select has given film makers and story tellers like us the creative freedom to run with our thoughts. The platform is fantastic, and the shows look brilliant. Viewers are in for an absolute treat with the multiple genres and fresh concepts that Voot Select has to offer.”
At the launch, director Vikram Bhatt said, “The launch of Voot Select has brought about a refreshing change to the world of entertainment. The kind of stories and concepts that the platform has to offer are extremely fresh and new. It was an excellent experience working with the team of Illegal and Voot Select and I am sure I am going to enjoy watching all that the platform has to offer.”
Speaking on his show, Rajeev Khandelwal said, “As an artist, my intent has always been to give the best I can to my audiences. I try to pick up roles that help me increase my bandwidth as an actor. My role in Marzi should definitely add value to my resume. As an actor. It can be unnerving at times to enter a completely new space but the storyline of the show is so intriguing and topical that I just wanted to be a part of it. Voot Select is a great platform and it has been amazing working with them. I would like to thank the platform for daring to make content like this and for making me a part of it”
On the launch of Voot Select, Aahana Kumra said, “I loved the script of Marzi the minute I read it. The story is different, its powerful and it’s something that I have never done before. It’s a brave, important conversation and it must be spoken about. The digital era has brought so many opportunities for actors and so many new stories and concepts to experiment with. It has completely changed my life and I would like to thank Voot Select for creating a masterpiece like Marzi which has given me one more chance to showcase my talent and work with such fantastic makers and co-stars.”
On his role in Asur, Barun Sobti said, “Asur is a fantastic collaboration of like-minded people. When we Shot the show, I wouldn’t lie “It was demanding. It is the most demanding character I’ve portrayed in my career. Personally, I’ve always felt that content created in India lacks good writing and writing in our show is the biggest hero. Everyone on this show was just doing their job and they did it to the best of their ability. Working with the amazing ensemble cast was an experience to cherish. I think for ASUR, right people were hired for the right job.”
In a coup of sorts, Voot Select will exclusively showcase almost all the biggest daily talk shows such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, The Late Show with James Corden, Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, Daily Mail TV, The Graham Norton Show and more.
Through a partnership with major international channels such as Fashion One, Clubbing TV and Real Madrid TV, the platform will showcase 24-hour Live Streams with access to the biggest fashion events, music festivals and exclusive football content. Fans of Arsenal and Chelsea will also have dedicated, exclusive content through the week. Adding to the diversity the world’s largest 24/7 LGBTQ channel, Revry TV will make its debut in India on Voot Select. The gaming community will also have tons to look forward to, with tournaments from World Poker Tour now available on the service.
To experience Voot Select, Download the Voot app and get ready to Select the best stories and more – Available for Android, iOS and web users for INR 99 per month or at INR 999 per month with a special introductory price of INR 499 per year