Zee5, the streaming platform, on Friday, unveiled the first look of Break Point, a 7-part docu-series based on the on-court partnership between Tennis legends, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, and their off-court lives. The show is co-directed by Nitesh Tiwari and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari.
According to a press release, the show, based on the Tennis stars, promises to be a “telling narrative on their friendship, brotherhood, partnership, belief, hard work, and ambitions” and will examine “their bitter breakup and how they couldn’t hold on to their meteoric rise”.
Paes and Bhupathi, who were fondly known as “The Indian Express”, played together from 1994 to 2006 and reunited for their second stint from 2008 to 2011. The two were the first Indian pair to win a Grand Slam at the 1999 French Open. Before their public fallout, Bhupathi and Paes were the first pair to reach four successive Grand Slam finals in one year since 1952. Paes and Bhupati have also won the gold medal at the 2002 and 2006 Asian Games and bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games together.
Talking about the docu-series, Paes said in a statement, “While Mahesh and my on-court partnership was widely covered, and our off-court chemistry was largely speculated, this is the first time that our fans will get to see and hear it all, first-hand.”
“It is no secret that I am reserved when it comes to communicating, so this is a big step for me to relive the journey and put it all out there in the most candid and honest manner. But, at the same time, I am happy that our fans will get to see our journey which was a mix of sweat, perseverance, brotherhood, and at times blood and tears as well,” Bhupathi said in a statement.
Announced last month, Break Point is the first time Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari have co-directed a project. The release date of the docu-series is yet to be announced.