Having recently wrapped up shooting for all episodes, the unit of Ekta Kapoor’s Test Case is eyeing a 2018 Republic Day release. The Nimrat Kaur-starrer chronicles the journey of a female officer in the Indian Army. The show was among a series that marked the launch of Kapoor’s web channel, Alt Balaji, earlier this year.
onfirming the news to mid-day, Manav Sethi, chief marketing officer, Alt Balaji, says, “We recently wrapped up the shoot. We decided to dedicate the show to the Indian women who are fighting for equality [to join the army]. We hope they break norms. The team felt that it would be apt to release it on Republic Day.” Referring to the government’s decision to open doors to women in combat roles, Sethi adds, “Only a few months ago, the army announced that women would be welcome to take up all kinds of roles [in the army]. It is a coincidence that our series showcases the same.”
Having been associated with the project for over a year, Kaur says she is certain to miss being on set. “I can’t wait for people to watch what we have put together with, literally, our blood, sweat and tears.” The unit describes the nine-part series as one that’s ideal for “binge watching” over the weekend. The channel usually permits viewers to only watch five episodes of any series without a fee. But, the team says it may reconsider the practice. “We are looking into the details and are collating the viewership data of our previous shows. Depending on the results, we will decide the number of episodes that must be aired for free.”
The series was put on the backburner soon after the first episode released in April. Initially, it was helmed by Nagesh Kukunoor, but it was shelved after his fallout with Kapoor. She then roped in Dangal’s assistant director, Vinay Waikul.