Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Deepak Negi in Rautu Ka Raaz. Photo courtesy: Screengrab from YouTube.

ZEE5 Global has announced its next direct-to-digital, Rautu Ka Raaz, on June 14. Produced by Zee Studios and Phat Phish Records and directed by Anand Surapur, the movie features Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role as Inspector Deepak Negi.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Deepak Negi in Rautu Ka Raaz. Photo courtesy: Screengrab from YouTube.

The mystery thriller also stars Rajesh Kumar, Atul Tiwari and Narayani Shastri in supporting roles and is set in the picturesque village of Rautu Ki Beli in Uttarakhand. The film had its Gala Premiere at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in 2023, where it received a warm welcome and is now set for its digital premiere on 28th June.

Rautu Ka Raaz revolves around the mysterious death of a warden at a blind school in Rautu Ki Beli, a sleepy town which hasn’t witnessed a murder in over a decade and a half. This is where SHO Deepak Negi aka Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his team step in as they are tasked with solving this rare and high-profile murder investigation.

The movie showcases a unique and jovial camaraderie between SHO Deepak Negi (played by Nawazuddin) and sub inspector Dimri (played by Rajesh Kumar), who are forced out of their lazy state, owing to this murder investigation.

Speaking about the movie, Nawazuddin Siddiqui said, “The trailer of Rautu Ka Raaz is a tantalizing glimpse into the gripping world that awaits the viewers. I am someone who enjoys watching crime dramas, and hence, I can confidently say that this film will be an entertaining watch with a unique twist.”

“What really sets Rautu Ka Raaz apart are the quirky characters and the lazy but breath taking backdrop of Uttarakhand. The trailer encapsulates the film’s suspenseful plot and highlights the film’s USP i.e a smart cop unravelling a lazy murder investigation. We had a Gala Premiere at IFFI last year where we received a warm response and now with the film’s release on ZEE5 Global, I am looking forward to the film reaching ZEE5 Global’s viewers across 190+ countries,” he added.

Director and Producer Anand Surapur said, “We are incredibly fortunate to have the remarkable Nawazuddin Siddiqui leading our talented cast. His unparalleled acting prowess breathes life into this powerful story, delivering a performance that will be etched in the audiences’ minds for years to come. Without giving away too much, I can say that Rautu Ka Raaz is full of suspense and drama, but it stays true to the small-town pace of life and hence, even the characters operate at their own rhythm. In fact, this is what sets the film apart from other mystery thrillers.”

Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global, said, “At ZEE5 Global, we pride ourselves on delivering engaging stories to our viewers, and ‘Rautu Ka Raaz’ exemplifies this commitment. This finely crafted murder mystery offers a thrilling combination of suspense and drama. After the stellar success of ‘Haddi,’ ZEE5 Global is delighted to collaborate again with ZEE Studios and the immensely talented Nawazuddin Siddiqui to present this unique and compelling plot. We believe ‘Rautu Ka Raaz’ will resonate with audiences worldwide, further cementing our status as the world’s largest destination for South Asian content.”

Umesh Kr Bansal, Chief Business Officer, Zee Studios added, “Rautu Ka Raaz is not just a film; it is an exploration of human emotions set against the backdrop of a thrilling mystery. With Nawazuddin Siddiqui at the helm, viewers can expect a performance that is both powerful and nuanced. We are proud to present this gripping tale in partnership with ZEE5 Global, and we believe it will captivate audiences from start to finish.”