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Tuesday, December 05 2023

‘Friends: The Reunion’ records over 1mn views across India

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New Delhi: The much-hyped “Friends: The Reunion” special amassed over one million views and counting from across the country upon release on Thursday.

Fans all over the world have responded emotionally on social media watching the six titular friends return, and buzz over the show continues to grow.

“We at Zee are extremely delighted to note the roaring response that ‘Friends: The Reunion’ received on Zee5, by amassing one million-plus view and counting, from across the country. We feel extremely proud to have played a part in understanding and serving the cult-loyal audience of the show, by seamlessly streaming it across millions of screens,” said Amit Goenka, president, digital businesses, and platforms, Zee.

The 104-minute reunion special is an unscripted show that brings back Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer as themselves, reliving their stint on the show as Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Phoebe Buffay, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing and Ross Geller respectively.

Seated on the trademark orange sofa from the show, by the fountain where they grooved to the title song before every episode, the sextet opens up with celebrity talk show host James Corden. They jog down memory lane, reliving anecdotes from on and off the camera over the 10 years that the show ran, from 1994 to 2004, as well as recreate memorable scenes and share trivia, as director Ben Winston blends the chat with footage of some of the best scenes of the show.

Among other cast members who make an appearance are Maggie Wheeler (Janice), Tom Selleck (Richard), and James Michael Tyler (Gunther), besides a host of celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Cindy Crawford, and Cara Delevingne making cameos appearances.

That apart, BTS, Reese Witherspoon, Kit Harrington, and David Beckham address “Friends” fans through recorded messages.

“Consumer delight and seamless user experience, have been an integral aspect of our approach across platforms and this step reinstates our commitment towards our viewers and partners,” added Goenka, revealing a bit of the business strategy of Zee5, the platform that dropped the show for Indian viewers.

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