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FICCI FRAMES 2019 facilitates a breakthrough deal in the Content Market space

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Singapore’s Aurora Media Holdings, boards director Arun Karthick’s 2018’s highly appreciated Hubert Bals Fund winning project “Nasir” as a co-producer.

In a significant breakthrough at the 20th edition of FICCI Frames 2019 content market platform, Singapore’s Aurora Media Holdings, one of Southeast Asia’s leading media companies has boarded director Arun Karthick’s 2018’s highly appreciated Hubert Bals Fund winning project “Nasir” as a co-producer.

This is an India-Netherlands-Singapore co-production together with Rinkel Films, Magic Hour Films, and Chennai-based Stray Factory, which originated the project based on a short story by acclaimed Tamil writer Dilip Kumar.

The deal happened at the FICCI FRAMES content market, an initiative that was taken last year to introduce festival programmers and key buyers from across the world to a highly curated slate of new Indian films.

The co-production deal was delivered and concluded during Day 3 of the FICCI Frames Market 2019. Stray Factory had previously announced a deal for Vijay Jayapal’s “Nirvana Inn” with Aurora Media during the Asian Film Market in Busan in 2018, which is currently in post-production.

They had concurrently also signed an option agreement for a Korean-Indian feature project also helmed by Jayapal. The co-production on “Nasir” seals a three-picture slate deal between Justin Deimen’s Aurora Media and Mathivanan Rajendren’s Stray Factory.

Mathivanan Rajendran, the founder of Stray Factory says, “Nasir is an important film for the times we live in, the honesty and integrity of the filmmaker and the story is what has attracted our collaborators and made this small story with a big heart from Coimbatore a truly International Collaboration with partners from Netherlands & Singapore.”

Justin Deimen, Managing Partner of Aurora Media Holdings says, “Arun is one of the brightest talents in India and his command of the cinematic language is astonishing for someone of his age. I’m ecstatic that we were able to close the deal for one of the most soulful projects we’ve come across with great partners on board. We thank FICCI in facilitating the process through their platform. This beautiful independent Tamil language feature film from Coimbatore has now gone through Mumbai, Dubai, Netherlands, Singapore and now onto the rest of the world.”

Aurora’s involvement into “Nasir” also brings on board their sales extension 108 Media with offices in Singapore, Toronto, London, Mumbai and Toyko to handle world sales excluding Benelux.

Its recent slate includes Indonesian co-production “Abracadabra,” starring Reza Rahadian; Australian co-production “Storm Boy,” featuring Geoffrey Rush; U.S. co-production “Stano,” starring Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara; Switzerland/France co-production “The Song of Scorpions,” starring Golshifteh Farahani and Irrfan Khan; and Mattie Do’s Laotian co-production “The Long Walk.”

Stray Factory’s next production “Freddie’s Piano” will star Lydian Nadhaswaram, the 13 year-old Piano sensation who is making waves on CBS “The World’s Best”.

The 2nd edition of the FICCI FRAMES Content Market is witnessing participation from over 50 buyers from across the 22 countries. The prominent ones include Cinepolis, Cineplex, Huawei Technologies, 102 Distribution, Edko Films, Shoreline Entertainment, Spuul, Top Entertainment, Aurora Global Media Capital, Front Row entertainment, Alpha Violet Sarl and Indian companies like Zee 5, HotStar, SonyLiv, PVR Pictures and Reliance entertainment among others.

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Sonakshi Sinha to be the next guest on Arbaaz Khan’s chat show Pinch, teaser out now

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After Kareena Kapoor Khan’s hard-hitting episode, QuPlay is all set to unveil another interesting episode from the first if it’s kind chat show, Quick Heal Pinch by Arbaaz Khan. The unique concept witnesses Arbaaz Khan talking to Bollywood stars and discussing their social media interactions.

Arbaaz who is hosting the show revealed the juicy teaser of the next episode that will feature actress Sonakshi Sinha.

Watch the teaser here:

This season of Quick Heal Pinch by Arbaaz Khan has 10 episodes of approximately 20 minutes each and will be streamed online once a week on QuPlay’s YouTube channel. The show is written and directed by Abbiy Obheroii.

Other celebrities on the chat show are Karan Johar, Kapil Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sunny Leone to name a few.

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Samir Onkar’s new pictures are so refreshing!

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Actor Samir Onkar’s new pictures are a testimony to the fact that the actor is quite a hottie. He looks completely refreshed in the pictures and leaner than usual. “I make sure to maintain myself. It’s all got to do with a positive approach towards life. Most importantly, if you truly love yourself, then you’ll do anything to achieve your goals and that’s the spirit which I follow. When it comes to maintaining yourself, I must say it needs lots of hard work and a balanced diet,” he says.

The actor says that being fit is a great plus point in the industry. “I wouldn’t say it’s necessary to be lean for all the actors but it’s great if you are fit and looks impressive and not only actors even each and every person should keep themselves fit,” he says.

He adds, “I look rough and tough and believe that it helps me a lot to portray negative or strong grey characters. But at the same time, I always try to fit in every character whether its negative or positive. Looking good is important but everyone has their own charm as well.”

Samir also feels that no one should get obsessed with being fit too. “Most of the actors overdo their diet cycle and even their workout schedules. In fact, I did too for a while but then I understood that keeping a balance of mind and body is most important and I will request the people to first make your heart and mind beautiful and healthy and then concentrate on your body,” he says.

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Will Dracula scare you in Jiaji Chhat Par Hai?

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Sanjay and Binaifer S. Kohli, the producers of the show Jijaji Chhat Par Hai are masters when it comes to the taste of the audience. They have left no stone unturned to make the audience laugh by their plots and twists on the show. 
 
 Pancham aka Nikhil Khurana will turn Dracula in Jijaji Chhat Per Hain and will scare everyone by his deeds. His look as Dracula scared everyone on the set for a moment. He was thrilled when he looked at himself in the mirror and he is happy that he is getting to explore different dimensions as an actor So, stay tuned for a whole lot of twists in the upcoming episodes of the show.

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