Indo-American News: May 13 2022

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May 13, 2022

Ekal Sur Sangam 2022: Ekal Houston Re-energized to Move Forward

E-Shiksha, Health delivery using tele-medicine and Arogya Sevika training, Skills development like tailor training, vocational training and organic farming Ramesh Shah introduced the goals to make 36,000 villages Pragat-Progressive by 2025 and develop them into Adarsh Villages by 2030. This will be Ekal’s contribution to a self-supporting or Atma Nirbhar Bharat, a nation building initiative in the New India. Each year since 2013, the first Ekal couple-Kokilaben and Rameshbhai, have been spending 4 to 5 months in India visiting and staying with villagers to understand their challenges and opportunities. He continues to share the ground reality with the Ekal executive committee, Ekal Abhiyan and Ekal Abhiyan CEO Ramesh Shah with his wife Kokila. all of us to design and deliver appropriate programs to help the villages. He invites us to visit Ekal villages with our children and grandchildren whenever we are */5&(3*5: in India. Ekal India will facilitate your visit; click this link https:// w w w. e k a l . o r g / vanyatra for more details. Sandhya Suri highlighted Ekal’s women empowerment activities and Nidhi Gupta invited fellow youth to join her in giving back to fellow students and society at large in Ekal villages using their talents and skills. The evening continued with 3$8/,1( $33(/%$80 )250(5 ',675,&7 )250(5 86&,6 more music with )250(5 ,00,*5$7,21 )250(5 ',675,&7 )250(5 &2168/ $662&,$7( 5(*,21$/ ',5(&725 2) -8'*( ',5(&725 2) *(1(5$/ &2816(/ ,00,*5$7,21 the singers joining ,00,*5$7,21 the dancing audience on the floor ANDHRA MIRCHI HUM FM MASALA RADIO RADIO MIRCHI with on-the-spot 107.5 FM - HD-3 106.1 FM 1050 AM 98.7 FM medleys to further TUESDAYS THURSDAYS EVERY 2ND SUNDAY TUESDAYS 4:00 - 4:20 PM 4:00 - 4:30 PM 3:10 - 3:40 PM 1:00- 1:30 PM energize them. Finally, the event $&/53"- 5*.& team want to con-*7& vey special Thanks !' ' % '%) %' ) !' !> %*'# %! =! # to chief guest of % )= ' # $ !* ' % ' # $ !' ' ! & '# =! # & ! ' # )%# #$ % !' ! = @' the evening- San !" # $ '3&& !' ' %*'# %! &$* % % ! % deep Chaudhary $0/46-5"5*0/4 A > !& B ! = @' # % " # $ (Consul from CGI !' ' *%! # !& >!' C# #& % 5)634%":4 Houston, Com ?#& % A > !& B ! = @' ¾ 46("3 -"/% 59 # &'# %(# %! merce and Culture ? ' !> '%)# %*'# %! #7" ' !)%# %! portfolio), Suresh .0/%":4 , 0 % ) /4.4 !' # %! ¾ "5-"/5" (" Iyer- Ekal USA '! %$% * ' ' # %! >!' # #$%# %*'# %! ='!&*= !&' #D %# % # #$# President, Sub!#'$ ' % # ) ' /1 # *&#* !E ?" = @' F #G hash Gupta- Ekal Advisor , Yogi " & Patel- Ekal South % %*# %! west Regional President, army of SHIVANTI T. WILLY # #$%# %*'# %! volunteers, Middle ATLANTA MANAGER ] School and High 7% "6*'7 ) )! % %*'# %! 6*'7 ) )! School youth, Ekal Houston Chapter Willy, Nanayakkara and Associates remains in full operation during this global health event. Attorneys, legal assistants leadership-current and support staff will be available via phone and / or video conferencing between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM CST. Thursday free and past in plan- consultations can also be scheduled by phone and video. Please contact us at (281)265-2522 or visit our website at www.grwpc. ning the event. com for more information.

Houston: After three long years of COVID-19 pandemic forced absence, Ekal Vidyalaya - Houston hosted a live fund-raising event, Ekal Sur Sangam, at the GSH Event Center, on May 6, 2022. With the overwhelming support from Ekal donors, patrons and well-wishers, the full house was treated to a sumptuous dinner catered by Bhojan and entertained by two young singers from IndiaGeetesh Iyer and Garima Khiste. Garima comes from a family of musicians and has participated in the reality show ‘The Voice’. Geetesh is an ex-Indian Idol and X-Factor finalist with a flair for Bollywood, Indian Classical, and Rock Music. The concert was an ambitious post pandemic undertaking of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation (EVF) – USA and its co-founder Ramesh Shah. EVF USA has been headquartered in Houston from its inception circa 2000. After the dinner the program kicked off with the MC, Pramod Singh, welcoming the guests, sharing his personal story that not only brought out emotions in him but also touched the hearts of all guests. He said, “I am fortunate to have been born, raised and educated in Kanpur, UP, but my father’s journey was far more challenging. He was born in a small village with very limited family resources yet with a strong desire to educate himself. One person in the village with foresight spotted the potential in the young boy and offered to support his education in a neighboring town. That not only transformed his life but the generations that followed him. The credit for my standing here in front of you, in large part goes to that individual who gave the gift of education to my father. We should be happy that over the past two decades through our selfless acts of giving we have been instrumental in creating a positive wave of change in the remote villages of India. Let us continue to educate more children and empower more villages through our philanthropic journey.” The stage was then taken over by the energy of the musicians and the singers, presenting a bouquet of new and old songs. The evening continued with short clips of Ekal activities in India - a young girl narrating her experience of how Ekal school fulfilled her dream, women enthusiastically acquiring skills and earning power through tailor training centers, youth excited to learn computer skills through mobile computer labs (Ekal on Wheels). Each clip was preceded by short messages from Ekal volunteers; chapter president-Rajeev Aluru, Ekal Abhiyan CEO-Ramesh Shah, Ekal USA President- Suresh Iyer, Outreach Leader- Sandhya Suri, and Youth Leader-Nidhi Gupta. Rajeev Aluru talked about the holistic village development through three verticals: Primary education through village schools and


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May 13, 2022

Puranik Foundation Flourishes at Inaugural Lotus Innovation Awards Gala


Three generations of the Puranik family women: Rekha Puranik (right) with daughter Houston Mayor‘s assistant Olivera Jankovska presented the Puranik Foundation with Rani Puranik. Rekha’s daughters Bhakti Salunkhe Puranik (left) and Sharayu Salunkhe a “Puranik Foundation Day” on April 28th proclamation honoring the founders Rekha Puranik are left of the Peakock sculpture. Photos: Daniel Ortiz and Priscilla Dickson and Sudhir Puranik (left) with granddaughter Sharayu (right).

Houston: The Puranik Foundation flourished at the Inaugural Lotus Innovation Awards Gala on Thursday, April 28, 2022, with three generations of women who share a mission of providing educational opportunities that open minds, stimulate holistic perspectives and inspire transformation. The Puranik Foundation and more than 400 guests celebrated the first The Energy Project, a semester-long internship program that offered high school students the opportunity to impact the future of sustainability by co-creating alternative innovations to benefit Houston by problem-solving local energy challenges. The Puranik Foundation launched The Energy Project in December 2021, in partnership with HISD’s Energy Institute High School (EIHS), Rice University Energy Association and CleanTech Clubs, Stanford University Professor Ariel Raz, Junior Achievement, and TXRX Labs. The Puranik family is one of the pioneer families that immigrated to Houston in the early 1970s. Sudhir Puranik was a metallurgist, who found success with Worldwide Oilfield Machinery (WOM), a manufacturer of gate valves and other oilfield equipment. Sudhir and Rekha Puranik raised their family during the 1980s and 1990s in southwest Houston. Success of WOM led the Puraniks to establish manufacturing centers in Houston, Pune, Scotland and Pune. Rekha moved back to Pune to establish the Vision International Learning Center, a K-12 residential school for underserved children in Pune. The Puranik Foundation was founded 20 years ago and is the corporate social responsibility arm of WOM. The ballroom at The Post Oak Uptown was transformed into a colorful and elegant visual showcase of the Puranik Foundation’s impact in India and Houston with décor by Mandap Creations which was inspired by the Foundation’s beginnings under a tree in Pune, India. Embracing beauty, grace, and pride, guests snapped photos of the mesmerizing life-sized peacock,

India’s national bird, made from florals and appeared to grow out of the boxwood backdrop. From the lotus pond, the five teams displayed and pitched their innovative design projects to attendees to garner votes for the People’s Choice Award. With a hopeful heart for the future, guests wrote down their wishes on leaves, and hung them among a Tree of Life. The sound of a dhol drummer moved guests to their seats and emcee Casey Curry welcomed The Energy Project supporters and also introduced Executive Director Bhakti Salunkhe. Bobby Tudor, Chairman of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co, provided a virtual keynote speech followed by a proclamation presentation. On behalf of the City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Education Olivera Jankovska presented the Puranik Foundation with a “Puranik Foundation Day” on April 28th proclamation honoring the founders Rekha and Sudhir Puranik. Dinner was vibrant and delightful with elaborate floral arrangements provided by Flowers by Nino and gold lotus lanterns. A salad of salt-crusted, oven-roasted red and yellow beets with avocado cream, candied walnuts, dried apricots filled with goat cheese, and fresh pea shoots complimented the décor along with papadum with spiced fruit chutney. The Richard Brown Orchestra entertained the guests while they enjoyed their choice of the pescatarian dish which included pistachio-crusted sea bass served along with cauliflower mousseline and roasted rainbow carrots or the vegetarian entrée, which included cauliflower steak masoor dal tadka served with green potato puree for vegetarian guests. Dessert is sweeter when there’s a duo of pina colada coconut mousse and a chocolate caramel tart. A The Energy Project partner, Stanford University Professor Ariel Raz, shared his remarks on The Energy Project followed by a video that summarized the students’ work during the 10-week intern-

ship. In teams, students worked together to design innovative energy approaches to sustaining areas in alternative power generation, sustainable water usage, energy consumption, waste management, and urban design. During the Lotus Awards, the sustainable consumption project titled “Karot” was awarded a $15,000 grant for the implementation of the prototype that uses fish to help grow protein and plants in a home aquaponics system while “GHOST” an urban design for a better means of transportation to help Houstonians maintain mobility was awarded the People’s Choice Award. Event Chair and Global CFO and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Oilfield Machine, Rani Puranik dazzled guests with her voice during a singing performance that included a fusion of “Colors of the Wind” and an Indian classical raga called “nahi punyachi mojani” which means celebration of life and was followed by asking guests to light their candles during her closing remarks. The power of unity was displayed across the room as the crowd of guests held their candles up high. The Lotus Innovation Awards Gala, produced by Paul-David Van Atta, was made possible with the support of the following sponsors and guests: Worldwide Oilfield Machine, Puranik Family, Joanne King Herring, former Lt. Governor of Texas David Dewhurst, Counsel General of Nepal Steve Payne, Reagan and Doug Bauer, Madelaine and Richard Yates, Leela and Nat

Krishnamurthy, Leisa HollandNelson, Cheryl Byington, Beth Wolff, Cynthia Wolff, Katie Mehnert, Nancy Parsons, Stephanie Tsuru, Carrie Colbert, Mary Grace Landrum, Maryanne Maldonado, and Sandija Bayot. The Puranik Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Houston that owns and operates the Vision International Learning Center, a school in Pune, India. The Foundation believes in providing educational opportunities that open minds, stimulate holistic perspectives, and inspire transformation. Seated on 27 acres of sustainable land, the school provides private education to un-

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derserved children grades K-12 at no cost. Housing and meals throughout the week along with a curriculum enriched with nature exploration, mindfulness practices, critical thinking exercises, and leadership training are included. Twice a year high school, college students, as well as teachers, professors and mindfulness practitioners from around the world are invited to visit the campus to participate in one of three week-long Global Service Leadership Programs hosted by the Foundation. For more information, visit www. and follow the foundation on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.



May 13, 2022

Akshay Kumar: “I had Goose Bumps”

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KTRK-TV, Houston’s #1 news source, is looking for an executive producer with big-J Journalism chops to lead across all our platforms. The right candidate is a head coach: calling the right plays each day, helping to build and train our teams and motivating team members to perform at their best. Exceptional digital skills are a must, from social media to connected television. We move fast and the right candidate will move fast with us. Superstar Akshay Kumar’s next is Yash Raj Films’ first historical, Prithviraj, which is based on the life and valour of the fearless and mighty Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan. He is essaying the role of the legendary warrior who fought valiantly to protect India from the merciless invader Muhammad of Ghor. As Akshay unveils the trailer of the film today, he reveals his first reaction to the script of Prithviraj when it was narrated to him by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi (Padma Shri). Akshay says, “I want everyone to watch the story of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan. When I was narrated the film, I had goosebumps through the narration and immediately said yes to the project because the script blew me away. It is an outstanding script, a true find that brings together history, patriotism, portrayal of the values that we should live by and also tells a story of love that is extremely rare to find.” He adds, “It has everything that I, as an audience, would go to the cinemas for and

it also has huge scale that a historical like this deserves. I jumped at the opportunity because it is truly an honour for any actor to portray someone who has done so much for the India that we know.” Akshay further adds, “As an actor, it is my privilege if I can bring such stories to life. Prithviraj is our labour of love. We have spent every second thinking about how authentically and how gloriously we can pay a tribute to the mighty king who stood for our nation and his countrymen till his last breath.” Prithviraj has been directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who is best known for directing the television epic Chanakya and the critically acclaimed film Pinjar. The ethereally gorgeous Manushi Chhillar plays the role of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan’s beloved Sanyogita and her launch is definitely one of the most awaited debuts of 2022. The film is set to release on June 3 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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EXCELLENT SALES OPPORTUNITY Established insurance agency in SW Houston looking for young sales representative Present at the ribbon cutting for Phase 2 of the Sugar Land Memorial Park Eagle Project (from left) Councilman Stewart Jacobson, Councilwoman Jennifer Lane, Councilwoman Carol McCutcheon, benefactor Kanwal Bhalla, Sunny Sharma, Rashmi Sharma, Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman, Councilwoman Suzanne Whatley, Councilman Naushad Kermally and Councilman William Ferguson.

By Jawahar Malhotra Sugar Land: At a recent ceremony held in late April, the Sugar Land Mayor and members of City Council gathered for a ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the Memorial Eagle Plaza off University Blvd. and north of Commonwealth Blvd. The plaza consists of flags at the entrance, a Veterans Remembrance Tower and the Memorial Eagle sculpture. The Plaza commemorates the men and women of the armed forces who have sacrificed their lives for their country.

Col. R.P.S. Raj and Kanwal Bhalla, residents of Sugar Land for many years, generously made the lead $100,000 donation the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation towards the completion of the plaza surrounding the eagle sculpture. Col. Bhalla, a veterinarian, retired from the Indian Army many years ago before immigrating to the US and working with major corporations. Due to a recent surgery, he was unable to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony but was represented by his wife Kanwal and their niece. Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zim-

merman lauded the Bhallas for their generous donation which will be added to by contributions by former Mayor Jimmy Thompson, Nancy Thompson and Brooke Thompson (in memory of Bob Brown), the Amy and Gary Becker Foundation, and John Null. The Eagle Plaza was the third of four commemoration projects that Sugar Land City Council approved in 2009 for Sugar Land Memorial Park each located at different parts of the park. The final fourth project named “Welcome Home,” is still being developed and donations are being sought for it.

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May 13, 2022

Titles and Sponsors Announced for 2022 Minor League Cricket Championships

San Francisco: Minor League Cricket (MiLC) announced today that Toyota will return as title sponsor for its second season of play in 2022, with Sunoco signing on as presenting sponsor for America’s first and only nationwide T20 championship. MiLC also announced today that the draft for the 2022 season will take place on Thursday, May 12. Twenty-seven teams will again participate in the competition starting on Saturday, June 25, with over 200 games scheduled to take place this summer. Toyota’s return as MiLC title sponsor follows their support of the inaugural season in 2021, with the championship won by the Silicon Valley Strikers last October. The Bay Area team, captained by Unmukt Chand, defeated the New Jersey Stallions at the final held in Morrisville, North Carolina. Sunoco joins the Minor League Cricket family as the presenting partner for the 2022 season, to feature 27 teams and 500 players in games held nationwide across 20 cities, the most extensive cricket competition in the United States. Sunoco will be the Official Fuel and Official Convenience Store of Minor League Cricket. “Following the most extensive tournament in American cricket history taking place successfully in 2021, we can’t wait to bring

back an even stronger Toyota Minor League Cricket Championship presented by Sunoco in 2022,” said Justin Geale, Tournament Director, Minor League Cricket. “The support from Toyota and Sunoco for this league will strengthen the growth of cricket in communities across the country, with Minor League Cricket serving as a critical pathway to the USA National Team.” “Toyota is proud to once again support Minor League Cricket this

season as they continue to grow this exciting sport here in the United States,” said Darcey Rayner, Sponsorship Strategy, Integration

& Activation, Toyota Motor North America. “After the success of last year’s season, we are excited to see the players and teams from across the country compete this summer for the Championship.” “Sunoco is excited to partner with Minor League Cricket and support the sport’s continued growth across the country,” said Fred McConnell, Director of Marketing, Sunoco. “Sunoco

knows how much the sport of cricket means to so many of our customers, and is proud to invest in the cricket community and its continued success.” The Toyota Minor League Cricket Championship presented by Sunoco features the strongest cricketers across the country with each team roster including a selection of marquee professional players, priority domestic players, and a required number of U21 and U19 players to support the development of emerging talent for the United States National Teams. Twenty-seven teams will again contest the 2022 MiLC season. Twenty-five teams return from the inaugural season, with the Chicago Tigers replacing the Chicago Catchers in the Central Division, while the Southern Division welcomes the Atlanta Lightning, with the Atlanta Param Veers departing. Two other teams in the Central Division will feature name changes: the Austin Athletics will now be known as the Lone Star Athletics and the Irving Mustangs as the Dallas Mustangs. The second season of MiLC will run for eight weeks of regular season action nationwide this summer. The Toyota Minor League Cricket championship will conclude with Conference semi-finals held Aug. 20-21 and Finals Weekend over Aug. 27-28.

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YLDP: “Excellence Doesn’t Always Mean Completion” By Sanath Muralidhara

Houston: When looking at top leaders across the world like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, we get a feeling that a leader has to be complete, well-rounded, and extremely brilliant at what they do. However, no one can achieve all of these qualities all at once in this day and age. Today, the job of an executive isn’t to control their staff, but to encourage and empower them to complete tasks as a team. In Harvard Business Review, Chapter 10, the Incomplete Business Leader is a revered aspect of business leadership. It illustrates the power of being flawed, and that the flawed people can look for new and unique ways to bring together their teams and get work done more efficiently. Four core leadership capabilities can help all organizations: sensemaking, relating, visioning, and inventing. All four of these qualities combined can help the executive to find new ways to engage their team and showcase their leadership. Sensemaking is interpreting developments in the business environment. This means that a leader has to make sense of their organization: to find out how it works,

the nuts and bolts that make up the foundation, and how the people work together. Next, relating comes in. This involves building relationships with your teammates, and partners, and understanding the other person’s viewpoint about certain business aspects. Visioning helps the executive plan out their future in front of their own eyes, and how they want to see their company in a set amount of time, like 5 years, 10 years, or even 50 years. This immensely helps with planning a company’s future and can even identify problems that it may encounter. Finally, inventing involves creating new solutions to seemingly complex or hard-tosolve problems. Using the vision-

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Zee5 Dials Up Stellar Content of 80+ Titles for 2022 Zee5’s blockbuster content slate for 2022 with 80+ titles spanning across Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, and Bengali. The slate encompasses 40+ original shows and 40+ movies featuring an expansive gamut of genres, including cutting-edge thrillers, highvoltage action, gripping dramas, light-hearted comedies, and soulstirring romances. In line with its content strategy, ZEE5 Global’s vision is to narrate stories that mirror the viewer’s soul and cater to multiple consumer cohorts. As part of this approach, ZEE5 Global has also announced collaborations with leading creative minds like BBC Studios, Applause Entertainment, The Viral Fever (TVF), along with powerhouse cinematic talent like Vetrimaaran, Prakash Raj, Amitabh Bachchan and Nagraj Manjule amongst others. The slate of Hindi originals includes the much-anticipated Forensic, Duranga – a romantic thriller, latest seasons of audience favourites like Abhay 3, Pitchers 2, Sunflower 2, Tripling 3, Never Kiss Your Best Friend 2 and Rangbaaz 3 amongst many more. Amping up the ante, the platform will also feature the digital release of some of the biggest theatrical blockbusters like The Kashmir Files, Amitabh Bachchan’s Jhund and John Abraham’s Attack to name a few. The content slate also comprises a strong line-up of regionals, with the recently launched Anantham and Gaalivaana along with some of the most awaited shows and movies in Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, and Bengali like Nilamellam Ratham, Fingertip S2, Paper Rocket Recce Kinnerasaani, Yaar Anmulle Returns, Fuffad Ji, and Main Viyah Nahi Karona Tere Naal, Shikarpur, Raktakarabi and Swetkali. In line with the platform’s aim to offer unique and premium content to a wide variety of audiences, the high-voltage trailer of the 2022 content slate promises phenomenal and electrifying entertainment for viewers, satisfying their varied entertainment needs. Trailer Link- Commenting on the announcement, Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global said, “We’ve endeavoured to bring our global audiences the most diverse content slate curating the best stories from South Asia and it has been very encouraging to see how strongly our content has resonated with audiences worldwide. We are proud to now announce our slate for 2022 which brings together the best talent and creativity, and further dials up our focus on regional content across languages for the global Indian and South Asian diaspora. We, also in parallel, stay open to collaborations with content production companies and creative partners across markets and languages. Our deep commitment is to bring our global view-

ers real and relatable stories from South Asia, and we are confident that this new handpicked slate will deliver well on that promise.” Speaking about ZEE5’s content strategy and the new content slate, Mr. Punit Misra, President – Content and International Markets, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. said, “Over the last couple of years, the OTT ecosystem has undergone a significant transition due to constantly evolving consumer preferences and consumption patterns. At ZEE5, our #SoulToScreen approach continues to be a critical pillar in conceptualizing the content slate for various markets and designing our content strategy. We are proud to unveil our content slate for 2022 across languages and reaffirm our commitment of engaging viewers with premium quality content. Keeping in mind the dynamism of this ecosystem and our sharp insights into India’s diverse cultural preferences, we are confident that ZEE5’s extensive mix of new originals and movies will be successful in entertaining audiences in India and globally.” Talking about the content slate, Ms. Nimisha Pandey, Chief Content Officer - Hindi Originals, ZEE5 added, “At ZEE5, our endeavor has been to narrate real, authentic, compelling stories, and expand the canvas of entertainment; a strategy aimed to cater to our multiple consumer cohorts. We have already begun 2022 on a great note, with encouraging audience response for Mithya, Love Hostel, Abhay 3, and Bloody Brothers to name a few. At ZEE5, we are obsessive about new ideas, narratives and working with exceptional creators who are passionate about their craft. Our slate for 2022 encompasses all of this and much more, and we are confident of raising the entertainment

quotient further as we move forward. We are certain 2022 will be a power-packed year for our viewers with intriguing, inspiring, and innovative storytelling.” ZEE5 Global has been a pioneer in delivering engaging content and delighting consumers, as is clear from the platform’s recent initiatives like announcing a volley of Tamil-language releases or being the first OTT platform to foray into Punjabispeaking markets with original content or scaling up its Bengali and Telugu content offerings. In line with their aim of “entertainment inclusion”, ZEE5 Global has a robust slate planned for their Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and Bengali-speaking audiences as well. The recently announced Tamil slate includes names like Valimai, Nilamellam Ratham, Anantham, Paper Rocket, Five-SixSeven-Eight, Alma Mater, Ayali, Thalamai Seyalagam, Fingertip 2, Kolaigara Kairegaigal and Aindham Vedham. The Telugu slate includes titles like Gaalivaana, Kinnerasaani, Recce 2, ATM Prema Vinam ,Maa Neella Tank and Aha Naa Pellanta. The Punjabi content titles on the platform include Yaar Anmulle Returns, Fuffad Ji, and Main Viyah Nahi Karona Tere Naal, along with Bengali titles like Shikarpur, which marks the OTT debut of Ankush Hazra, Raktakarabi featuring Raima Sen and Vikram Chatterjee, and Swetkali. These titles will join marquee names like Radhe, Uri: The Surgical Strike, BreakPoint, Rashmi Rocket, and Sunflower on ZEE5 Global. Audiences can enjoy the premium content line-up on the platform with an annual subscription of $49.99. With a rich library of over 3,500 films; 1,750+ TV shows, and 700 originals, ZEE5 Global offers content across 18 languages: Hindi, English, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Punjabi, including six international languages Malay, Thai, Bahasa, Urdu, Bangla and Arabic. The platform’s exciting line-up for 2022 will add to its extensive library of 200,000 hours of content offering a larger catalog to entertainment seekers. Users can seamlessly download the ZEE5 app from Google Play Store / iOS App Store on Roku devices, Apple TVs, Android TVs, and Amazon Fire Stick. ZEE5 is also available on www.ZEE5. com.


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