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Endemol Shine secures deal with Zee for The Boy with the Top Knot

10-01-2018
Endemol Shine International has securied a deal with Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. for the telemovie The Boy with the Top Knot.

The deal was negotiated by Endemol Shine International’s Executive Director – Asia, Rashmi Bajpai and covers India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Commenting on the deal, Aparna Bhosle, Business Cluster Head - Premium & FTA GEC channels - ‎Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) said: 'Endemol Shine International is known for its distinctive content and we are glad to partner with them for the movie The Boy with the Topknot. It is a powerful drama which explores the complexities of relationships and will surely strike a chord with the Indian audience. This feature compels audiences to feel the other side of human emotions with its relatable storyline. The movie will premiere on our recently launched premium channel, &Privé HD early this year'.
 
Born to Punjabi parents in the West Midlands, Sathnam’s memoirs are a humorous, touching and emotional story of a second-generation Indian in Britain.  His book is an account of his childhood and growing up to face a bunch of painful family secrets and truths in his twenties – not least that his father and sister had suffered from schizophrenia – and that he was going to defy expectations of an arranged marriage.
 
The Boy with the Topknot stars Sacha Dhawan (Sherlock, Iron Fist) in the title role as Sathnam Sanghera, Joanna Vanderham (The Go-Between, Man in an Orange Shirt) plays his girlfriend Laura. Anupam Kher (Bend It Like Beckham, Silver Linings Playbook, The Big Sick) and Deepti Naval (Lion) star as Sathnam’s parents, with Kiran Sonia Sawar (Murdered By My Father) and Sam Otto (The State) as their younger selves.  Other cast include Jaz Deol (Viceroy’s House), Vineeta Rishi (Line of Duty), Kriss Dosanjh (This is England) and Manpreet Bambra (Wizards Vs Aliens).
 
The Boy with the Topknot is produced by Kudos and Parti Productions for BBC Two and distributed internationally by Endemol Shine International. The executive producers are Diederick Santer and Manda Levin for Kudos, Christopher Aird for the BBC and Nisha Parti for Parti Productions. It was adapted by Mick Ford and directed by Lynsey Miller.
 
The telemovie recently screened in ‘Cinema of the World’ at the International Film Festival of India, Goa.