Bringing riveting and pertinent stories from India has been a constant endeavor by SonyLIV, which has been consistent in strengthening its southern content slate. Launching yet another compelling narrative, the platform is all set for the OTT release of the award-winning film ‘Thaen’, a story that highlights the fierce realities of the society. It traces the journey of a young, rural and uneducated beekeeper who battles insurmountable challenges to save his wife from a rare disease. Directed by Ganesh Vinayakan and Produced by Ambalavanan.B, Prema.P & AP Productions, Thaen has been widely showcased at film festivals and has scored over 40 nominations. The movie was one of the two Tamil films which were selected at the Indian Panorama 2020. Thaen is also feted at the 11th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, Delhi NCR, India, Cult Critic Movie Awards 2020, New Delhi Film Festival, Ayodhya Film Festival, Ayodhya 2020 amongst others.
Thaen revolves around the lives of Velu (Tharun Kumar) and Poongodi (Abarnathi) who are living a seemingly happy life, with their daughter in a remote village on a hillside. In an unfortunate turn of events, Poongodi falls ill and is later diagnosed with a terminal disease. Velu struggles to get medical support for Poongodi as they are denied access to good healthcare for lack of valid documents or means to prove their citizenship. Hard-hitting dialogues and scenes of the film question how bureaucratic inefficiency and lack of medical infrastructure is shaping the reality of the society. The film drives a social message which is sure to hit the right chord with the audience. Apart from Tamil, this master piece will be available in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada
Ganesh Vinayakan, Director
“The plight of an uneducated man struggling for his rights, this is the reality of many… ‘Thaen’ brings to fore his struggle in a relatable story telling. The film is based on true events, relevant in today’s times and I am sure the movie will touch the hearts of many.”
Tharun Kumar, Actor
“I am glad to be a part of such an amazingly scripted film which delivers a strong message. I am sure it creates an impact on all, for the right reasons. It was a pleasure working with the cast, crew and a hard working team. I hope with the OTT launch on SonyLIV, the movie crosses boundaries and reaches millions across.”
Ashish Golwalkar, Head – Content, SET and Digital Business
‘Thaen’ is a carefully crafted tale that delves into a subject rarely talked about in cinema. Through these gripping and informative stories of india with real-life relevance, our goal is to resonate with the audience and showcase content which has the power to shift perceptions.”
Thaen will be streaming from on 25th June exclusively on SonyLIV
SonyLIV is the first Indian premium Video on demand (VOD) service by Sony Pictures Networks’ (SPN) providing multi-screen engagement for users on all devices. Launched in January 2013, the digital streaming player is home to 24 years of rich content from the library of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) with over 40,000 hours of programming. SonyLIV subscribers get exclusive access to key sporting events from across the globe, the latest Hollywood Shows, Originals, 18,000+ hours of TV Shows, LiveTV and Kids content.
With 100 million+ app downloads so far, SonyLIV provides original and exclusive premium content to Indian viewers. The platform has over 150+ original shows spread across Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Bengali. The Tamil and Telugu library itself boasts of 2000+ hours of Movies and Originals. SonyLIV’s originals its line-up includes – Avrodh, Your Honor, Undekhi, Bhonsle, JL50, Sandwiched Forever and Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story and many more.
Apart from being the official Indian streaming partner for Global Sporting events, SonyLIV keeps its viewers entertained throughout the year with Live Cricket, Soccer, Tennis, eSports, Racing, Fight Sports and Athletics. The platform offers its subscribers a host of premium International tournaments like the UEFA Euro 2020, Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, The Ashes, Australian Open, UEFA Champions League, WWE, Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League, Serie A, FA Cup, UEFA Europa League, UFC and Impact Wrestling to name a few. SonyLIV also has exclusive rights to tournaments of prestigious Cricket Boards namely Pakistan Cricket Board, Cricket Australia, England and Wales Cricket Board, Sri Lanka Cricket & Cricket Ireland.
SonyLIV has partnerships with key International studios – SPE Films, Lionsgate and iTV, which allows its subscribers exclusive access to award-winning shows like, Seinfeld, Power, The Good Doctor and Mr. Mercedes. The platform also hosts celebrated Hollywood shows to its library like LA’s Finest S2, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Alex Rider, For Life, Lincoln Rhyme, War of the Worlds, Commons and Indebted, 1917 amongst others.
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Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, Japan.
SPN has several channels including Sony Entertainment Television (SET and SET HD), one of India’s leading Hindi general entertainment television channels; MAX, India’s premium Hindi movies and special events channel; MAX 2, another Hindi movie channel showcasing great India Cinema; MAX HD, a high definition Hindi movie channel airing premium quality films; WAH, the FTA channel for Hindi movies; SAB and SAB HD the family-oriented Hindi comedy entertainment channels; PAL, a genre leader in rural Hindi speaking markets (HSM) showcasing the best of Hindi general entertainment and Hindi movies from SPN’s content library; PIX and PIX HD, Sony BBC Earth and Sony BBC Earth HD, the premium factual entertainment channels, Sony AATH, the Bangla entertainment channel; YAY!, the kids entertainment channel; sports entertainment channels – SONY SIX, SONY SIX HD, SONY TEN 1, SONY TEN 1 HD, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 3 HD; SONY TEN 4, SONY TEN 4 HD; Sony मराठी, the Marathi general entertainment channel; SonyLIV – the digital entertainment VOD platform; and Studio NEXT the independent production venture for original content and IPs for TV and digital media. SPN reaches out to over 700 million viewers in India and is available in 167 countries.
The network is recognized as an employer of choice within and outside the media industry. SPN is a recipient of several awards, including India’s Best Companies to Work For 2020 by the Great Place to Work® Institute, India, ‘Aon Best Employers India’ awards in recognition of SPN’s unique workplace culture and exceptional people practices, consistently ranking amongst India’s Top 10 Companies with Best Health & Wellness Practices by SHRM & CGP Partners and listed by Working Mother & AVTAR as one of the 100 Best Companies for Women in India.
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