Pocket Aces launches into feature films; acquires the rights to the best-selling novel “Boys Don’t Cry”
India’s leading digital entertainment company, long-running Pocket Aces studio Dice Media has acquired the option rights to award-winning author Meghna Pant’s recent book, “Boys Don’t Cry”, making it their project to enter feature films. A premium name in the digital entertainment space with the longest running Indian Netflix original under its banner, Dice Media is known for its strong portrayal of relationship dramas. “Boys Don’t Cry”, a heartbreaking novel based on (mostly) a true story, about the physical, mental and emotional violence in the marriage of an urban, progressive couple and really like each of us.
Published by Penguin Random House, “Boys Don’t Cry” was just released in January 2022 and has already received praise from critics and audiences. The book is a bestseller on Amazon and various bookstores in India, including Crossword. Meghna Pant is an award-winning author and journalist with 7 books to her credit, including novels, a collection of short stories and non-fiction. Meghna announced the partnership with Dice Media at Jaipur Lit Fest on March 10, and the book was also acclaimed as the best-selling novel at the festival.
Meghna Pant, author and screenwriter of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ said: “I am delighted to be partnering with Pocket Aces’ Dice Media for the film adaptation of my bestselling novel ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. . Not only did our sensibilities match, but they were also immensely passionate, enthusiastic and supportive. We launched our writer’s room on Women’s Day, an auspicious start. ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is more than a book… It’s the story of 15 years of my life that took me 8 years to find the courage to write. It’s a rulebook that guides girls in matters of the heart and the head; It is a glimpse into the closed doors of a modern Indian wedding; It’s a dialogue about mental health that every family should have. I look forward to co-creating a film that will move the conversation forward, while being entertaining, exciting and captivating. You won’t be the same person after watching it.
Commenting on the partnership, Aditi Shrivastava, Co-Founder, CEO and Producer of Pocket Aces said, “I’m thrilled to partner with Meghna and announce ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ as Dice Media’s first feature film project. When I first came across the book, it was immediately clear to me that this was a story Dice needed to tell given our depth in the relationship drama space. This (true) story is unique from other films made about domestic violence because here the violence is not black or white – there are many emotional and mental nuances just waiting to be explored. No one gets beat up and the girl is not an abla nari – she is a modern, active, financially independent woman in a marriage that looks as normal and modern as any. It’s not a “someone else” story anymore – I’m sure everyone who’s been in a relationship will find it hard to relate to on some level. We have a class-A creative team working to create an engaging, fast-paced film, and we look forward to bringing it to your nearest screens soon.
Dice Media has been working on bringing several strong IPs to Indian screens – they recently announced they are working on the remake of an Emmy Award-winning telenovela, as well as a partnership with South Korean studios JTBC for the Indian adaptation of his popular K-drama – Something In the Rain.
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