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Prime Video Unveils the Powerful Trailer of Highly-Anticipated Original Series, Poacher

Prime Video Unveils the Powerful Trailer of Highly-Anticipated Original Series, Poacher

A compelling investigative crime series that unearths the largest ivory poaching ring in Indian history, Poacher is an eight-episode crime drama featuring a talented cast including Nimisha Sajayan, Roshan Mathew, and Dibyendu Bhattacharya in pivotal roles

Poacher is produced by Oscar-winning production company QC Entertainment and created, written, and directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Richie Mehta, with Alia Bhatt as Executive Producer of the series

Poacher will be available to stream on Prime Video in India and across 240 countries and territories worldwide on February 23, 2024
Trailer Link:  https://youtu.be/DdEJtvzT7jc?si=2_SBySCT_L8Xb38T

MUMBAI, India—February 15, 2024— Prime Video, India’s most loved entertainment destination, unveiled the hard-hitting trailer of the Original crime series, Poacher. Created, written, and directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Richie Mehta, the upcoming series features Nimisha Sajayan, Roshan Mathew, and Dibyendu Bhattacharya in pivotal roles. Poacher is produced by QC Entertainment, the Oscar-winning production and finance company that has brought feature film hits such as Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. Actor, Producer, Entrepreneur, Alia Bhatt is Executive Producer of the series. An eight-part crime drama based on true events; Poacher uncovers the largest ivory poaching ring in Indian history. The latest addition to the Prime membership, the crime series unfolds primarily in Malayalam, Hindi and English, and will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in India and across 240+ countries and territories worldwide on February 23 and will also be available in English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi and will have subtitles in 35+ languages. Prime members in India enjoy savings, convenience, and entertainment, all in a single membership for just ₹1499/ year.

The trailer provides a glimpse into the heartbreaking reality of the merciless and incessant killing of elephants. It follows a diverse group of wildlife custodians comprising forest crime fighters, police personnel, and good Samaritans, in their relentless quest to expose the largest ivory poaching ring in Indian history. But will the silent victims of these criminal acts – the helpless elephants – receive the justice they truly deserve? This question resonates deeply within the core of this thought-provoking crime series. Based on true events, Poacher skillfully sheds light on the consequences of human actions driven by personal gain and greed, thereby emphasizing the potential risks and endangering these species.

“As a global entertainment destination, at Prime Video, we have the incredible privilege of showcasing the best of Indian stories to consumers not just within the country but worldwide too. Poacher is a special story that will not just keep viewers gripped, but also evoke thought and lead to conversations on the all-important issue of wildlife crime,” shared Manish Menghani, director – content licensing, Prime Video, India. “We are incredibly excited and honored to collaborate with some of the most respected and credible names in the entertainment industry to bring this story to a global audience. From Richie Mehta – one of the most talented directors of our times, to the content powerhouse – QC Entertainment, to Alia Bhatt, who has come onboard in the capacity of an executive producer, Poacher brings the dream team together. It truly is a special story, and we can’t wait for audiences to enjoy this thrilling and thought-provoking story this February.”
“Every story has a hero and when you get to meet the ones who may not wear a cape and yet are fighting against crime and injustice, you are inspired to tell their story to the world. Poacher is my tribute to wildlife crime fighters – the dedicated forest service officers, fervent members of wildlife conservation and protection organizations, animal lovers — people who are risking their lives to prevent endangering the animal species due to the personal greed of poachers,” writer, creator and director, Richie Mehta, shared. “I am sure the series will act as an eye-opener in many ways – how interdependent and complex the relationship between humans and other species is, and how any negative action can result in an environmental imbalance, leading to dire repercussions. The series received an extremely encouraging and heart-warming response from the audience at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and I am thrilled that now, with Prime Video we are taking this series wider, to audiences in around 240 countries and territories across the world.”

Executive producer Alia Bhatt shared, “Being a part of this project is such a source of pride for me and our entire team at Eternal. Poacher is a clarion call to address the grave and heartbreaking issue of animal poaching and illegal wildlife trade. I hope that Richie’s powerful storytelling compels everyone to champion the urgent need for wildlife preservation and encourages us to embrace co-existence with all living beings. I am so happy to have found partners in QC Entertainment and Prime Video to bring this narrative to the world.”

“Being a part of Poacher has been a transformative experience for me. My character is intricately layered, having nuances of a strong-willed forest official with deep empathy and love for wildlife,” shared Nimisha Sajayan, who plays the determined Forest Department officer, Mala Jogi. “She is driven to bring the poachers to trial, and goes beyond the call of duty to unearth the deep and wide network of ivory smuggling. The series will compel viewers to ponder on the irreversible impact of humans’ actions on animals and the environment. It is a story that needed to be told, and I am grateful to be a part of a forthright project highlighting such an important issue.”

“I’m thrilled to be part of Poacher, which sensitively deals with the dire issue of animal poaching for selfish gains. The series explores the complicated world of crime, corruption, and cover-ups related to elephant ivory poaching, which was creatively and conceptually exciting,” said Roshan Mathew, who portrays the role of an NGO worker in the series, Alan Joseph. “As someone who empathizes with the cause, I feel fortunate to play a character that deeply cares about nature and works for its protection. Richie’s masterful direction and the authenticity of the story make this series an exciting watch for anyone who enjoys crime dramas. With Prime Video making it available to audiences in India and over 240 countries and territories, I am hoping that Poacher will surely have a significant impact.”

“Over the course of my acting career, I have been a part of many projects, played a lot of diverse roles, and loved each one of them, but Poacher holds a special place in my repertoire and heart. From the moment I read the script, it intrigued me and compelled me to be a part of the narrative,” shared Dibyendu Bhattacharya, who plays Neel Bannerjee, the field director from the Kerala Forest Department. “The story tugs at your conscience, making you feel a myriad of emotions, from anger, rage, sadness to helplessness and hope. Such stories need to be told, to bring a deeper impact in society. It’s about valuing and treasuring life in all its forms. And I am really looking forward to seeing the audiences’ reactions to the series.”

Poacher is executive produced by QC Entertainment’s Edward H. Hamm Jr., Raymond Mansfield and Sean McKittrick, in association with Suitable Pictures, Poor Man’s Productions and Eternal Sunshine Productions. Alan McAlex (Suitable Boy) serves as producer for Suitable Pictures. Also from Delhi Crime are Director of Photography Johan Aidt, composer Andrew Lockington and editor Beverley Mills.

ABOUT PRIME VIDEO
Prime Video is a premium streaming service that offers Prime members a collection of award-winning Amazon Originals, thousands of movies and TV shows—all with the ease of finding what they love to watch in one place.

Prime Video is just one of the many benefits of a Prime membership, available for just ₹1499/ year.  Amazon Prime is designed to make your life better every single day as it provides the best of shopping, savings, and entertainment in one single membership. In India, members get Free Same-day/1-day  delivery on eligible items, access to exclusive deals, early access to shopping events, exclusive access to our global shopping event Prime Day; and unlimited access to award-winning movies & TV shows with Prime Video, unlimited access to more than 100 million songs, ad-free and millions of podcast episodes with Amazon Music, a free rotating selection of more than 3,000 books, magazines and comics with Prime Reading, access to monthly free-in game and benefits with Prime Gaming. Prime members can also earn unlimited 5% cashback on all purchases on Amazon.in using the Amazon Pay ICICI Bank credit card i.e., Co-Branded Credit Card (CBCC) as compared to 3% for customers without Prime membership. Go to www.amazon.in/prime  to learn more about Prime.

ABOUT QC ENTERTAINMENT
Films produced/executive produced by the principals of QC Entertainment have garnered 12 Academy Award® nominations (including 2 wins and back-to-back Best Picture nominations), 7 Golden Globe nominations, 7 BAFTA nominations, 2 back-to-back AFI Awards for ‘Movie of the Year,’ nominations from all guilds (including DGA, WGA, SAG, and PGA incl. the PGA’s Stanley Kramer Award), along with dozens of other award nominations including from The National Board of Review, The Independent Spirit Awards and the Critics Choice Awards, amongst many more, and have premiered at the world’s most prestigious film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance and SXSW. QC’s latest feature It Lives Inside — a horror-thriller from filmmaker Bishal Dutta — won the Midnighters Audience Award at SXSW 2023 and was released by Neon in September 2023.

ABOUT ETERNAL SUNSHINE PRODUCTIONS
Great stories are at the heart of Eternal Sunshine, a production company founded in 2021 by Alia Bhatt, one of the most celebrated and sought-after actors in Indian cinema; and Shaheen Bhatt, author of the bestselling book on mental health, ‘I’ve never been (Un)Happier’(Penguin eBury Press, 2019). The production house is home to emerging and established storytellers alike. Its maiden feature film, Darlings, released in March 2022, was a co-production with Red Chillies and marked the debut of director Jasmeet K Reen. Eternal Sunshine is now gearing up for its next release, Jigra, an action-adventure directed by Vasan Bala and co-produced by Dharma Productions. With several other projects across genres currently under development, Eternal Sunshine Productions is set to usher in a new wave of modern-cinema, one that shall be guided by Alia and Shaheen’s pursuit of creating an all-encompassing world of timeless tales.

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