GoQuest Media Acquires Rights for MX Player Originals


GoQuest Media has closed a deal with the streaming platform MX Player for the worldwide distribution rights for two of its original drama series—Ek Thi Begum (The Mafia Queen) and Queen.

Ek Thi Begum centers on Ashraf, whose life dramatically changes when Mumbai’s biggest don Maqsood turns out to be responsible for the death of her husband Zaheer. Inspired by true events, the series tells the story of begum Ashraf aka Sapna, who pursued the city’s dangerous gangsters to avenge her husband’s murder in the 1980s. Directed by Sachin Darekar, Ek Thi Begum stars Anuja Sathe as Ashraf.

Directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon and Prasath Murugesan, Queen brings to life the story of Shakthi Seshadri, a reluctant actress and politician and a non-conformist, who ruled the state of Tamil Nadu as its youngest female chief minister. Ramya Krishnan, who portrays the role of Shakthi, Anikha Surendran, Anjana Jayaprakash and Indrajith Sukumaran star.

Mansi Shrivastav, head of content acquisition and syndication at MX Player, said: “We believe in producing and acquiring narratives that make for universal storytelling. Our vision of ‘everytainment’ or entertainment for every mood, reason and season is now going out for global distribution and we are delighted to have two of our MX original series—Queen and Ek Thi Begum—make their international debut via the distribution deal with GoQuest Media.”

Vivek Lath, co-founder of GoQuest Media, added: “There’s a thirst for more premium Indian content and MX Player has produced two epic drama originals which are certain to inspire and engage global audiences beyond the reach of traditional Bollywood. We aim to offer the very best content from around the globe and from India. Queen and Ek Thi Begum (The Mafia Queen) are both in their unique way uplifting and aspirational stories to watch.”