Ananya Panday boards ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’

March 5, 2024
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Ananya Panday comes on board for a special video to announce the series 'Big Girls Don’t Cry' along with the lead cast

Prime Video, today announced the premiere of its upcoming Original Series, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, a captivating coming-of-age school drama set against the backdrop of a fictionalized all-girls boarding school. Ananya Panday introduced the series and its lead cast including Avantika Vandanapu (Ludo), Aneet Padda (Roohi), Dalai (Pluggy), Vidushi (Kavya), Lhakyila (JC), Afrah Sayed (Noor), and Akshita Sood (Dia) through a spirited and quirky video specially created for the announcement of the series.

Created by Nitya Mehra, Big Girls Don’t Cry is co-directed by Nitya Mehra, Sudhanshu Saria, Karan Kapadia, and Kopal Naithani, and boasts of a predominantly women-led ensemble cast which also features Pooja Bhatt, Raima Sen, and Zoya Hussain in pivotal roles, along with Mukul Chadda.

The series takes audiences into the fascinating world of the prestigious Vandana Valley where a group of young girls navigate life’s myriad exhilarating adventures of independence, rebellion, friendship, love, heartbreaks, and dreams, as they challenge not only the norms of the school but society at large. Along the journey each of them battles with an internal struggle to remain true to their own unique identities.

“At Prime Video, we take immense pride in being the home to some of the most diverse stories. It is our constant endeavour to provide our storytellers and talent a meaningful platform to share their authentic voice and perspectives that can resonate and connect with a broad and diverse audience,” said Aparna Purohit, head of India Originals, India and Southeast Asia, Prime Video.

“With Big Girls Don’t Cry, we aspire not only to present a story that is both refreshing and engaging, but also contributes significantly to the ongoing narrative on representation in Indian content. Driven by a predominantly female presence, both in front of and behind the camera, the series delicately explores multiple facets that resonate with young women during their formative years. Collaborating with a sensitive and talented creator, directors, and cast on this series has been a true privilege. Having Ananya Panday on board to unveil the series adds an extra layer of excitement. We are certain that our audience will not only find the series delightful but also something that leaves a lasting impression.”

Creator of the series, Nitya Mehra said, “I think school life in India, especially that of girls, is so underrepresented in storytelling, be it in Indian literature or cinema. Coming-of-age told through the eyes of an all girls boarding school in its most authentic avatar is what I was going for. Big Girls Don’t Cry isn’t just another girls boarding school drama, it is an insight into the lives, ideas, and feelings of young girls that are carving a path for themselves, finding their way into this world, and are doing so on their terms. Learning to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities, these girls are jet-setting on an enriching journey of self-discovery that will define who they are and what they’re made of. This series is a little homage from me to all the girls out there jostling to figure their identities. I want to celebrate girl gangs and sisterhood, and having Prime Video celebrate that with me was the perfect match.”

“Big Girls Don’t Cry is an exciting series that is oozing with such spunk and pep. It makes me nostalgic with fond memories of my time through school and college, which instantly appealed to me. I am thrilled to collaborate with Prime Video to announce and promote such a beautiful series that perfectly encapsulates the emotions, experiences, and learnings young girls go through at various stages of their school life. And even though I am not a part of the series, I thoroughly enjoyed shooting this video with the entire Big Girls Don’t Cry gang, reminiscing and reliving some fun and innocent moments of my past life,” said Ananya Panday.

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