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Blink49, Unicorn Island join forces for drama with Bridgerton writer Geetika Lizardi

Fifth Season-backed Blink49 Studios and Lilly Singh’s Unicorn Island Productions have teamed up to develop a new drama series based on the novel Arzu with Geetika Lizardi (Bridgerton, Outsourced) attached to write.

Charithra Chandran

The project, which comes out of the first-look deal between Blink49 Studios and Unicorn Island, will star Charithra Chandran (Alex Rider, Bridgerton).

Written by Mumbai-based author Riva Razdan, Arzu follows a young heiress who escapes scandal in Mumbai and lands in New York City. But while training to enter into glamorous Manhattan high society, Arzu risks throwing it all away for the adventure of living life on her own terms.

The series adaptation will be executive produced by Lilly Singh and Polly Auritt for Unicorn Island Productions, Carolyn Newman and Virginia Rankin for Blink49 Studios, Charithra Chandran and Geetika Lizardi, who also serves as showrunner.

“Arzu exemplifies the very essence of our initial collaboration with Lilly and Unicorn Island Productions,” said Carolyn Newman, exec VP of global scripted TV at Blink49 Studios. “We’re thrilled to welcome Charithra as our lead actress who brings depth and charisma to the project as well as working alongside Geetika to adapt this captivating narrative for television.”

Singh, president of Unicorn Island Productions, added: “Arzu is an inspiring story about a woman who rejects societal norms in favour of her own passions and pursuits. It’s sexy, surprising, and subverts the limited South Asian stereotypes we’ve grown all too accustomed to seeing. Geetika and Charithra are a dream team, and alongside Blink49, we can’t wait to share this story with audiences around the world.”

John Morayniss, the former head of Entertainment One (eOne)’s television business, co-founded Blink49 with backing from Fifth Season (then known as Endeavor Content) in 2021.

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