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Ronnie Screwvala to produce Netflix’s first Indian film, starring Vicky Kaushal

The film will also star Angira Dhar and will be out in 2018.

After commissioning two fictional series, Netflix is venturing into Hindi film production. Love Per Square Foot, a Mumbai-set drama starring Vicky Kaushal and Angira Dhar (Bang Baja Baarat) and produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s production company RSVP, will be released worldwide on the streaming platform in 2018.

According to a press release, the movie also stars Ratna Pathak, Supriya Pathak and Raghubir Yadav, and is about a man and a woman who enter a marriage of convenience in order to be rent an apartment in space-starved Mumbai. “Our younger audiences chose their mediums,” Screwvala said in the press release. “We love to disrupt and innovate in this space and this is a first of its kind for South Asia. We are thrilled to come together with Netflix and break new ground by reaching film-lovers around the world directly with Netflix.”

Apart from an adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s novel Sacred Games, Netflix has announced a collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan’s company Red Chillies Entertainment for an eight-part original series based on Bilal Siddiqi’s 2015 novel The Bard of Blood.

Competing streaming service Amazon is not far behind. After its first original Indian web series Inside Edge, Amazon Prime Video recently announced a collaboration with comedy collective All India Bakchod to produce The Ministry, a satirical web series starring Irrfan Khan. Other upcoming series include The Family Man by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, and projects by Phantom Films, Excel Entertainment and Monsoon Shootout director Amit Kumar.

Amazon has also clinched a deal with production houses such as Yash Raj Films, Dharma Productions and T-Series to launch Amazon Prime Music service in India.

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Advice from an ex-robber on how to keep your home safe

Tips on a more hands-on approach of keeping your house secure.

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— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.

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2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses

Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.

3. Think like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).

4. Protect your home from the outside

Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.

While many of us take home security for granted, it’s important to be proactive to eliminate even the slight chance of a robbery. As the above videos show, robbers come up with ingenious ways to break in to homes. So, take their advice and invest in a good set of locks to protect your doors. Godrej Locks offer a range of innovative locks that are un-pickable and un-duplicable. To secure your house, see here.

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