Digital storytellers and content creators Amritpal Bindra, Anand Tiwari and Nikhil Taneja lauch ‘Yuvaa’

It is a media company for purpose-driven content

MUMBAI: Amritpal Bindra, Anand Tiwari and Nikhil Taneja, the producers and content creators behind shows on the digital space – Bang Baaja Baaraat (40 million+ views), Sex Chat with Pappu and Papa (55 million+ views), Girl in the City (50 million+ views), Chukiyagiri (30 million+ views) and the first original Bollywood Netflix movie, Love Per Square Foot – have come together to form a youth media company for purpose-driven content, “Yuvaa.”

It will be a platform that listens to, engages with and shares the stories that bring young India together, to create a community of empowered ‘yuvaa’. It will create and curate original, accessible and entertaining stories of, for and by the youth of India across genres of non-fiction and fiction web series, docu-series, talk shows, podcasts and short-format on all digital and social media: YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

In year one, Yuvaa will put out over 1000 minutes and 100+ pieces of original content for free, focusing on some of the most pressing issues, struggles, challenges, aspirations and dreams of young India. From mental health and self-care to gender equality and LGBTQ inclusivity to identity and self-expression, the platform will tell emotional, empathetic, enriching, empowering and entertaining stories of young people that haven’t yet been told in mainstream media. It believes that ‘Every Story Matters’ and its tagline explains its inherent philosophy: ‘We, The Stories’.

The stories that it will produce, share and tell will come from insight mined from a pan-India road-show, where the young team behind Yuvaa is traveling across 30 cities including Shimla, Port Blair and Guwahati to meet, hear and talk to students in 100+ colleges and understand their stories in their own words.

Taneja said, “By 2020, India will be the world’s youngest country with 65 per cent of its population under 35, and an average age of 29. A new generation of young Indians will take our country into the future, but their stories are largely untold, unheard and under-represented in our media, and we have very little understanding of the identity and mental health issues they are going through. We have formed Yuvaa to be a mental health positive platform and community that listens to and shares authentic stories of young Indians so they feel more represented and less alone. Because their stories matter.”

Bindra said, “It’s an extremely proud and grateful moment for all of us at Yuvaa to have embarked on this journey which has been filled with learnings, experiences and real impact. The idea of creating entertaining and engaging content that deals with issues like mental health, body positivity and identity is fascinating and challenging in equal measures. Yuvaa is an opportunity to create a community that unites young India in a way that has never been done before. This also brings a huge amount of responsibility on us to create a positive equal and conscious community. “

Tiwari said, “The content of Yuvaa will be by, for and from the youth themselves. We aren’t coming from a 'preachy' place, where we will tell the audience and they will listen. Yuvaa is a platform where we are the listeners too and every young Indian is a storyteller.”

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