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nexGTv and Imtiaz Ali announce SPOTLight’s First Winners

MUMBAI: Ending the suspense which saw both amateur and expert video content developers, including numerous creative professionals vying for the top spot, nexGTv – India’s biggest subscription-driven video entertainment app, finally announced ‘Live-in’ as the first monthly winning entry for its ‘SPOTLight’ initiative. Painting with Fire – another short video from Soumitra Dasgupta, a 57 Year old Art Director from Delhi, won the laurels for the runners up!

nexGTv, together with acclaimed director and master storyteller Imtiaz Ali, had recently launched SPOTLight, inviting applicants to create and post their short videos exclusively on for Imtiaz to review and judge the best from the month’s Top 5 most viewed videos on its mobile app nexGTv.

The lucky winner – Ankit Dahiya, a 26-Year old freelance film maker from Mumbai, handpicked by the contest’s judge filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, wins a cash prize of INR 1 lakh while the runners up Soumitra Dasgupta wins an opportunity to get sponsor on-board for his next creative/ directorial debut.

Announcing the names of the winners, Mr. Abhesh Verma, Chief Operating Officer, nexGTV, said, “SPOTLight was incepted as India’s first mobile talent discovery platform for independent video creators and amateur as well as professional film makers to not just showcase their talent in front of the world but also to monetize their offerings simultaneously. We have received an overwhelming response from both viewers as well as content creators for SPOTLight, and are confident that this initiative will continue to help video content creators reach out and garner a large viewership which wants to consume fresh and original entertainment content on the go.”

Imtiaz added, “I was amazed by the response and the talent I saw in just the first lot. Short films made by users are a great exposure to all kinds of talent. I am looking forward to the next lot.”

The winning entry ‘Live-in’, available at, is a light-hearted take on the concept of a live-in relationship and portrays the endless quirks and irritations of having to share one’s personal space with another person in a funny manner, demonstrating how these little things in fact, make every relationship even more special! On the other hand, Soumitra Dasgupta’s Painting with Fire, available at, highlights the creator’s deep, solemn and very personal connection with fire. The winning entries together with all others can also be viewed under the SPOTLight section on the nexGTv App or on