‘Born Hungry’: Priyanka Chopra Jonas Joins Barry Avrich’s Upcoming Documentary As Producer

EXCLUSIVE: Melbar Entertainment Group and Purple Pebble Pictures announced that award-winning actor and producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her production company Purple Pebble Pictures banner have joined the production team of Barry Avrich’s new feature documentary Born Hungry.

A true story brought to life, Born Hungry is a gritty drama about a young Indian boy who finds himself abandoned by his family, lost on trains and thousands of miles from home. Now, Sash Simpson, a celebrity chef who once survived alone on the streets of Chennai eating from garbage bins before ultimately being adopted by a Canadian couple, returns to India armed with only blurry memories to find his lost family.

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Chopra Jonas and Mary Rohlich, Head of TV and Film at Purple Pebble Pictures, will serve as producers. The partnership was negotiated by IAG representing Melbar Entertainment Group and UTA representing Chopra Jonas.

“Sash’s story immediately captivated me, presenting a stunning opportunity to not only showcase India but to also capture his journey and his profound passion for finding his family and himself,” said Chopra “At Purple Pebble Pictures, we are grounded by the mission of leveraging the power of cinema to tell global stories that shift people’s perspectives, and I am immensely proud of our collaboration on this project.”

Avrich adds, “I have always loved the brilliantly colorful storytelling from India and the vibrancy of iconicBollywood filmmaking. When I discovered this story, I was immediately struck by the passion and complexity of this emotional journey.”

Born Hungry premiered at the 2024 Palm Springs International Film Festival and will screen at Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto on April 26. Sales are to be led by UTA and IAG.

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