There is no denying that we live in a digital world. Even in a post-pandemic era, digital transactions will continue to hold sway, for their ease of operation and unparalleled ability to connect people regardless of time zones or locations. Organisations aimed at simplifying these transactions are therefore, well-placed for success in times to come.
Signed paperwork is necessary for all modern commercial transactions. Traditionally, this was based solely on physical paper usage, bringing on huge logistical and operational challenges for businesses by causing delays, inconvenience and often times bad customer experiences. Fortunately, there is now a solution for this with the launch of Leegality. Founded in 2016, this start-up aims to liberate Indian companies from the drudgery of constantly having to using paper for every step in their daily business.
Shivam Singla – Founder and CEO of Leegality says, “leveraging the IT Act, we have built a ‘made for India’ SaaS solution that offers businesses a unified platform to sign and collect electronic signatures, pay stamp duty digitally and manage other critical compliance and workflow aspects of document execution in a highly automated way. This offers companies a faster, easier and more secure way to kickstart commercial relationships with customers, business partners, employees and agents.”
Through Leegality, signing, stamping and storing an agreement with the Bank is as easy as making a payment for your Swiggy order. Their vision has clearly struck a chord with many, allowing them to clock a revenue of approximately Rs 1 crore a month, with more than 850 Indian businesses using them to digitize their critical paperwork.
In a country largely distrustful of technology, it was not easy for Leegality to make inroads, but with persistence and time, they overcame this reluctance. “Our initial customers were early stage startups who were more willing to experiment, and then we managed to onboard an increasing number of enterprise customers. Now, five years since our founding, we have become the market standard for document execution for Indian businesses of all sizes,” shares Singla with pride.
Covid-19 and subsequent lockdowns certainly helped their growth further, as digitiation became the norm. Since document execution is critical to keep business flowing—companies and organisations readily turned to Leegality during this time. Existing customers helped spread the word and brought in new customers, as did their active presence on social media, which helped potential customers become aware of their services.
As a horizontal solution, Leegality caters to all types of organisations. However, they have witnessed the highest rate of success in organisations with document-heavy daily operations such as banking and financial institutions. In fact, with heavyweights like HDFC, ICICI, etc, on board, the BFSI sector has been their biggest industry supporter thus far.
The arduous process of getting a single document signed is long and complicated—right from procuring the right stationary, to buying the requisite stamp papers, printing and collating the documents, filling information, verifying information, sharing scans, sending couriers, running office boys, getting physical signatures, verifying signatures and communicating approvals, to safely storing the documents. Further, the document can become a pain to track down and retrieve later when it might be needed for enforcement or required for an RBI audit. At BFSI organizations, this process is repeated numerous times every day, and hence, this sector benefits the most from adopting a safe process for digital documentation.
“We strictly comply with the master laws pertinent to us, such as the Information Technology Act, Evidence Act and Indian stamping laws, for our eStamping service. This means that our services can be used legally for 99% of all cases,” shares Singla. At the moment, Leegality is all set for growth with a complete nation-wide expansion and are hiring through a remote onboarding and orientation process. This will be done primarily through social media, employee referrals, consultants and applications in job portals.
With the useful and timely nature of its services and the easy to navigate platform it has introduced, Leegality is a company to watch for. Organisations can avail their services through the website leegality.com. Becoming digitally proficient will pave the road for companies to become more efficient operations equipped for the expectations of the future.
The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles for numerous publications and her blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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APPLAUSE ENTERTAINMENT BEGINS 2022 WITH A HAT-TRICK OF SHOW RELEASES IN JANUARY
Applause Entertainment has kick-started 2022 on a high note, with two back-to-back show releases. The Sameer Nair-headed content studio of the Aditya Birla Group started the year with a bang with ‘Kaun Banegi Shikharwati’ streaming on Zee5 and ‘Humble Politiciann Nograj’ streaming on Voot Select.
Now, Applause Entertainment is all set to score a hat-trick with Mohit Raina-fronted ‘Bhaukaal Season 2’, streaming on MX Player.
Interestingly, Bhaukaal Season 2 is Applause Entertainment’s 30th release since its inception, it is 10th offering on MX Player and also its seventh show to boast of a second season. The first season of ‘Bhaukaal’, which was released in early 2020, became a huge hit for its hard-hitting storyline based on a real-life super cop, Navniet Sekera. The second season of the show revolves around how this police officer in Muzaffarnagar, UP, busts the Dedha gang and brings law, order and peace to the region.
What makes this feat even more commendable is that Team Applause is constantly exploring different genres with every show. ‘Kaun Banegi Shikharwati’ produced in association with Emmay Entertainment, streaming on Zee5, is a story of a royal dysfunctional family featuring an ensemble of fantastic actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Lara Dutta, Soha Ali Khan, Kritika Karma, Anya Singh and Raghubir Yadav. The political satire, ‘Humble Politiciann Nograj’ produced in association with Firstaction Studios and Danish Sait, streaming on Voot Select, takes ahead the 2018 film with a new story running into 10 episodes. ‘Bhaukaal Season 2’ produced by Applause Entertainment in association with Baweja Studios Production has been eagerly awaited by the audience ever since it was announced post the release of its first outing.
DEEPIKA, ANANYA & SIDDHANT STARRER ‘GEHRAIYAAN’ TRAILER OUT NOW
MUMBAI: Directed by Shakun Batra, Amazon Original Movie ‘Gehraiyaan’ stars Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, Dhairya Karwa as leads along with Naseeruddin Shah and Rajat Kapur in pivotal roles.
Gehraiyaan will have its World Premiere on Amazon Prime Video across more than 240 countries and territories on 11 February 2022. Directed by the very talented Shakun Batra, Gehraiyaan is a relationship drama that looks beneath the surface of complex modern relationships, adulting, letting go and taking control of ones’ life path.
Speaking about the film, Deepika Padukone said, “Alisha, my character in Gehraiyaan is extremely close to my heart and certainly one of the most challenging characters I have portrayed on screen. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role that was fun and challenging at the same time.”
Ananya Panday said, “Shooting with the wonderful cast and crew of Gehraiyaan has been an absolute high point for me and I never wanted the shoot to end! There’s a certain realness to the story of Gehraiyaan; while the film dives into the complexity of relationships it also talks about the thrill of being in love, of discovering oneself and charting ones’ path.”
ALIA BHATT CLOTHES THE NEEDY
NEW DELHI: Pretty Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, who will soon be seen in S Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘RRR’, is now giving back to the community through a new initiative. She launched Ed-a-Mamma, a conscious clothing brand for kids, a while back and has now kicked off a ‘Buy1Give1’ initiative, which will provide basic clothing for underprivileged children. For this initiative, every purchase made on their website will be matched with a garment donated by Ed-a-Mamma for a child in need. Ed-a-Mamma has partnered with Goonj – a renowned NGO working across India that focuses on clothing as a basic, yet unaddressed need. Alia Bhatt said, “With Ed-a-Mamma, I set out to create a world that nurtures in children, a love of nature. Knowing full well that they will look after what they love. The Buy1Get1 initiative will be used to gift garments to children in need and we hope to make kids understand the joy of sharing with people who are less fortunate.”So while the actress’ career is flying high and she is busy with numerous films, Alia has not forgotten those in need.
SIDDHANT BRINGS A LUXURIOUS HARLEY DAVIDSON HOME
MUMBAI: Actor Siddhant Chaturvedi recently brought home a luxurious Harley Davidson Sportster S, making him the first person in India to have the bike.
The ‘Gehraiyaan’ actor took to his social media to share the news of the same with his fans and followers. The actor, who rose to fame with MC Sher from Gully Boy, has certainly come a long way in the matter of just 3 years, which is a rather remarkable feat.
On the work front, Siddhant is currently gearing up for Shakun Batra’s next ‘Gehraiyaan’. He also has ‘Phone Booth’, ‘Yudhra’ and ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ in the pipeline.
SONAL CHAUHAN TO PLAY LEAD IN AKKINENI NAGARJUNA’S THE GHOST
MUMBAI: Akkineni Nagarjuna’s ‘The Ghost’ is a much-anticipated film ever since its announcement. Earlier it was said that the Bollywood star, Jacqueline Fernandez was cast for the film however, the word on the block is that the talented Sonal Chauhan will be playing the lead opposite Nagarjuna instead of Jacqueline.
That’s right, Sonal Chauhan fans are in for a treat as they get to see their favourite actress on the silver screen. A source close to the film said “Makers felt Sonal Chauhan was the best fit for the lead role opposite Nagarjuna in ‘The Ghost’. They felt both the actors Sonal and Nagarjuna would make for a fine on-screen pair and that’s when they approached her. The two are definitely going to portray some great chemistry in the film.”
SALMAN TO FEATURE IN GURU RANDHAWA’S NEW SONG
MUMBAI: Superstar Salman Khan will be seen flaunting his acting skills in singer Guru Randhawa’s new song ‘Main Chala’.
Female vocals of the track have been lent by Lulia Vantur, and the female artist who will be featuring alongside Salman is Pragya Jaiswal. On Tuesday, Guru Randhawa took to Instagram and shared the update with his fans.
“Love will be in air with #MainChala! Song releasing on 22nd January. Stay Tuned,” he wrote.
He tagged Salman Khan and Pragya in the comments. Produced by Salma Khan, the romantic track will be out on January 22.
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