Indian filmmakers to film in US in 2018-19
Indian filmmakers are set to film their latest film in the US, a move that could spark a bidding war for a major film distribution rights deal.
The movie, called Manu, is being made by India’s Virender Chatterjee, whose film, “Pasok”, also stars Bollywood star Salman Khan.
“We will definitely go to the US,” Chattersejee told Reuters.
The Indian film company is bidding for a deal worth up to $100 million that will help it get its movie out to the widest audience possible.
Chatterji will direct the film alongside actor-director-producer Sridhar Reddy and producer Pramod Bhattacharya.
Chats are also expected to be shared with several US entertainment agencies, including Netflix and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Chattersjee and Reddy, whose previous films include “Dawn of the World”, “Sagar, the First”, “The Prince of Thorns”, and “Pawan” were both nominated for best actor in the 2018 Indian Film Academy Awards.
“Pasaok” was the first Indian film to be given the coveted Golden Globe award, which is given to the best film of a country or region.
Chattanooga native Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who starred in Chatterjie’s “Paparama”, is also part of the film, which stars Reddy.
The film is based on the real-life tale of a man who tried to smuggle a baby from India to the United States.
The man, Anil Gupta, was arrested in San Diego, California, in February and charged with attempting to smuggled a baby.
In the film’s trailer, Khan and Redder portray Gupta as a man in need of a rescue operation.
India is expected to have over $300 million worth of film rights, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a vibrant community and has been the location of the first screening of the Indian film in 1887,” Chatt’s mayor, Tim Jurek, said in a statement.
“The film will help showcase our community and the diversity of our people.”
India’s film industry has enjoyed a surge in the past five years, as demand for cinema has grown and the industry is trying to adapt to the fast-paced digital age.
However, Chatterjas work is not without controversy.
A few years ago, the government banned the sale of VHS tapes in the country, citing a rising risk of piracy.
The move was controversial because the country has an estimated one billion pirated VHS cassettes, according the Entertainment Software Association.
The ban has since been lifted, but VHS sales have been severely curtailed, according TOI.
The government’s decision to ban VHS tape distribution also drew a large crowd in front of a government-run cinema in Chennai, India’s largest city.
“I am a strong supporter of film industry,” said a visibly angry Chatteraj.
“But I am also aware that our country is not yet at the stage where people want to watch films.
I believe that the time has come to reconsider the way films are produced in India.”