State-based Cineman Productions Ltd will collaborate with Phantom Films to produce three Gujarati films this year. With this tie-up, Phantom Films is making its foray into regional cinema. This was announced Wednesday here by officials of both the companies.
Phantom Films — jointly owned production house of Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena — will bring its expertise into the marketing and distribution of the Gujarati flicks ensuring they get a pan-India release, said director Vikas Bahl.
Abhishek Jain, director of Gujarati cult hits Kevi Rite Jaish and Bey Yaar, said, “The intention of this tie-up is to give Gujarati films a national-level projection. The experience and the expertise that Phantom Films comes with will surely help us achieve this. By joining hands with them, we have got access to a lot of good talent which in turn will add a lot of value to the film.”
Jain said that the first film that will go on the floors under the partnership will be tentatively made with a budget of Rs 2 crore. While the first film of the tie-up is a thriller drama to be directed by debutant director Mikhil Musale starring Pratik Gandhi, Asif Basra, Kavi Shastri and Kimberley Louisa Mcbeath, it is expected to go for production in a week. The second film will be directed by Abhishek Jain in the second half of the year and the third film is going to be directed by a new talent who will be selected from a 9-day writing and direction workshop that will be held later this year by both the production houses.
Vikas Bahl, director of Queen, said that if any of the Gujarati movies is good, then a remake of the same in Hindi cinema may also be on the cards. “This is the first bunch of people we have associated with in terms of regional cinema and hopefully more films will follow,” said Bahl.