In order to mark 400 years of legendary writer William Shakespeare’s death and to promote his themes, Cinestaan Film Company announced plans to invest in making movies, it was announced here today.
The Cinestaan Film Company will invest up to 2,50,000 pounds in greenlighting the venture by joining hands with Film London and the British Council in selecting filmmaking teams from India, according to a release issued here.
The announcement was made here in the presence of Cinestaan Film Company Founder Chairman Rohit Khattar as well as leading filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj, Ritesh Batra and Vikas Bahl.
They also called for applications from producers and directors in Mumbai to apply for ‘Film London: Shakespeare India’ which would enable successful applicants to attend a five-day “microschool” in London by the end of July this year, where the team would also be given six months to repackage their projects.
“To partner with Film London for a film celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare is extremely exciting. Cinestaan is proud of India’s cinema heritage and this collaboration shall develop a unique production, uniting talent from India and the United Kingdom,” Khattar said.
Calling Khattar’s initiative the biggest step to pay tribute to Shakespeare, Vishal Bhardwaj said, “I am thrilled to be part of this initiative by Cinestaan and Film London to unite diverse talent from India as well as the United Kingdom in celebrating the Bard’s timeless legacy.”
Khattar said that Film London’s award-winning initiative would unite Asian filmmaking talent from the United Kingdom and India as well as give writers, producers and directors from both countries the chance to hone their skills through an intensive programme of training, professional mentoring.