Director Leena Yadav of Teen Patti fame is shooting for her next project titled Parched, a woman-oriented film about the journey of a group of local women, set in rural India. The film stars Radhika Apte, Tanishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla among others, with actor Adil Hussain playing the male lead. Although Hussain could not divulge too many details about his role, he mentioned, “The only hint I can give you is that I will be seen as a mystic singer in the film. I still haven’t shot for my portions and will join the team in the first week of April. I am looking forward to this experience.”
A few portions of the film have been shot in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Interestingly, two Oscar-winning technicians are working on the project. While cinematographer Russell Carpenter has earlier worked on films like Titanic, editor Hughes Wisborne had worked on Crash. The film is a co-production of Los Angeles-based Shivalaya Entertainment, a newly-formed alliance between Brillstein Entertainment Partners and actor Ajay Devgn. Parched will be presented by Blue Waters Motion Pictures and Marylebone Entertainment along with Shivalaya.
Sanjay Gupta’s next is a supernatural thriller
To be helmed by Ragini MMS2 director, Bhushan Patel
Sanjay Gupta has signed director Bhushan Patel for a supernatural thriller which will be made under Gupta’s production house White Feather Films. Patel, who has wrapped up Ragini MMS2 will start work on the untitled venture by the end of the year. The cast will be finialised by mid-2014. Both Patel (who is busy with Ragini MMS 2) and producer Sanjay Gupta (whose next directorial venture Mumbai Saga is scheduled to take off in May) will give priority to their respective projects before working on this.
Confirming the news, Gupta stated, “Yes, we have signed Bhushan Patel for a supernatural thriller. He happens to be a friend and we came to a mutual decision that we shall start working on this project only once he has finished all his commitments related to Ragini MMS 2. We will start location hunting and work on getting the cast in place only after that. The film will go on the floors by end of this year.”