After a good run at the box-office last year with The Lunchbox, D-Day, DAR Motion Pictures is planning to make a film based on author Farrukh Dhondy’s book The Bikini Murders, that is based on the life of a serial killer named Thhat Johnson. While, Charles Sobhraj, the serial killer who preyed on western tourists in the seventies, is threatening to sue the production house for making the film, which he feels is based on his life, the makers remain unperturbed. Refuting such rumours, Vivek Rangachari, producer and founder of DAR, asserts, “Since the book is already out and we have the rights to make the film, the threats will not affect us.”
DAR Motion Pictures is presently remaking the Tamil film Chennai 20 in Hindi. Titled Fattack, it is co-produced by Bejoy Nambiar’s Getaway Films Pvt. Ltd, the film is based on ‘gully’ cricket. Presently being shot at different places in Mumbai, it is more than 80 per cent complete and is set to release in May-June,” stated Rangachari.
Vikram Bhatt is to direct the sequel to Haunted for DAR. The film is slated to take off in July, once the female lead has been finalised. One film that is in the news is Ugly as director Anurag Kashyap refuses to comply with the rules of the Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Act that makes it mandatory for a film-maker to flash an anti-smoking warning during scenes depicting the use of tobacco products . Rangachari said that they will wait for the judgement to be out by March after which they will take a call to release the film.
“Peddlers, Monsoon Shootout and Haramkhor will also release on the Indian screens in 2014. We are working out their release dates and strategy in conjunction with our other co-production partners,” said Rangachari adding that Baji, a Marathi film is already on floors in Malvan in Maharashtra.
“We are also exploring the Tamil film industry and are in discussion to make Hollywood films. DAR wants to release atleast four to five Hindi films, one Marathi film and maybe one Hollywood film every year,” stated the producer.
Kapil Sharma’s Bollywood debut with Y Films’ Bank Chor
Comedian Kapil Sharma who has shot to fame with his immensely popular show Comedy Nights With Kapil, makes his Bollywood debut with Bank Chor. The film will be made under the banner of Y Films which is a youth films division of Yash Raj Films. Sharma has also signed a three film contract and Talent Management deal with the production house.
Talking about the venture, Sharma says. “It’s a privilege to be launched with YRF’s Youth Films Studio, Y-Films. The script is the most exciting part since it’s the kind of role that’s very unlike the stereotype of a comedian or what people could typecast me as. As an actor it’s challenging and I’m so excited that I’ve already started working on the nuances of my character.”