Bollywood Star Anil Kapoor Launches Production Company
Leading Bollywood star Anil Kapoor has launched his own media and entertainment company, Antila Ventures. The actor partnered in the venture with MAS Clearsight, a Dubai-based investment banking advisory firm.
Antila will be headquartered in the U.K., with offices in Mumbai, Dubai and a planned presence in Singapore and Los Angeles.
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As a content producer across multiple platforms, Antila intends to create a library of mainstream content for film and television. Projects that will immediately go into production include the second season of the Indian version of 24. Kapoor co-produces and stars in the show, the first international adaptation of the hit Fox series. The first season was co-produced by the actor's existing banner Anil Kapoor Film Company and aired on Viacom18's flagship Colors channel. The second season will return on Colors with production slated to begin in May, for which Kapoor will again portray Anti-Terrorism Unit chief Jai Singh Rathod, the Indian Jack Bauer. The new production company will also soon begin work on film project, 7 Hindustani, described as a lighthearted coming-of-age story about seven Indian college freshmen studying in the U.S. Production will begin this fall. And rounding out their slate is feature film project Battle for Bittora, an adaptation of best-selling author Anuja Chauhan’s book of the same name. It's to be a contemporary romance-drama set against the backdrop of elections in North India.
“I have long nurtured a dream of creating a global entertainment company,” said Kapoor, “Given my vast experience in the Indian film industry and exposure in recent years in Hollywood, I felt the time was right to give shape and structure to this vision.… The way I see it, people will not settle for any old stuff; there is too much to choose from and a professional content provider becomes vital in the chain so that the end-user gets the best options.”
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In his three-decade career as a leading man, Kapoor has featured in some of Indian filmdom's biggest hits, such as Ram Lakhan, Karma, and Elizabeth director Shekhar Kapur's Mr. India, among others. The actor forayed into Hollywood following his 2008 appearance in Slumdog Millionaire. Kapoor also appeared in the final season of 24 -- co-starring with Kiefer Sutherland -- in addition to making a cameo in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
“Mr. Kapoor and MAS worked as a team to put a strategy and structure in place leading to the formation of Antila Ventures. MAS Clearsight within its global network and through its clients has arranged to seed this venture referring strategic investors,” added MAS Clearsight CEO and founding member Anish Bhatia.
Antila also intends to set up a world-class studio facility on the outskirts of Mumbai. As Kapoor explains, “The Indian film industry is in dire need of good infrastructure and the company intends to plug this gap by collaborating with studios of international repute to bring the best studio infrastructure to Bollywood. Having acquired land, the company intends to develop the property soon.”
Antila also has plans to include a talent agency and intends to establish a content library to exploit new media opportunities via strategic partnerships with upcoming content creators and distribution platforms such as YouTube.
While investment figures were not given, Antila Ventures and MAS Clearsight said in a statement that the venture “aims to attract institutional players like funds focusing on media and entertainment for Series B funding."
"Eventually, the company is targeting an IPO sometime in 2019-2020,” the statement said.