Irrfan Khan to Star in Indo-French Co-Production 'Divine Lovers'
The project aims to become the latest to qualify under an India-France co-production treaty
Indian star Irrfan Khan and actress Kangna Ranaut will star in Divine Lovers, an Indo-French co-production put together by the French film commission, Film France.
Aiming to become the latest project to qualify under an Indo-French co-production treaty, the film is also eyeing a wide release in France. A mixed crew of Indian and French technicians is also expected to work on the film.
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Lovers will be directed by Sai Kabir who recently directed Ranaut in the female gangster drama Revolver Rani. The project will be produced by former Studio Canal and Pathe executive Leonard Glowinski. His production credits include Oliver Stone's Alexander, Alain Chabat's Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre and Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell And The Butterfly.
Life of Pi star Khan – who is also starring in the upcoming Jurassic World – will also produce along with Indian producer Shailesh R Singh whose credits include Bollywood titles such as Tanu Weds Manu, Dil Kabaddi and Shahid.
As reported exclusively by THR, Khan recently boarded the Second World War TV miniseries from NHK of Japan, Canada's Don Carmody Television and FATT Productions in the Netherlands.
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Divine Lovers revolves round the lower middle-class section of society and is set in the heartland of India. “What I appreciate is that this film deals with complicated subjects with a comic tone, which will prove effective,” said Glowinski.
While a budget was not given, the film is set to begin shooting in March at various locations in India.
India and France signed a revised co-production agreement during the visit of then President Nicholas Sarkozy to India in December 2010. So far, two films have already been recognized as official co-productions - Miral (2011) and The Lunchbox (2013).