Fox Star Studios announce 'Dum Maaro Dum'

Thriller set in the drug underworld of tourist destination Goa

NEW DELHI -- Mumbai-based Fox Star Studios India announced Monday its next project "Dum Maaro Dum", a co-production with Ramesh Sippy Entertainment produced by Ramesh Sippy whose son Rohan will direct the film. The project marks the second major Bollywood production for FSSI following the recent "My Name Is Khan" starring Shah Rukh Khan.

While a budget was not given, "Dum" stars Abhishek Bachchan and actress Bipasha Basu, among others, while being the Hindi film debut for South Indian actor Rana Dagubatti. "Dum" is a thriller set in the drug underworld of top tourist destination Goa, which will feature music by composer Pritam. The film's title is derived from a popular song of the same name from the 1971 hit film "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" by director/actor Dev Anand which revolved around the growing hippie and drug scene of the time.

The project marks the second time RSE has pacted with a Hollywood studio here following the banner's 2009 co-production "Chandni Chowk To China" with Warner Bros India, which was a commercial and critical failure.

"Dum" will be the third outing for director Rohan Sippy and Abhishek (son of the legendary Amitabh Bachchan).

Fox International Production head Sanford Panitch said: "By teaming with the great filmmakers with 'My Name is Khan,' we demonstrated our commitment to filmmaking in this region and our capabilities as a serious production entity in India... We are quite selective about the films and filmmakers that we partner with and we are extremely proud of our association with Rohan and Abhishek, which further reflects our ongoing commitment to partner with the best talent in the local market."

"It's an amazing script that we are all very excited about. It's going to be a film to watch out for in 2010," added FSSI CEO Vijay Singh.
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