Fox Star Studios India Signs Two-Picture Co-Production Deal with Vishesh Films

The deal will include one of Bollywood's first 3D films.

NEW DELHI -- Fox Star Studios India has inked a two film co-production deal with Bollywood banner Vishesh Films that includes a 3D title Raaz (Mystery) and Informer.

The 3D version of Raaz will be the third installment of the successful franchise launched by Vishesh Films in 2002, directed by Vikram Bhatt, that had a sequel in 2009 directed by Mohit Suri. With Raaz 3D, Bhatt returns to Vishesh Films after his recent release horror caper Haunted, the first Bollywood 3D title.

Without giving budget figures, FSSI MD Vijay Singh told THR, “While 3D releases in India have seen successes with Hollywood titles like Avatar, there is also a need to create domestic 3D content. Haunted was a major box office success grossing over 320 million rupees ($7 million) considering the film didn't have a prominent star cast. We are looking forward to working with Vishesh Films and Vikram Bhatt on Raaz 3D.”

Starring Emraan Hashmi and model-turned-actress Jacqueline Fernandes, preproduction work has begun on Raaz 3D which, along with Informer, will be released in 2012.

Directed by Kunal Deshmukh, Informer also stars Hashmi along with actress Prachi Desai and actor Randeep Hooda.

In addition to the two co-productions with Vishesh Films, FSSI will also be releasing Force on Sept. 16, a co-production with Bollywood banner Sunshine Films, backed by well-known filmmaker Vipul Amrutlal Shah. Directed by Nishikant Kamat, action drama Force is a remake of South Indian hit Khakha Khakha and stars top actor John Abraham and actress Genelia D'Souza.

“We have planned five or six films per year for our domestic slate and the variety of our recent releases include blockbuster actioner Dum Maaro Dum and the (relatively small budget) critically-acclaimed kids' drama Stanley Ka Dabba,” added Singh.

FSSI's major Hollywood release this summer, X-Men: First Class opens Friday India-wide dubbed in four languages released with 600 prints.