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Leading Indian film major Eros International’s Trinity Pictures banner has announced two projects that are the first India-China co-productions after the two Asian giants signed a treaty in 2014.
Trinity will partner with China’s Peacock Mountain Culture & Media Ltd and Huaxia Film Distribution Co. Ltd on the projects to be helmed by Bollywood directors. Those are The Zookeeper, a travel drama from Kabir Khan, and Siddharth Anand’s cross-cultural romantic comedy Love In Beijing.
The films will see the former chairman of China Film Group, Han Sanping, serving as creative producer. Sanping’s credits include Red Cliff, Karate Kid and Let the Bullet Fly, among others.
The bi-lingual titles will be lensed in India and China while featuring as yet unannounced A-list talent from both countries. The Zookeeper is budgeted at about $25 million while Love in Beijing is budgeted at about $15.0 million. Both titles are expected to be released in the 2018 fiscal year.
The Zookeeper tells the story of an Indian zookeeper who travels to China to find a panda to bring back to India to save his zoo. A major part of the film will be shot in Chengdu. Romantic drama Love in Beijing revolves around a Chinese girl who falls in love with an Indian man.
“We believe our Indo-China co-productions will be game-changing as we pave the way to open up one of the largest film markets in the world,” said Eros International group CEO Jyoti Deshpande.
“Creating an entertaining movie for two of the biggest markets in the world is a big challenge,” said Sanping, adding, “But having good creative people from both India and China working together, we are sure to be successful.”
“With these co-productions being shot in both languages, we hope to present compelling film content, weaving in the socio-cultural worlds of both countries, which should appeal to the massive Sino-Indian market,” said Trinity Pictures CEO Ajit Thakur.
Last year, during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to China, Eros International signed memorandums with leading Chinese state-owned film companies China Film Group Corp, Shanghai Film Group and Fudan University for the exploitation of intellectual property rights as well as to develop, co-produce and distribute Indo-China films across all platforms in both countries.
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