Ashok Kheny to develop entertainment city near Bangalore

BANGALORE: Newly turned producer and infrastructure czar Ashok Kheny today announced that he plans to develop an entertainment city with 20 studios with an investment of Rs 10 billion on a 300 acre land in Sompura near Bangalore.

?There are plans to set up eight studios dedicated for cinema, eight for producing television content, two blue-screens or special effects studios, and two for producing advertisements. The entertainment city will have modern processing labs, animation studio, sound studio, computerized lighting and special effects studio,? said Kheny.

Kheny was speaking during the launch of Prem Kaa Game, a debut Bollywood film by his entertainment company AKK Entertainment. The film stars Arbaaz Khan in the lead male role and introduces Bangalore girl Madhuri Bhattacharya as his co-star. Others among the cast of include Malaika Arora Khan, Tara Sharma, Johny Lever and Rubi Chakravarty.

Kheny who has plans to feature the film across 500-plus screens in India starting this Friday, revealed, ?Prem Kaa Game is the second venture of AKK Entertainment, after the successful launch of Sonu Nigaam?s first Kannada solo album last year.?

Bangalore already has a film city project, the first phase of which was launched by The Innovative Group (Innovative), Innovative Film City (IFC), about 2 years ago. The IFC complex is spread over 54 acres of land. The first phase has cost Innovative a shade less than Rs 1 billion. The overall project would entail investments of about Rs 5 billion.

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