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iDream to release 3 films this year

MUMBAI: iDream Productions, which was lying low for almost three years after their home production Naina bombed at the box office, has swung back into action. The pipeline includes three low-budget films, out of which two are being co-produced.

Tahaan is a co-production with cinematographer Santosh Sivan who has also directed the film. Made on a budget of Rs 50 million, the film was screened at Cannes Film Festival. Extensively shot in the valley of Kashmir, it is about a young boy who wants to get back his donkey. The ensemble cast includes Anupam Kher, Sarika, Rahuk Khanna and Rahul Bose.


Straight also has a budget of Rs 50 million and has reached the post production stage. Directed by Parvati Balgopalan, it stars Vinay Pathak and Gul Panag. The story is based on Vinay’s life who realized that he’s gay in due course of time.



Khusar Prasad ka Bhoot, a village satire which has Paresh Rawal as its main lead, is co-produced with Red Eyes Production. Made on a budget of Rs 70 million, the film is directed by Gary Garewal and shot in Bhopal.


The three films will release by this year end, says iDream production CEO Ashish Bhatnagar.



iDream soon plans to do a sequel of its home grown project Jajantaram Mamantaram. “It will be on a much bigger scale. We are currently rolling it out,” avers Bhatnagar. The film had visual effects of about 64 minutes.



Sony Pictures, who has been distributing iDream films in the past, is likely to pick up the distribution of these three new movies.



iDream distributed Monsoon Wedding, Bollywood/Hollywood and Bend It Like Beckham in India. The production list includes children film Jajantaram Mamantaram, a political thriller 16 December and a mythological Agnivarsha. It has invested in international co-productions King of Bollywood and The Sick House, a British horror film which was recently released by New Line Cinema in North America.



iDream Independent Pictures Ltd (iDIP), iDream‘s sales agency, screened 14 films at Cannes this year. Some of these include Tahaan, Unforgettable, The Voyeurs, Hope, Vanage, Ocean of Pearls and Frozen. In the last 18 months, iDIP has screened seven films in 51 countries.

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