Warner Bros. to distribute Nikhil Advani's 'Made in China'

Warner Bros. to distribute Nikhil Advani's 'Made in China'

MUMBAI: Warner Brothers Pictures has inked a worldwide distribution deal for Made in China, a Hindi film to be produced by Ramesh Sippy and directed by Nikhil Advani.

According to an official release, the shooting for the film which for the first time will see an Indian production in China, is expected to get underway in January 2008.

The film, written by Sridhar Raghavan (Khakee, Bluffmaster), stars Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone and music composers are Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The story is centred around Kumar who plays the role of Sidhu, a lowly Mumbai cook mistaken for a martial arts hero.

Warner Bros entertainment India country manager Blaise Fernandes said, "We are excited and proud to be working with such respected partners as Ramesh Sippy and Orion. We will count on our partners‘ expertise and will do everything in our power to make a well-crafted, popular and successful Indian film."

Sippy said, "At the turn of the century there was a lot of promise in the air about globalization in Indian cinema and now with this venture Ramesh Sippy Entertainment and Orion are joining hands with Warner Bros. bringing that dream closer to reality and certainly what we hope to achieve at the minimum is a greater knowledge and understanding of the workings and systems of Hollywood and the Indian film industry. And I am sure we both stand to gain a lot from each other."

Advani will be helming an action film for the first time. He has previously directed the drama-musicals Salaam-E-Ishq and Kal Ho Na Ho. Besides directing Sholay, Ramesh Sippy has produced films such as Bluff Master and Taxi No 9211.