Eros International just announced its current film production line up for 2017-18 and is a very exciting list of film. The company plans to produce over 50 films across multiple languages, making it the largest slate by any Indian studio this year, offering a diversified slate of marquee and content-driven films.
The company has ramped up its own productions with an exciting line-up under development through key partnerships including talented producer-director, Aanand L Rai and their joint production entity Colour Yellow Production, Viki Rajani’s NextGen Films and Trinity Pictures, Eros’ in-house franchise label.
Following the critical and commercial successes of Raanjhanaa, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Nil Battey Sannata and Happy Bhag Jayegi, Eros continues its association with Aanand L Rai and will roll out eight more titles with Colour Yellow which include Rai’s directorial venture starring Shah Rukh Khan. As well as a quirky romantic comedy Shubh Mangal Savdhaan by south director RS Prasanna, two films Mukkebaz and Manmarziyaan will be helmed by Anurag Kashyap and Rahul Sankalya’s Nimmo. Post the success of Happy Bhag Jayegi, director Mudassar Aziz will reunite on a film he will direct along with another interesting collaboration with Navdeep Singh (of NH10 and Manorama Six Feet Under fame) for a project that is currently in the scripting stage. Additionally, a Malayalam film Moothon starring Nivin Pauly that Rai will be co-producing with Ajay Rai and Alan McAlex, to be directed by Geetu Mohandas, who’s last film Liar’s Dice was India’s official entry at the 87th Academy Awards is also in the pipeline from the banner.
Speaking on the association, Aanand L Rai said, “Eros and Colour Yellow share an amazing synergy which reflects in the kind of films we make together, showcasing Indian ethos that touch hearts. What makes this association special is how, as partners, the teams bond and celebrate each project together”.
Eros’ new slate also boasts of five films in association with Viki Rajani’s NextGen Films, namely the blockbuster actor-director duo—Tiger Shroff and Sabbir Khan’s action-packed musical Munna Michael, Sushant Singh Rajput’s space odyssey Chandamama Door Ke, directed by Sanjay Puran Singh and directors Rahul Dholakia and Sabbir Khan’s next projects along with another project titled Make in India to be announced soon.
Director Rahul Dholakia adds, “Eros and NextGen are very established film companies. Looking forward to partnering with them in my next venture”.
Trinity Pictures, the company’s visionary venture, its in-house franchise label has five franchises across new and diverse genres lined up in the next couple of years— a spy-superhero film, Sniff directed by Amole Gupte, a live action bilingual (Hindi and Tamil) elephant film to be directed by multiple award winning Tamil director, Prabhu Solomon, ace director Krish’s buddy cop film which will be shot in Hindi and Tamil simultaneously, featuring popular lead actors from both South and Bollywood and two Indo-China co-productions, a first for any Indian studio—Kabir Khan’s travel drama and Siddharth Anand’s cross-cultural romantic comedy.
“It’s exciting to jointly develop the Indo-China project with Eros and I hope we create new milestones together. This project will reach out to a much wider audience, new geographies and territories opening up the fastest growing film market of the world, China”, added director Kabir Khan.
Eros will release the much-awaited third instalment of the popular Sarkar franchise, Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar 3 and Vikram Motwane’s vigilante drama Bhavesh Joshi with Phantom Films this year. With a focus on creating fresh concepts in new spaces, Eros is working with a pool of talented and established directors on board including Homi Adajania and Sriram Raghavan (Badlapur 2) in association with producer Dinesh Vijan of Maddock Films, Sujay Ghosh (Reunion), Raj & DK (Farzi) among others. Sequel to hit political thriller drama Nayak – Nayak 2 penned down by K.V. Vijayendra Prasad of Baahubali & Bajrangi Bhaijaan fame will also go on floor this year.
The Indian studio also continues to expand its regional presence this year with more than 25 releases across Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Punjabi.
Jyoti Deshpande, Group CEO, Eros International commented “With this film slate, Eros demonstrates two fundamental strengths, firstly its firm footing on a dominant market leadership position built on the pillar of a wide, diverse portfolio of films and secondly its ability to foresee market trends and adapt swiftly to step up its own production and co-production model over the content acquisition model. While the demonetization in India was a temporary cloud over the business affecting footfalls in the short run, we see great opportunities including a cashless economy driving accelerated adoption of ErosNow(1), one of the leading OTT services in India with over 2 million paying subscribers and over 55 million users worldwide. A compelling film slate with winning budgets and not just winning scripts, backed with a well-oiled global distribution network that consistently opens new markets for Bollywood coupled with strong pre-sales and a game-changing early mover ErosNow(1) digital strategy, positions Eros uniquely to capitalize on the rapidly growing Indian entertainment sector.”
Commenting on the company’s strong pipeline, Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd said, “We are delighted to collaborate with some of the best creative forces in the business and build a strong portfolio of films. We continue to see great opportunity in nurturing talent, creating IP in-house and remain focused on delivering our promise to provide wholesome entertainment to audiences with a right mix of popular and content driven cinema”.