Marking the dawn of a new era in Indian film making that truly reflects its progressive nature in the new millennium, the wait is finally over as Drona – an Eros Pictures co-production and 2008’s biggest budget Indian epic – unleashes itself in cinemas across the UK and worldwide on 2nd October 2008.
Eros International stands at the forefront of pioneering content production in India and Drona heralds the first film of its kind, combining state-of-the-art special effects with an engaging magical adventure, which will indulge audiences with a roller coaster ride of entertainment never experienced before in Indian cinema.
Drona sets a new benchmark for Indian cinema and will present to international audiences a fascinating Indian hybrid of Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. Directed by Goldie Behl and produced by Sunil Lulla and Shristi Arya, Drona features Indian film superstars, Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra as they have never before been seen on screen. With a dramatic departure from the personas they have portrayed in any of their previous films, Drona recreates the stars in a ‘look’ that cinemagoers will be seeing for the first time in Indian cinema. The film also sets a precedent with regard to breathtaking location filming, leading Indian cinema into new territories as far afield as Namibia, Czech Republic and Prague.
Drona also celebrates India’s foray into the celluloid realm of visual effects and the first collaboration between two respective heavyweights in the global film industry: Eros International — the leading integrated company within the India media and entertainment sector; and Charles Darby — the international pioneer of cinematic special effects, whose credits include Titanic, The Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Fifth Element and Minority Report, who together formed EYEQUBE Studios, India’s first company that is built from the ground-up for film effects supported by world-class training from renowned international experts in the field.
Commenting on the release of Drona, Sunil Lulla, President of Eros International, India says, “Eros International is immensely proud to release a film of Drona’s caliber to a worldwide audience and one that has given Eros the opportunity to further push the filmic boundaries of Indian cinema and explore new territories with our unparalleled collective imagination. Drona is one of the biggest budget films to emerge from India and unequivocally the technical best. With this film, we have once again taken the decision to plunge into ever deeper creative depths and to treat our audiences to innovative and original film content.”
Inspired by the rich tapestry of Indian mythology and translated to the modern day, Drona is a compelling tale of one man’s spectacular journey through the labyrinth of mystic myths and legendary legacies. The lead protagonist, ‘Drona’ (Abhishek Bachchan), takes a voyage that forces him to confront his fears and to become the hero he was destined to be. The forces of good and evil clash in this breathtaking fantasy adventure that will beckon audiences into a universe where mythic heroes challenge the powers of darkness.
The biggest magical adventure film ever to emerge from India, Drona releases in the UK and worldwide on 2nd October 2008.