Sony Pictures Films India is all set to have around 17 releases over the next one year. Despite the massive upheaval in the entertainment industry over the last two years, the studio was able to use this downtime to create an aggressive, vibrant, and diverse slate for the coming year. Last month, Sony Pictures Films India released writer-director Rensil D’Silva’s ‘Dial 100’ and more recently Satramm Ramani’s ‘Helmet’ whose screenplay, and dialogues are written by Rohan Shankar. Both films had a world premiere on ZEE5 and garnered wide critical acclaim and appreciation from the masses. These films were shot against all odds and have delivered two back-to-back success stories to Sony. While ‘Helmet’ marked the directorial debut of Satramm, four new directors will also be launched by the studio this year.
Next in line is Balwinder Singh Janjua’s (famed screenplay writer of Saand Ki Aankh and Mubarakan) directorial debut, ‘Tera Kya Hoga Lovely’, starring Ileana D’Cruz and Randeep Hooda, a rib-tickling comedy that grapples with India’s unrelenting obsession with fair skin. Set in the backdrop of Haryana, the film chronicles the story of a dusky girl tamed by prejudices and biases held by the Indian society against dark skin. The film is written by Balwinder Singh Janjua, Rupinder Chahal and Anil Rodhan.
‘Looop Lapeta’ is directed by maverick ad filmmaker Aakash Bhatia and stars Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin. This is the official adaptation of the German film ‘Run Lola Run’ and is produced by Sony Pictures Films India, Tanuj Garg, Atul Kasbekar, and Aayush Maheshwari. ‘Looop Lapeta’ is written by Vinay Chhawal, Ketan Pedgaonkar and Aakash Bhatia.
The studio has joined hands with Ram and Amita’s Ram Madhvani Films (RMF) for a big-screen underwater thriller ‘Dive’. Written by Renuka Kunzru, the film will put human spirit on display and celebrate the very tenacity of human will to survive and overcome, whatever be the odds. Nitin Parmar a well-known ad filmmaker will mark his directorial debut with RMF
‘Saale Aashiq’ is a topical film helmed by debutant Siddharth -Garima who are known for their work as writers and lyricists in blockbusters such as ‘Ram Leela’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’, ‘Padmaavat’, ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Kabir Singh’. ‘Saale Aashiq’ is a unique take on honour killings and is a romance-drama that is young, raw and thrilling.
Among films by seasoned directors is the Sabbir Khan directorial, ‘Nikamma’ an action entertainer with Abhimanyu in the lead along with internet sensation Shirley Setia and Shilpa Shetty in a power-packed performance. ‘Nikamma’ is produced by Sony Pictures Films India and Sabbir Khan Films.
Family entertainer ‘Aankh Micholi’ is directed by master storyteller and director Umesh Shukla and stars Abhimanyu, Mrunal Thakur, Paresh Rawal, Sharman Joshi, Abhishek Banerjee, Vijay Raaz, Divya Dutta, Darshan Jariwala and Grusha Kapoor. ‘Aankh Micholi’ revolves around a family of misfits with a crazily entertaining storyline which will be the perfect outing for families to enjoy together. The film is produced by Sony Pictures Films India and Merry Go Round Studios.
‘Major’ is a film based on the life of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan who was martyred during the 26/11 attacks. Directed by Shashi Kiran Tikka, the film stars Adivi Sesh in the lead role along with Sobhita Dhulipala, Saiee Manjrekar, Prakash Raj and Revathi. Produced by Sony Pictures Films India, Mahesh Babu’s GMB Entertainment and A+S Movies, the bilingual film has been shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi and will also be released in Malayalam.