Balaji Motion Pictures Ltd. (BMPL), the films division of Balaji Telefilms, has announced its slate of 6 films for the upcoming year. The line-up boasts of impressive projects headlining 2013, including co-productions with illustrious filmmakers like Vishal Bhardwaj, Anurag Kashyap and Sanjay Gupta, alongside sequels to Balaji’s own successful properties such as Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai and Ragini MMS.
The strong line-up of films is indicative of the company’s exponential growth in the films’ space, further evidenced by an investment of approximately Rs.150 crores into productions of varying budgets on a rolling basis and in different tranches. Balaji Telefilms, having proven its success on the small screen, is building on its string of successes in the movies space, led by hits like Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Love Sex Aur Dhokha, Ragini MMS,The Dirty Picture and Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, to name a few.
Tanuj Garg, CEO – Balaji Motion Pictures said, “We have put together a strong line-up with a lot of variety. The significant ramp-up in our slate demonstrates the seriousness and passion with which we are growing the movie business. We believe that an equal focus on co-productions and acquired properties is not only a financially prudent approach for us but should also accelerate our growth momentum. We’re pleased to be the only entity with market dominance in television and films alike.”
The first to release on April 18 is Ek Thi Daayan, a co-production with Vishal Bhardwaj and directed by debutant Kannan Iyer. The super-natural thriller is top-lined by Emraan Hashmi, Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin and Konkona Sen Sharma, and marks the coming together of Vishal Bhardwaj and Emraan Hashmi for the first time, additionally a musical bonanza.
Releasing on May 1 is the multi-starrer Shootout at Wadala, a co-production with Sanjay Gupta. The industry’s first prequel (to its hugely successful predecessor Shootout At Lokhandwala) stars Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Kangana Ranaut, Tusshar, Manoj Bajpai, Sonu Sood, Ronit Roy, and many other big names, to be announced shortly.
To release on June 7 is Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi, a co-production with Bejoy Nambiar. The quirky Delhi-based comedy launching young talents is directed by noted ad film-maker Aman Sachdeva making his film directorial debut.
On July 5 is Lootera, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane of the critically acclaimed Udaan fame. The epic period love story marks the first-time pairing of Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha. Lootera is a co-production with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl of Phantom Films.
The Milan Luthria-directed Once Upon A Time In Mumbai-2 is the banner’s tent-pole Eid release scheduled for August 8. Starring Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Sonali Bendre, the romantic drama is among the most keenly awaited cinematic features of 2013.
Closing the slate for the year, will be the youth date film, Ragini MMS-2, top-lined by Sunny Leone. Directed by Bhushan Patel, the sequel to the biggest sleeper hit of 2011, Ragini MMS, will be a heady combination of thrill, horror and sensuousness. It releases on October 11.