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Bollywood Legend’s Son Trying his Hand at Hollywood Producing!

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Uday Chopra, son of legendary Bollywood director Yash Chopra, has begun producing a string of Hollywood movies with big-name talent involved. Uday has opened a branch of his father’s Yash Raj Films right here in Los Angeles and has wasted no time in lining up heavy-hitter Hollywood actors for his films.

Beginning with Nicole Kidman (with whom Uday appeared beside at this year’s Cannes Film Festival) starring in the Grace Kelly biopic “Grace of Monaco”, continuing with the upcoming Jason Bateman romantic comedy “The Longest Week”, and perhaps culminating in the project “The Seducing of Ingrid Bergman” Uday has an ambitious slate lined up for release. Perhaps the Hollywood ingenue has a thing for classic Hollywood blondes as the Ingrid Bergman script coupled with the Grace Kelly biopic point out an interesting affinity for icy blondes, but he’s set out to make his mark in a town where shattered dreams are almost as plentiful as stars on the Walk of Fame.

Uday pointed out that “People in the West think ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is a Bollywood film and they have that one image of India — dirty and crazy…” but he notes that he’s here to make Hollywood films on a Bollywood budget while changing America’s perception of India. After overcoming the notion that he was just another rich Indian tycoon who had come along to “throw money at them and they can go ahead and make their movie” or “they think you are this Indian guy coming to Hollywood to throw big parties, make some statements and then never return”, Uday has accomplished something many Hollywood hopefuls never do by actually making movies.

It seems that while his brother Aditya Chopra has followed in his father’s footsteps by directing in Bollywood, Uday has decided to stay out of the director’s chair and focus on feature film development stateside. Uday summed up his aim as this; “I wanted to do something challenging and be a part of filmmaking because that is all I know“.

In a town that seems pretty white-washed both on the big screen and in the board room at times, we hope that Uday finds a niche and continues bringing the worlds of Hollywood and Bollywood closer together.

 

Virgin Produced Joints Venture for ‘Virgin Produced India’

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Virgin Produced has teamed up with Capital Venture Fund and Tantrik Group to launch Virgin Produced India, which will create content for the growing Hindi speaking audience in the country. Virgin Produced India will do this by distributing and providing the Hindi speaking population with Hollywood remakes with Hindi content along with Bollywood films.

Based out of Mumbai, Virgin Produced India and Tantrik Group founder Jasbinger Mann, will play the managing role for Virgin Produced India. The CEO and founder of Virgin Produced is excited about their new global venture and had this to say, “We know how to reach a younger demographic,” said Jason Felts, founder & CEO of Virgin Produced. “And we are going to take our unique and successful business model and expand it in Bollywood and throughout India.”

Virgin Produced is responsible for films like Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro and Machine Gun Preacher with Gerard Butler, to name a couple. Virgins Produced India’s goal is to cater to the growing demands of today’s younger generation in India who love Hollywood movies but do not speak English.

It’s partner, Tantrik Group, is a LA based media and entertainment management firm. Cinema Capital Venture Fund being the largest movie funding source in India, is confident Virgin Produced India will be a success.“With our experience and extensive network in Indian entertainment and media businesses, and Virgin’s knowledge of creative content, we can make Virgin Produced India a huge success,” said Cinema Capital India’s managing director Samir Gupta.

Go Virgin!