EXCLUSIVE: Mumbai-based filmmakers Gauri Shinde and R. Balki, the co-founders of Hope Productions, have hired UK-based distribution director Pranab Kapadia to co-produce two of their upcoming feature films.
Founded in 2011 after the success of Cheeni Kum and Paa, the Shinde and Balki banner, Hope Productions, launched with the hit photo English French, which marked the return of the famous actress Sridevi. The company’s credits since have included award winners and box office hits such as Padman, Ki & Ka, Dear Zindagi, and Mangal mission.
Kapadia has been a film veteran for over 20 years. He started at Zee before heading the UK subsidiary of Adlabs, owned by Reliance, then joining Eros International as President Distribution – International. In 2020, he founded Moviegoers Entertainment, a UK-based company specializing in the overseas distribution and monetization of content across multiple platforms.
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The pact will cover two debut feature films, one of which will be shot in the UK, with more details on upcoming projects. The idea is that the arrangement is continuous.
Pranab Kapadia said of the deal: “I am honored and delighted to collaborate with Gauri Shinde and R Balki, India’s most talented and creative duo. Their unique style of storytelling, creating entertaining content and commercial success from subjects considered taboo is remarkable. Having successfully produced award-winning feature films and commercials, garnering several accolades at prestigious film festivals around the world, their production company Hope Productions is now growing and I am thrilled to be leading this.
“Gauri and I are absolutely delighted to announce that Pranab will be partnering with us in our future endeavors, starting with a thriller directed by me which begins filming in July of this year, followed by three films slated for 2022,” he said. added Balki. “We’ve known Pranab for about 10 years now and have always admired his desire to make films and content that not only break down the barriers of convention but also tell new stories, which is complemented well by his keen business acumen. Pranab has always believed that we should continue to earn the right to tell the stories we want, and that fits our philosophy, by creating this partnership. With his vast business background and inherent love for films, there can be no better person than Pranab to help develop Hope Productions.