“Gulab”, a film by Sanjoy Nag, now playing in the Viewing Room section of NFDC’s Film Bazaar market in Goa, is the first product of a series of upcoming feature film productions from Endemol Shine India.
The company is best known as a global giant of the TV production and distribution sector, but it is also nearing completion of several film productions from South Asian directors. These include a slice of social drama about aging and relevance directed by Gajendra Ahire; a social comedy by Nicholas Kharkongor; a romantic comedy by Seema Desai; and a paranormal drama by Samrat Chakraborty.
With the exception of “Gulab”, the company declined to disclose titles, synopses or casting details. “All films are targeting a digital release in 2023,” Rishi Negi, CEO, Endemol Shine India, told Variety. Some festival plays or limited theatrical releases are possible.
Gulab, a co-production of 10 Years Younger, is an adaptation of a book by Annie Zaidi. Written and directed by Sanjoy Nag (“Memories of March”), the paranormal movie stars Tanya Maniktala (“A Suitable Boy”), Vardhan Puri, Paoli Dam, Ujjwal Chopra and Rahul Bagga.
Nag said he hopes “Gulab” will gain interest from international film festivals. “It’s a twisted and mischievous story set in a graveyard with three men searching for the graves of their respective loved ones,” Nag said. The film explores themes of gender politics and female ownership. Maniktala plays three versions of Gulab. “There are festivals focused on paranormal and horror genres and we hope our film travels there,” Nag said. Variety.
“We are proud to present our film slate at the NFDC Bazaar in Goa, starting with ‘Gulab,'” said Negi. “Gulab has benefited from Sanjoy’s exceptional vision. His adaptation is a captivating and unusual paranormal drama. This film is the first of many of Endemol Shine India’s upcoming films.”