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Viacom18 Motion Pictures unveils 2015 slate

MUMBAI:  Viacom18 Motion Pictures (VMP) will co-produce seven Hindi movies in 2015, two of which will be in the big-budget range.

VMP’s slate this year includes collaboration with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Akshay Kumar for the action drama ‘Main Gabbar’, which is scheduled to hit the theatres on 1 May.

The next big-ticket movie stars Ajay Devgan in Nishikant Kamath-directed Hindi remake of the Southern film ‘Drishaym’. The lead role in the original versions has been essayed by the likes of Mohanlal, Venktesh and Kamal Hassan. The film is going on floors in March and will be releasing in September/October this year.

On the Hollywood front, the studio will be hosting two franchises featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Terminator: Genisys’ and Tom Cruise in ‘Mission Impossible 5’.

Viacom18 Motion Pictures COO Ajit Andhare said, “VMP’s choices of films are centred on content that the new India wants to watch. As a studio, we are constantly looking to define and shape a new mainstream that does not see box-office success and acclaim two different goalposts but one seamless outcome. Our films in 2014 demonstrated this [‘Queen’ & ‘Mary Kom’] and our slate for 2015 further builds on that approach.”

The movie studio will also bring ‘Margarita with a Straw’, which has already been on the international circuit with multiple awards.

Besides, it will launch ‘Dharam In Sankat’, a satirical drama with Paresh Rawal, Anu Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah.

‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’ will feature the battle of the sexes. Catering to the youth as well as family audiences, the studio’s next offering will be Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Shimla Mirchi’, which marks his directorial comeback after 15 years.

Lastly, the studio will also bring out the story of the Mountain Man ‘Manjhi’, starring Nawazuddin Siddique and directed by Ketan Mehta.