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Bond’s ‘Spectre’ to form part of Sony Pictures’ rich movie line-up in 2015

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures has unveiled its 2015 movie line-up that also comprises of the 24th Bond film ‘Spectre’.

The first film from the studio, ‘Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene, will be distributed by Sony Pictures India. It will release on 16 January. The con-com film will be produced by Devinder Jain and Akhilesh Jain and directed by Gurmmeet Singh. The film stars Zayed Khan, Rannvijay Singh, Tina Desai and Anupam Kher with music by Meet Bros Anjjan and Dhruv Dhalla.

The movie is about Prithvi Khuranna, a middle class working professional who walks into an ATM booth and discovers that his bank balance jumped from less than Rs 5000 to over Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion). He receives a call from underworld’s most notorious don ‘Dawood’. The movie narrates how the lives of three youngsters go topsy-turvy when they try and track down the origin of this mysterious money.

The second movie to roll out is Hollywood comedy ‘The Wedding Ringer’, which has stars Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in the lead roles.

Sony Pictures India MD Kercy Daruwala said, “In 2014 we released the biggest film of the year with ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and consolidated our leadership position with five out of the top ten Hollywood films in India of all time. Our 2015 line-up promises an even more exciting year ahead, with the distribution of some local films, the scope of a sure-shot blockbuster like ‘Spectre’ plus a very rich variety of other promising titles.”

Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’ with Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman is next; it is about a robot who has the ability to think and feel for himself.

The classic Broadway musical will be reimagined in ‘Annie’ starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis and Cameron Diaz.

The movie studio will also launch the third chapter of the horror franchise ‘Insidious’, which takes the story back to the beginning.

Sony Pictures India director marketing Divya Pathak said, “2014 was a very exciting and challenging year for us in which we took movie marketing where it’s never gone before, to all corners of the country, with franchises like Spider-Man. We are enthusiastic about our diverse and unique 2015 line-up and look forward to reaching new heights in marketing innovation.”

Catering to the family audience will be ‘Pixels’, a unique action comedy directed by Chris Columbus about aliens using classic video game characters to take over the world.

The comedy ‘Grimsby’, co-written by Sacha Baron Cohen, will follow these movies, along with Jonathan Demme-directed ‘Ricki and the Flash’, a story about an ageing rocker played by Meryl Streep.

The last quarter of the year will see Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Walk’ starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley, based on the true story of high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

The year will end with the highly anticipated James Bond film ‘Spectre’ releasing in early November, followed by the Genndy Tartakovsky-directed follow-up to the record-smashing ‘Hotel Transylvania’.