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Viacom18 Motion Pictures taps Zee executive Nikhil Sane to lead its expansion in Marathi cinema
MUMBAI: Reinforcing its focus on regional entertainment, Viacom18’s filmed entertainment division Viacom18 Motion Pictures has appointed Nikhil Sane as business head to lead its enhanced focus in Marathi cinema.
Nikhil will report to Viacom18 Motion Pictures COO Ajit Andhare.
Welcoming Nikhil to Viacom18, Andhare said, “Viacom18 Motion Pictures is the only studio that operates in all the three Hindi, Hollywood & Regional segments. Our success in Hindi & Hollywood is well established. Our endeavour is to make a similar impact in regional cinema. As a first step we are going after Marathi cinema which has tremendous potential and clear synergy with our broadcast business. Nikhil with his keen understanding of this market will be an asset to spearhead our move.”
Nikhil had previously been managing the Marathi film division of Zee Studios. His producer credits have some of the Marathi industry’s most commercially successful films including the biggest box office grosser in Marathi cinema ever, ‘Sairat’. The other prominent films include
Natsamrat, Lai Bhaari, Time Pass, Katyar Kaljat Ghusli & Duniyadari and critically acclaimed award winning films such as Natarang, Fandry, Killa & Elizabeth Ekadashi.
During his career spanning 18 years, Nikhil has immensely contributed to the remarkable growth of the Marathi entertainment genre by bringing about innovative content that has carved a niche for Marathi TV and cinema in the regional space.
Speaking about this new position, Nikhil said, “Marathi film industry is going through an amazing phase of resurgence and evolution. I have had the privilege of working with some of the best talent from the industry. With Viacom18 Motion Pictures, I intend to combine the strength of the organisation’s experience in the Hindi & English film industries with the remarkable strength of the Marathi film industry in story telling and experimentation. I look forward to chanelising my best efforts and strengths into creating the next big leap in Marathi cinema.”
Viacom18 Motion Pictures has steered focus on regional markets such as Marathi. Conducive factors such as zero entertainment tax, exhibition window mandated by the government, the presence of large general entertainment channels and movie channels, controlled cost of production and an audience base that is keen to consume regional cinema, makes Marathi cinema an excellent growth potential area.