Viacom18 Studios to scale up movie content offering with 17 titles across eight languages

MUMBAI: Content producer Viacom18 Studios will be scaling up its movie production business in a big way. The company has unveiled an ambitious slate of 17 films across languages that are scheduled to release by 2020.

The 17 movie title will be across eight languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi.

The content producer’s Hindi slate comprises of a diverse mix of films ranging from black comedy like Andhadhun, Baazaar – a first-of-its-kind film based on money & stock markets, a biopic of the larger-than-life Sri Balasaheb Thackeray, Body – a riveting & intriguing thriller, Jalebi – a musical romantic drama, RAW (Romeo. Akbar. Walter) – a big scale espionage thriller and Motichoor Chaknachoor – a heartwarming comedy.

The studio has partnered with Tamil star Karthi besides teaming up with the Superstar Suriya for a range of Tamil films. In Telugu, Viacom18 Studios has partnered with Vyjayanthi Movies of Shri Ashwini Dutt Garu for Devadas.

In Marathi, the slate will comprise stories of luminaries of Marathi society like Pula Deshpande, Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar and many more.

The Hollywood slate features the successful franchises like Mission: Impossible, the Transformer spin-off – Bumblebee AND the much-awaited Top Gun: Maverick.

Commenting on the expansive line-up, Viacom18 Studios COO Ajit Andhare said, “As Viacom 18 Studios expands across languages & regions, we will leverage stories and talent that offer deep connect with movie goers in their local market.”

Complete movie slate:

Bollywood

AndhaDhun – A mind-bending genre-breaker starring Tabu, Ayushmann Khurana, Radhika Apte and directed by Sriram Raghavan; Release Date: October 5, 2018

Baazaar – The film that’s based on the world of stock markets, money, power, politics in the world of business, Starring Saif Ali Khan, Rohan Mehra, Chitrangada Singh and Radhika Apte, directed by Gauravv K Chawla; Release Date: October 26, 2018

RAW – An espionage thriller, starring John Abraham, Jackie Shroff, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Mouni Roy and Sikander Kher; Release Date: March 15, 2019

Body – A thriller with supernatural elements, starring Emraan Hashmi, Sobhita Dhulipala & Vedhika. Directed by Jeethu Joseph.

Thackeray – A biopic based on the life of Shiv Sena supremo, Balasaheb Thackeray, Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui; Directed by – Abhijit Phanse; Release Date: January 23, 2019

Motichoor Chaknachoor – A wedding comedy, Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Athiya Shetty; Directed by – Debamitra Hassan.

Hollywood

Bumblebee – Based on one of the most loved and revered characters from the Transformers’ franchise; Bumblebee gives you a sneak peek into the story of the friendly Autobot. Starring Hailey Steinfeld & John Cena. Directed by Travis Knight. Releasing this December.

Gemini Man – Starring the master performer, Will Smith. Directed by Ang Lee. Release in 2019

Top Gun: Maverick – Tom Cruise return as iconic ‘Maverick’ in this much-anticipated sequel to the superhit Top Gun. Slated to release in 2020.

Marathi Cinema

Aani… Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar – Subodh Bhave stars in this biopic based on the first superstar of Marathi cinema, directed by Abhijeet Shirish Deshpande, releasing on November 7, 2018.

Bhai – Mahesh Manjrekar directs this epic life journey of Marathi Literature’s stalwart P.L. Deshpande, starring Sagar Deshmukh.

Khatla Bitla – A satirical romantic-comedy directed by National Award winner Paresh Mokashi and starring Jyoti Wayadande & Abhijeet Pawar.

Gujarati Cinema

Dhh – Winner of a National Award, ‘Dhh’ is a unique tale of three school friends and their innocent quest towards finding magic and conquering exams. Was welcomed by the audience at release on September 28, 2018.

Tamil Cinema

Untitled – The Karthi starrer, is an edge of the seat suspense thriller, that promises to leave audience captivated. Directed by the brilliant Jeethu Joseph

Viacom18 Studios is also joining hands with South Superstar Suriya’s production house 2D for a slate of upcoming films.

Telugu Cinema

Devadas – Directed by Sriram Adittya T, Devadas is the story of an unlikely friendship between a mafia and a doctor. The film starring Nagarjuna and Nani in lead roles, received an overwhelming response with full-houses across cinemas since its release on September 27, 2018.

Malayalam Cinema

Wikpedia (Working Title) – Starring Superstar Dileep in this offbeat comedy-drama directed by the brilliant B Unnikrishnan.

Bengali Cinema

Dhumketu – Kaushik Ganguly’s Dhumketu, the saga of a married man torn between his family life and his mission, starring Dev and Subhashree Ganguly

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