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Atul Kasbekar in talks to get COVID insurance for his slate of films

While actors are bravely stepping out to shoot with a limited crew, it cannot be denied that film shoots can no longer be what they were in the pre-COVID world. In a first, Bollywood producers Atul Kasbekar and Tanujj Garg of Ellipsis Entertainment are in talks with a legal expert to get COVID insurance for not just their future projects hit for the industry at large. Amongst the first of their line-up to be covered is Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin starrer ‘Loop Lapeta’, which is the Indian adaptation of the German cult film ‘Run Lola Run’.

In a chat, Atul said, “We are still in talks with a legal expert – Anand Desai of DSK LEGAL. What COVID insurance will essentially entail is the same as what an accident insurance covers. Insuring a film so far entailed guarding the film against unforeseen incidents like illness of an actor or occurrence of natural calamities leading to delays in the film schedule. Because COVID is relatively new, we are still working upon the details but essentially works in a similar fashion. For instance, a crew member tests positive, the entire movie crew might have to be possibly quarantined. In that case, the producers will be covered from the money they are spending on days lost.”

Kasbekar also says that the insurance will protect their crew members just as much. In case any of the key members of the crew test positive, they won’t be replaced unduly. “There are a lot of permutations and combinations to be worked upon. But one of the key things to keep in mind is that a fair number of people will potentially be exposed to a film set and filmmakers trust a certain set of people on the job. So, in case, the DOP of a film were to test positive mid-film, it is likely to stall the shoot of the movie till he recovers or till a suitable replacement is found in double quick time to retain the visual language of the motion picture. So there are these points being discussed. Tanujj and I are working on a draft of the insurance and hoping that it materializes soon.”

Loop Lapeta was to be shot through April and May in Mumbai and Goa. The film that will 70% be shot outdoors has had to rework its dates completely in the face of the lockdown, owing to the pandemic. Atul admits that the shooting schedule of the film stands tentative at the moment. “Given the fact that it’s largely an outdoorsy film, we cannot risk a shoot in the rains. Though Goa has opened up for tourists, the risk of shooting with a large unit is far too many. We can logically resume shooting the film post-monsoon. So if all goes well, sometime post-Diwali is what we are eyeing.”

Emraan Hashmi and Guru Randhawa shoots a CHEAT song

The producers of the forthcoming Emraan Hashmi-starrer ‘Cheat India’ shot a promotional music video, featuring Hashmi and the current sensation Guru Randhawa. This was a coup of sorts as their first-time pairing is bound to enjoy phenomenal mass outreach when the song comes out.

Titled ‘Kudi Daaru Wargia’, the track, composed and rendered by Guru, was picturized on an elaborate set in Mumbai. This marks the first time that an A-list Bollywood star has featured in a video with Guru, who has continuously belted out chartbusters like ‘Ban Ja Rani’, ‘Lahore’, ‘High Rated Gabru’, ‘Suit Suit’ and ‘Kaun Nachdi’ in recent times.

The video has been directed by Nitin Parmar of Equinox Films, the renowned production company helmed by ace ad-man and ‘Neerja’ director Ram Madhvani. It has been choreographed by Vijay Ganguly (‘Jagga Jasoos’, ‘Tumhari Sulu’, ‘Stree’, ‘Badhaai Ho’, etc.) and also features the debuting heroine Shreya Dhanwanthary along with a multitude of students, given the film’s story about the education system.

Said the producers, “We knew that pairing Emraan and Guru would be huge. It was Bhushan’s (Kumar) idea to go with this song as it has chartbuster potential. Keen to give the video a young and stylish vibe for the millennials, Ellipsis roped in Equinox to ideate and shoot. We are confident that the track will be the party anthem of every youngster in the new year.”

Produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series, Tanuj Garg and Atul Kasbekar’s Ellipsis Entertainment and Emraan Hashmi Films, ‘Cheat India’ releases worldwide on January 25, 2019.

CHEAT INDIA first poster released

T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar,Emraan Hashmi Films & Ellipsis Entertainment’s drama, “CHEAT INDIA” first poster unveiled today. The film will release worldwide on January 25,2019.

The film stars Emraan Hashmi,directed by Soumik Sen, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Parveen Hashmi, Tanuj Garg, Atul Kasbekar.

Emraan Hashmi and Shreya Dhanwanthary shooting for ‘Cheat India’

Emraan Hashmi and Shreya Dhanwanthary captured on Sunday, shooting for T-Series, Ellipsis Entertainment and Emraan Hashmi Films’ drama, “Cheat India” at a South Mumbai club. The film releases worldwide on January 25, 2019.

 

T-Series wins top honours at 63rd Filmfare Awards

The 63rd Filmfare Awards proved to be a night of high glitz, glamour and achievement. T-Series films Tumhari Sulu and Hindi Medium achieved the remarkable feat of taking home three top film awards.

Hindi Medium, bagged the Filmfare Award for Best Film. A quirky social comment on the education system, Hindi Medium was jointly produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar and Maddock Films’ Dinesh Vijan.

T-Series had more reason to feel elated when Vidya Balan won the Best Actor (Female) Award for Tumhari Sulu, jointly produced by T-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment. Jagga Jasoos, which won Best Music Album was also released under the T-Series music label.

T-Series chairman and managing director Bhushan Kumar says, “We are overwhelmed with the recognition Hindi Medium received at the Filmfare Awards last night. We are also delighted at Vidya Balan’s win for Tumhari Sulu and Irrfan Khan’s for Hindi Medium. Working with committed actors is a huge blessing.”

Our joint producers Tanuj Garg, Atul Arun Kasbekar and Dinesh Vijan deserve equal credit for bringing these remarkable and thought provoking stories to the audience. We hope to continue to produce engaging content like Hindi Medium and Tumhari Sulu in days to come.”

T-Series, Ellipsis Entertainment & Emraan Hashmi Films unite for CHEAT INDIA

T-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment are repeating their partnership following the box office success of the acclaimed Vidya Balan-starer Tumhari Sulu.
The two front-running content companies have partnered with Emraan Hashmi Films on their next production, Cheat India.

The edge-of-the-seat drama, largely inspired by real incidents, will be directed by Soumik Sen.

Emraan Hashmi will headline the film, which takes a startling look at the crimes in the Indian education system that has created a parallel eco-system infested with greed harvesters.

Says Hashmi, “The script and title of Cheat India are supremely powerful. This is among the most engaging and riveting stories I’ve read in a while and I am thrilled to be essaying what I believe will be a landmark role in my film-ography. I am also looking forward to working with some formidable partners – Soumik, an amazing storyteller, Ellipsis, the new kids with a pulse on clutter-breaking content and marketing, and T-Series, with whom I share an old association on music and films.”

Says Sen, “This film is for every Indian student who is under pressure to excel in a competitive environment. Today’s youth will hugely relate to Cheat India.”

Says Bhushan Kumar of T-Series, “We are increasingly treading the path of strong creative partnerships, and in line with that, we are excited about co-creating Cheat India, which, we believe, will reflect the new-age appetite for compelling content rooted in realism.”

Remark Tanuj Garg and Atul Kasbekar of Ellipsis Entertainment, “The projects we are developing are incredibly diverse, varied in scope, and speak to the elevated tastes of audiences today. The story of Cheat India will entertain and uplift, and we’re delighted to be bringing it to life.”

Cheat India is slated for a February 2019 release.