Warner Bros. signs three-movie deal

Mumbai, Dec 8 (IANS) Having entered the Hindi film industry with the movie "Chandni Chowk to China", media and entertainment giant Warner Bros. Pictures India is increasing its presence in the country through a three-movie deal with People Tree Films, headed by producer Mukesh Talreja and director Nikhil Advani.

Blaise Fernandes, Warner Bros. country head, Monday said in a press statement that the deal would cover co-production and distribution of the three movies - "Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai", "Chandbhai" and "Basra".

Warner Bros. co-produced the action comedy "Chandni Chowk to China" with Talreja, Ramesh Sippy and Rohan Sippy.

Starring Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone, the film, directed by Advani, is due for release Jan 16. The movie is believed to have been produced on a budget of around $12 million.

Of the next three films, Advani will direct "Chandbhai", which again stars Akshay along with Vidya Balan. "Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai", which is already on the floors, is being directed by Milap Zhaveri and has Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fenandes and Ruslaan Mumtaz in the lead roles.

Navdeep Singh will direct "Basra", which will once again feature Akshay.

Of these three movies, "Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai", a romantic comedy, is slated for summer release next year. It will be followed by emotional drama "Chandbhai" and "Basra", a political thriller.

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