Mumbai: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind films like ‘Queen’, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ and the most recent, ‘Padmaavat’, announced its next untitled thriller in association with Azure Entertainment.
A thriller, the film marks the debut of ace Malayalam director Jeethu Joseph best known for Mohanlal starrer ‘Drishyam’, which was subsequently remade into four Indian languages and is one of the top two grossing Malayalam feature film of all times.
The yet untitled film is being presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and produced by Sunir Kheterpal for Azure Entertainment. It brings Emraan Hashmi and Rishi Kapoor together for the first time.
Announcing his Bollywood debut, Jeethu Joseph commented, “Directing a Hindi feature film has been on the anvil for some time and I have been waiting for the right story. This crime mystery thriller with elements of horror has excited me tremendously and we have got perfect casting for the two protagonists in the film. I am looking forward to start the film at the earliest.”
Says Emraan Hashmi, “I'm really excited about this one. The film will be a riveting, nail biting treat for fans of the genre and with Jeethu at the helm of things, I'm confident the film will be a game changer.”
Sunir Kheterpal, CEO, Azure Entertainment says, “Jeethu Joseph is a superlative directing talent and we are proud to be producing his Hindi feature film debut. Viacom 18 Motion Pictures has a great track record on backing content driven films and we are happy to collaborate with them on this film.”
Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures said, “Ever since we produced ‘Drishyam’, a Hindi remake of Jeethu Joseph’s original masterpiece, we have been looking for a subject to make with Jeethu in Hindi. This amazing crime thriller, developed with Azure, is a story where we are looking forward to creating same kind of magic that audience experienced in ‘Drishyam’.”