Rae and her partners at the production banner ColorCreative, Deniese Davis and Sara Rastogi, are developing Badmash, a Bollywood-meets-mafia story. Shivani Rawat of ShivHans Pictures, which is financing development, is also producing the project.
A pitch hailing from Sneha Koorse, a writer who has worked on Netflix's Umbrella Academy and Daredevil, Badmash is a darkly comedic noir inspired by one of India's worst-kept secrets: Big-city gangsters used Bollywood films as a front to launder drug money.
Producers say Badmash will adopt the taut dialogue, tangled character webs and complex romance of the crime genre set against the backdrop of 1980s Mumbai at the of the underworld's power in the film industry.
The goal is to make an English-language film with an South Asian ensemble cast, blending genre and culture to create a truly internationally feeling feature.
"We started ColorCreative to give a platform to stories that the traditional studio system tends to overlook, stories like Badmash,” Rae said Wednesday in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Stated Rawat: " Badmash is a unique and engaging story set during a fascinating chapter in Bollywood history.”
Rae co-created HBO's Insecure, on which she acted as writer, executive producer and actress. She next stars in The Lovebirds, a comedy that also stars Kumail Nanjiani, which Paramount is set to release next year. Rae is also producing a reimagining of 1990s crime thriller Set It Off for New Line, in which she will also star.
Rae is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Hansen Jacobson. Koorse is repped by Circle of Confusion and Myman Greenspan.
The quarantining of 1.3 billion people has led to a spike in VOD consumption, but the hugely popular and lucrative IPL cricket tournament and the launch of Disney+ in the country have both been postponed.
India, the second most populous nation on earth with 1.3 billion people, is in lockdown in its continued efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.
"For 21 days forget what going out means," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a televised address on Tuesday night as he ordered the "total lockdown," an unprecedented move for the world's largest democracy. As of Thursday, India had 649 coronavirus cases which include 13 deaths. India reported its first case in late January leading authorities to implement measures such as screening passengers at airports and opening quarantine facilities. By March, the country's estimated cinema strength of about 9,000 were ordered shut till the end of the month as were other public places such as shopping malls.
"Clearly, the numbersthat we have in India are much lesser than in other countries indicating that the government is moving early in the lifecycle of the virus," PVR Pictures CEO Kamal Gianchandani tells The Hollywood Reporter adding, "As an industry and company we support it." PVR Pictures is the distribution arm of India's biggest cinema chain PVR Cinemas which runs 845 screens nationwide. Beyond cinemas, coronavirus also hit other sectors of the industry, leading Disney to postpone the India launch of Disney+ which was set to become available on Mar. 29 to coincide with the start of the wildly popular and lucrative Indian Premier League IPL cricket tournament. But earlier this month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which administers the IPL, pushed the tournament's opening match to Apr. 15. Disney is yet to announce a new date for the Disney+ launch. Over the years, IPL has yielded a viewership bonanza for Disney-owned Star India which airs the tournament on its television network and streams it on its homegrown OTT platform Hotstar. Last year's IPL final was watched by 18.6 million viewers on Hotstar, setting a record.
Considering that major international sporting events such as the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to next year, it remains to be seen how IPL is affected. Meanwhile, cinemas are the first immediate casualty as India's bustling cities and towns are now devoid of traffic and crowds in the wake of the national lockdown. Gianchandani points out that when cinemas were told to shut down "we had factored in that it would be much longergiven what was happening in Italy, China, the U.S. and other countries."
Expectedly, release schedules have been disrupted, immediately affecting star-studded Bollywood title Sooryavanshi, featuring top actors Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar and Ranveer Singh, which was originally scheduled to open Mar. 24. Similarly, the much...
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