PVR Pictures’ unveils Hindi & English releases for 2009

MUMBAI: PVR Pictures has lined up its Hindi film production for release in early 2009 as well as chalked out its distribution slate of Hindi and English movies.

After delivering big hits like Taare Zameen Par in 2007 and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na in 2008, PVR Pictures is ready with its next medium budget film titled Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye.

The movie, which has been made on a budget of Rs 70 million (Rs 7 crores), will release on 6 February. It stars Raima Sen, Randeep Hooda and Arbaaz Khan on 6 February, 2009.

On the production front, apart from Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye PVR Pictures has not yet embarked on any other project. It had teamed up with director Rajkumar Santoshi for two-films but the deal fell through.

Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye is written and directed by Madhureeta Anand who also makes her Bollywood directorial debut with it. The film’s theme revolves around ‘the power of dreams’ and explores the journey of the characters in achieving their dreams. The movie encapsulates the journey of Raima and Arbaaz who play a couple and how they move to a big city to achieve their own personal dreams. The highlight of the film is Randeep, who himself is a ‘dream man’ and how he helps Raima achieve her dreams and thus be happy in life.

As has already been reported by Businessofcinema.com, PVR Pictures will be releasing Studio 18’s movie Shortcut – The Con is On in the Punjab territory. The movie is slated to release on 6 March.

Moreover, in 2009, PVR Pictures will also be releasing a few acclaimed international films, the first being Julianne Moore starrer Blindness on 9 January. Blindness was the opening film at the 61st Cannes Film Festival 2008 and the 27th Vancouver International Film Festival 2008.

Additionally, PVR Pictures will be distributing the Bruce Willis and Robert De Niro starrer What Just Happened in India. It was the closing film at the 61st Cannes Film Festival 2008. However, the release date has not yet been decided.

PVR Pictures CEO Ashish Saksena says, "It is a proud moment for all of us to be associated with such acclaimed movies that have brought Indian cinema on the world map and have given us an opportunity to bring world-class cinema to our Indian audiences as well. This is just the beginning and we hope that our endeavor to bring varied quality cinema for the Indian viewers helps us witness a growing interest in the world cinema space."