Reliance BIG Entertainment and Vashu Bhagnani ink five film deal

Mumbai: BIG Pictures and Vashu Bhagnanai-owned Puja Films, that plan to co-produce five Hindi films over the next two years, have started work on two of them. Puja Films chairman Vashu Bhagnani made the announcement at the sets of Do Knot Disturb, one of the two film projects commenced.

These films will be financed, marketed and distributed worldwide by Reliance. The first project to start principal photography last week in Mumbai is titled Do Knot Disturb and is being directed by David Dhawan.

The film stars Govinda, Riteish Deshmukh, Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta. The film is currently being shot on a huge set in a farmhouse in Delhi and the unit will return to Mumbai for shooting in the first week of July. It has music by Nadeem Sharavan.

The second project, Kal Kissney Dekha, also started principal photography last week in Johannesburg, South Africa. The film continues shooting in South Africa for over 45 days across Johannesburg, Durban and Capetown.

The film marks the debut of Bhagnani’s son Jackky Bhagnani, who has earlier assisted his father in production of several films produced by Puja Films. Kal Kissne Dekha is directed by Vivek Sharma and stars Vaishali Desai, Rishi Kapoor and Archana Puran Singh in pivotal roles. The film has music by Sajid Wajid.

While Kal Kissne Dekha is a young, romantic love story with elements of thrill and action interwoven in the story, Do Knot Disturb is an out and out comedy typical of David Dhawan films. Both projects are being aimed for release during the first half of calendar year 2009.

Commenting on the development, Bhagnani said, "We are extremely happy to partner with Reliance BIG Entertainment. This partnership will bring about a synergy of the creative and production expertise of Puja Films with the vast business knowledge and experience of Reliance."

Reliance BIG Entertainment president Rajesh Sawhney added, "We are delighted at the commencement of two films under this deal, which we believe will be two of the most eagerly awaited films in 2009. We have already started work on the strategic marketing and distribution plan for these films and will endeavor to make these films available to the widest audience possible when these films release next year."