Orion Pictures to roll six films in 12 months

    MUMBAI: Orion Pictures’ Mukesh Talreja and Nikhil Advani will produce six films in the next 12 months. Two films are already under production. These include Chandni Chowk to China, presented by Warner Brothers, and Orion’s animation project Ab Dilli Door Nahi.

    Chandni Chowk to China stars Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone.

    Orion Pictures has now commissioned four more projects that are slated to go on the floors in the next few months. The third film from the Orion bouquet to hit the floors in April/May 2008 would be Milap Milan Zaveri’s Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai! This film would mark Zaveri’s debut as a director after a number of films as a writer, such as Heyy Babyy, Masti, Jhankaar Beats and Kaante.
    Zaveri says, “There are lot of love stories between rich and poor, caste and creed but nothing that is out of the world. So I came up with a twist to the popular concept of Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus. I kept the man from Earth and the Woman from Venus.”
    Ritesh Deshmukh plays the guy from planet Earth while Ayesha Takia is the girl from Venus. Weaved around the concept of an alien searching for love from an Earthling, the story is written with humor and emotions that the younger generation can connect with. The film also stars a new comer, Ruslaan Mumtaz.
    Talreja says, “At Orion we are looking at working with a host of fresh talent including new directors. There is a huge untapped talent in the country. And we believe that a successful writer like Milap will prove to be a very talented film maker with a bright future.”
    The other three films form an interesting package that will be made public soon and shall go on floors in the next few months. This includes films to be directed by Nikhil Advani, Vikramiditya Motwane and Shivam Nair.
    Advani emphasizes, “Entertainment is what we intend to focus at Orion. We intend to make quality films with new talent as well as the existing talent. Our emphasis will be on making films of all genres which will satiate the palette of all kinds of audiences.”