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Mahesh Bhatt eyes tie-up with Pak producers for two movies May 24, 2008

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Following the popularity of Indian movies in Pakistan, Mahesh Bhatt’s production company, Vishesh Films is planning to co-produce two movies with the renowned Pakistani producer Sohail Khan, one each in Hindi and Punjabi. “Our next co-production, with a budget of around Rs 7.5 crore, will be a tie-up between Vishesh Films, Percept Pictures Company and Sohail Khan’s production house in which 60% of the talent (actors, lyricists, singers, etc) used will be based out of Pakistan and majority of shooting will happen in the Pakistani locales. Currently, we are working on the script. We will flag off shooting in a month or two from now,” Mahesh Bhatt told FE.

The second movie planned will be in Punjabi and a tie-up between Vishesh Films and Sohail Khan. “We are looking for strategic partners in India who can market and distribute the movies, somewhat on the lines of our tie-up with Percept which has done a great job for our latest movie `Jannat’, that has performed very well in box office despite the rage of IPL matches,” Bhatt said.

According to him Pakistani exhibition business has received a new lease of life following the box-office success of Indian movies. The presence of Indian movies has overwhelmed the exhibition business to an extent that it has started affecting Pakistani movies business. “A section of the affected parties in Pakistan are working against the smooth take-off and functioning of such joint initiatives such as ours. However, I believe that India should work with them to create win-win opportunities and Bollywoods’ approach should not be imperialistic,” he said.

On whether Vishesh Films will enter the regional film market, Bhatt said he would consider venturing into the Marathi and Punjabi movie industry. “Being a resident of Mumbai for so many years, I owe it to the Marathi film industry which I think has been neglected for long. Also in Punjab, that has the inherent cultural compatibility between Pakistan side and Indian side.”

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