'Jolly LLB' starring Arshad Warsi

HONG KONG – Fox Star Studios is to expand its local-language film-making activities in India with the Hindi-language comedy drama “Guddu Rangeela.”

The picture represents a reteaming of director Subhash Kapoor and star Arshad Warsi of “Jolly LLB” (pictured), a hit courtroom comedy for FSS last year. Production is by Sangeeta Ahir of Mangal Films.

Lensing in Shimla, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and other locations in North India gets underway in March 2014. A theatrical release is targeted at the first quarter of 2015. An ensemble cast also includes actors Amit Sadh and Aditi Rao Hydari.

Fox Star Studios is the five-year-old joint venture between 21st Century Fox’s Indian pay-TV market leader Star Television and Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox. It expects to be India’s largest distributor this year with 28 movies (9 Hindi, 4 Tamil, and 15 Hollywood pictures, from Fox and DreamWorks Animation).

“’Jolly LLB,’ with Arshad and Subhash, was our first independent production and its critical and commercial success has reinforced the fact that our vision to create high concept yet entertaining cinema has found resonance with the audiences worldwide,” said Vijay Singh, CEO Fox Star Studios, in a prepared statement.

FSS’s Indian slate includes a 3 picture deal with Vishesh Films, alliances with Pooja Entertainment and Films Ltd, Phantom Films , Illuminati Films and a deal with Endemol India to deliver “Traffic.” Other highlights include “Omen Remake,” directed by Vishal Mahadkar set for a Sept. 14 release, and Anurag Kashyap’s “Bombay Velvet” set for a Christmas Day 2014 outing.

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