NEW DELHI — Indian production house UTV Group is to throw $6 million, whopping by local standards, into Bollywood project “Lakshya,” starring Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan.
Pic is a poignant love story told against the backdrop of the 1999 Kargil conflict between troops at the de facto border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir when 1,000 died.
At the moment the subject is hugely popular in the territory, where it has already been picked up for pics “Border,” “Hero: The Love Story of a Spy” and the upcoming “Line of Control.”
“Lakshya” is being lensed in the beautiful mountainous Buddhist Ladakh region of northern India by one of Bollywood’s best-known directors, Farhan Akhtar, with an international crew.
Like all of UTV’s products, “Lakshya” is also intended for foreign audiences, said UTV Group chief exec Ronnie Screwvala, adding that the Hindi-lingo movie would be subtitled. Movie is expected to preem next May.
The majority of Bollywood pics have budgets of $1 million-$3 million, but a few breakouts, such as “Devdas,” have cost $10 million and above.