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Melissa Leo, Kal Penn, Sam Keeley Starring in Fantasy-Thriller ‘The Ashram’

Melissa Leo, Sam Keeley, Kal Penn and Radhika Apte are starring in “The Ashram,” an English-language fantasy-thriller set in the mystical world of yogis in the Himalayas.

Guneet Monga’s Mumbai-based Sikhya Entertainment announced Thursday that production has started in India.

The story centers on an American skeptic who receives a cryptic message and travels to the Indian Himalayas to find his disappeared girlfriend. He discovers a secretive community led by a guru with strange powers who may or may not be involved in her disappearance, and learns that the mountain could contain the secrets of reincarnation and a portal to another dimension.

Monga, whose producing credits include “The Lunchbox” and “Gangs of Wasseypur,” is producing, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones is executive producing, and Mali Elfman is co-producing.

“The Ashram” is directed by former IM Global executive Ben Rekhi, who also helmed “Waterborne.” He’s directing off a script written by Rekhi and Binky Mendez.

The film is scheduled to shoot until May 18 in Manali, India.

“After the enthusiastic response globally to ‘The Lunchbox,’ we are excited to continue bringing together some of the best and brightest talent from both sides of the world to India for ‘The Ashram,’ a unique cinematic experience that will surprise and dazzle audiences,” said Monga.

Rekhi said, “India is known to the West for its mysticism and spirituality, but the country’s rich and ancient philosophies have yet to be fully explored in cinema. With ‘The Ashram,’ we aim to take audiences to a far corner of the planet where magic is still possible, where the ancient collides with the modern and the unexplainable happens every day.”

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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