×

Cannes: Priyanka Chopra’s Purple Pebble Reveals Indian Regional Film Slate

Priyanka Chopra, Indian superstar and star of “Quantico,” has unveiled the debut Cannes slate of her Purple Pebble Pictures shingle.

The company, operated by Priyanka’s mother, Dr. Madhu Chopra, is pitching a trio of Indian regional films that could attract international finance, or eventually find their way to overseas festival berths.

The slate is headed by “Little Joe,” a dual language Hindi-Konkani film, about a kid who expresses himself through drawings and cartoons, and searches for a place where he is not treated like a freak. Also on the lineup is “Nalini,” a fact-based drama about the first romance of Rabindranath Tagore, musician, revolutionary, poet and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The picture will be shot in Bengali, Marathi and English. Another title is “Little Visitors” (aka “Pahuna”,) to be shot in Sikkimese.

Priyanka Chopra has long been interested in film production and previously attended project markets including HAF in Hong Kong. She launched Purple Pebble 2½ years ago at a time when she was consciously switching her acting and singing careers toward the west.

The company name is a reference to both royalty and to Priyanka Chopra, as seen by her mother. “She’s my rolling stone,” Madhu Chopra told Variety.

“(Priyanka) didn’t just want to go and abandon things. She developed a production strategy about regional cinema, how to expose them, and how to use her brand value. “She is deeply interested in Indian regional cinema, films that will be made by cast and crew in the regions, and not exploited by the Hindi industry [often known as Bollywood]. What we are making is not art, but it is niche.

“[Priyanka] put up her own money for the first three films, which everybody told her not to. But after we picked up some awards and got validation, more co-financiers emerged. The second year has definitely been easier,” said Chopra. The company has made six films to date, including “Ventilator,” which won three National Awards.

Until now, international sales have been handled by the overseas arms of major Indian studios, including Zee and Sony. “As we move into international co-productions, we’ll be operating the same philosophy, just a different regional skew,” Chopra said.

Priyanka Chopra will next be seen in Paramount’s “Baywatch.”

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Demi Lovato

    Demi Lovato Joins Netflix Comedy 'Eurovision'

    Demi Lovato has joined the upcoming Netflix comedy film “Eurovision.” Will Ferrell, who co-wrote the film with Andrew Steele, announced the news Tuesday with an Instagram post, in which he wished Lovato a happy birthday with a “homemade” cake. Following the announcement, Lovato can be seen blowing out candles on the cake next to a “Eurovision” [...]

  • Rob Schneider'The Week Of' film premiere,

    Film News Roundup: Rob Schneider Wins SAG-AFTRA National Board Seat

    In today’s film news roundup, Rob Schneider wins a SAG-AFTRA board seat; “Badland,” “Sorry We Missed You” and “Extracurricular” find homes; and “The Shawshank Redemption” gets a re-release.  SAG-AFTRA Rob Schneider has won a SAG-AFTRA national board seat as a member of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate. Schneider won a four-year term [...]

  • This photo shows actor David Oyelowo

    David Oyelowo Joins George Clooney in 'Good Morning, Midnight' Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

    David Oyelowo is in final negotiations to join George Clooney in Netflix’s untitled adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s 2016 novel “Good Morning, Midnight,” sources tell Variety. Felicity Jones and Kyle Chandler are also on board, with Clooney set to helm the pic — his first feature film directing gig since 2017’s “Suburbicon.” “The Revenant” screenwriter Mark [...]

  • Disney Delays 'Cruella,' 'Woman in the

    Disney Delays 'Cruella,' 'Woman in the Window'

    Disney is shaking up its release calendar, delaying its live action “Cruella” until Memorial Day 2021 and pushing Fox 2000 drama “The Woman in the Window” to 2020. “Cruella,” starring Emma Stone, is based on the classic “101 Dalmatians” villain Cruella de Vil. The revisit to Disney’s animated classic was originally set to hit theaters [...]

  • Spider-Man Could Leave the Marvel Cinematic

    Spider-Man Could Leave MCU if Disney, Sony Can't Reach Financing Deal

    Disney’s Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have hit an impasse on new financing terms for upcoming Spider-Man movies, sources have told Variety. If a deal cannot be reached, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will not produce future Spider-Man films, effectively removing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reps for Disney, Marvel and Sony [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content