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Paramount to Release India’s ‘Padmavati’ in December

Paramount Pictures is set to handle the worldwide release outside India of “Padmavati,” an Indian epic from sister company Viacom18. The picture will get a worldwide day and date release on Dec. 1.

The film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and features  Deepika Padukone, one of India’s top female stars and co-star in “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” Previously made by Bhansali as an opera that was performed in Italy, the film is a story of a courageous and intelligent queen, her warrior king husband and an obsessive invader. Shahid Kapoor stars as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.

“This is a first-ever such collaboration with Paramount Pictures releasing a Viacom18 Hindi feature across international markets. We are breaking new ground with ‘Padmavati,’ its marketing and release strategy. With Paramount coming on board, we will take the film to a whole new level globally,” said Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures.

Viacom 18 is a joint venture that spans releasing and production in India, both in Hindi and regional languages. It is also the unit that handles releases in India of Paramount’s English-language studio output, with titles including “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Mission — Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”

Indian films distributed have included “Drishyam,” drama “Margarita With a Straw,” “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” and “Kahaani.”  Productions and production investments have included “Gangs of Wasseypur I and II,” “OMG — Oh My God!” and “Shaitan.”

 

 

 

 

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