×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sony Picks Up World Rights to Akshay Kumar’s ‘PadMan,’ Expands Local Production in India

Sony Pictures International Productions has boarded “PadMan,” the upcoming biographical film produced by and starring Indian superstar Akshay Kumar. The Hollywood studio is set as co-producer and will take global rights, including India. It will release the film from Jan. 26 next year, India’s Republic Day.

“Having scaled up the distribution of local content films in India, and leveraging the strength of Sony Pictures overseas, it is natural for us to get into the production and acquisition of local content,”Vivek Krishnani, MD, Sony Pictures Entertainment, India, told Variety. “’PadMan’ leads our 2018 India film slate.”

“PadMan” is inspired by the life of Indian entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and brought cost-effective female hygiene to India’s rural poor. It is directed by R Balki (“Cheeni Kum”) and features actors Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte. There is also a guest appearance from another Indian superstar, Amitabh Bachchan (“Don,” “Agneepath,” “The Great Gatsby”).

The film is produced through KriArj Entertainment and Mrs Funnybones Movies, the production company controlled by actress Twinkle Khanna, who is also Kumar’s wife. Khanna introduced the story to Kumar.

Akshay Kumar is the rarest of artists .What makes him and Twinkle so special is that they have a found a way with this film to make a wonderfully affecting and heartwarming movie that also can impact social change,” Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures, said in a statement.

Kumar recently enjoyed hit success with another socially conscious film, “Toilet – A Love Story” (“Toilet – Ek Prem Katha”). In that, a woman threatens to leave her husband unless he installs a toilet in their home.

“India is an important and growing market with rich content and dynamic stories that translate worldwide,” said Laine Kline, EVP of business affairs, operations and SPE’s head of local film production.

 

More Film

  • Heather Parry Live Nation

    Heather Parry Fired From Live Nation Productions

    Live Nation Entertainment announced Thursday that Heather Parry will leave the company following a Variety investigation into allegations of workplace bullying. Parry ran Live Nation Productions, the TV and film arm of the touring conglomerate, for three years. In December, Variety reported that Live Nation’s human resources department had been repeatedly warned that Parry was [...]

  • A still from Sea of Shadows

    Sundance Film Review: 'Sea of Shadows'

    It’s a decidedly grim circle of life that moves us all in “Sea of Shadows,” a tight, troubling documentary eco-thriller that charts a compelling course of consequence from Chinese black-market apothecaries to the near-extinction of a rare whale in the Sea of Cortez, hitting on Mexican crime cartels and institutional corruption along the way. Austrian [...]

  • Matt Smith, Thomasin McKenzie Circle Edgar

    Matt Smith, 'Leave No Trace' Star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie Circle Edgar Wright Movie

    Matt Smith and “Leave No Trace” star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie are in negotiations to join Edgar Wright’s next film, “Last Night in Soho,” sources tell Variety. Details are vague about the psychological horror movie, other than it being set in London’s Soho district. Anya Taylor Joy is also in the cast. Production is expected to [...]

  • Vice Media

    Vice Media Taps Joe Simon as Chief Technology Officer (EXCLUSIVE)

    Joe Simon has been tapped as chief technology officer at Vice Media. The newly created role will include oversight of data analytics, engineering, information technology, media operations, media technology, post production, and systems management. Prior to Vice, Simon spent three years as Encompass Digital Media’s chief operating officer. Previously he held the chief technology officer [...]

  • Michael B Jordan denzel washington

    Michael B. Jordan to Star in Denzel Washington's 'Journal for Jordan'

    Michael B. Jordan is in talks to star in Sony’s “Journal for Jordan,” a drama that will be directed by Denzel Washington. The movie, penned by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Virgil Williams, is based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dana Canedy’s love affair with First Sergeant Charles Monroe King. King kept a journal [...]

  • Sylvester Stallone

    Sylvester Stallone's Superhero Drama 'Samaritan' Lands at MGM

    MGM is developing the superhero drama “Samaritan” with Sylvester Stallone attached to star and produce through his Balboa Productions. The studio has acquired Bragi F. Schut’s script, which centers on a boy learning that a missing superhero, who vanished 20 years earlier after a battle, may still be alive. MGM will develop “Samaritan” with Stallone [...]

  • Kendrick Lamar

    Oscars: Kendrick Lamar and SZA Will Not Perform 'Black Panther' Song (EXCLUSIVE)

    Despite the Academy’s efforts to secure Kendrick Lamar and SZA for a performance of the Oscar-nominated song “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” on the upcoming Oscars telecast, the duo will not be a part of the show, Variety has learned. The reason, according to a source close to the situation, is logistics and timing. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content