IFFAM: Richie Mehta to Shoot ‘Police,’ Finds out ‘The Price of Tea’

Indo-Canadian director, Richie Mehta will start principal photography on his untitled series on the New Delhi police in three weeks from now. “It’s a compassionate look at law and order in a developing world, from their point of view,” Mehta told Variety in Macau.

The series will shoot on location for three months and will comprise eight 60-minute episodes. It will be one of the first series by U.S.-India outfit Golden Karavan, an OTT-focused production company promoted by industry veterans Aaron Kaplan, Jeff Sagansky, Florence Sloan, Pooja Kohli, Sanjay Bachani and Apoorva Bakshi. The series will be co-produced by John Penotti for Ivanhoe Pictures. “It’s a dream team.” said Mehta.

Global streaming platforms Amazon and Netflix are helping pioneer the  long-form series concept in India. “The production will be financed and produced independently and then licensed to a broadcaster or platform. I am confident that the material will travel far and wide,” said Mehta.

Variety spoke with Mehta at the 2nd International Film Festival and Awards, Macao (IFFAM), where his “The Price of Tea” is one of the three auteur projects at the IFFAM project market. Set in Beijing, the film will follow a Canadian man who falls for a Chinese woman over the course of a magical day only to discover that she is not what she seems.

The $4-5 million budgeted project has raised $2.4 million so far. Mehta is planning a 2018 early summer shoot.

Mehta made his feature debut in 2007 with the award winning “Amal.” His “India in a Day,” the latest in Ridley Scott’s “Life in a Day” series, released in 2016. “The Price of Tea” sees him reunite with “India in a Day” producer Cassandra Sigsgaard.

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