×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sony Pictures Networks India Backs Socially Conscious Drama ‘T for Taj Mahal’

Sony Pictures Networks Productions, part of Sony in India, is backing social-campaigning drama “T for Taj Mahal.” The film is directed by Kireet Khurana, a six-time winner of the National Film Award.

The film examines social entrepreneurship and challenges the paucity of education in India. Social dramas have repeatedly shown themselves as box office winners in India, including the recent “Pad Man” and “Dangal.”

The cast of “T for Taj Mahal” includes Subrat Dutta, U.S. actress Ali Faulkner (“The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn”), Bidita Bag (“Babumoshai Bandookbaaz”), Manoj Pahwa (“Hey Ram”), and Pitobash (“Million Dollar Arm”) in key roles.

Production is by Abis Rizvi, with SPN Productions set as both production company and distributor. The film is currently in post-production and will be released this year.

Best known for its 2015 hit “Piku,” directed by Shoojit Sircar and starring Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, SPN Productions has backed other content-driven films including “Azhar,” “Mubarakan,” and “Poster Boys.” This year, in addition to “T for Taj Mahal,” it will also release sports biopic “Soorma.”

“‘T for Taj Mahal’ is an idea that is built on the fact that education is a basic right and that a simple idea could spark a revolution,” Khurana said in a statement. “Cinema has the power to start a relevant conversation that can empower lives.”

In its 23rd year in India, Sony Pictures Networks India operates 31 TV channels on the subcontinent. Sony Pictures International Productions is also active in India. Last year it produced “Pad Man,” a movie about feminine hygiene, and is currently in production on its first regional-language film with Malayalam star Prithviraj.

More Film

  • Atmosphere91st Annual Academy Awards, Governors Ball

    Oscars 2019: Inside All the Parties!

    People are partying all around Hollywood before, during and after the Oscars. Here, Variety hits the town to give you the inside scoop on all the star-studded soirées. Keep checking back throughout the weekend for the latest updates… 2019 Makeup Artistry Dinner Sunset Tower, Los Angeles, Feb. 20Variety and Giorgio Armani Beauty hosted an intimate [...]

  • 'Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ Heads

    'Monty Python's Life of Brian' Gets 40th Anniversary Release (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” is heading back into movie theaters to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the classic comedy film. Trafalgar Releasing took the rights to the film last year. The event cinema specialist is planning a 400-screen release on April 18 that will span the U.K. and U.S. as well as territories [...]

  • Korea's CJ CGV Switches Turkey CEOs

    Korea's CJ CGV Switches Turkey CEOs as It Battles With Local Industry

    Yeun Seung-ro has been appointed as CEO of CGV Mars Entertainment, the Korean-owned company that operates Turkey’s largest cinema chain. He replaces Kwak Dong Won, another veteran of the CJ-CGV group. The change of personnel may reflect two ongoing battles within the Turkish film industry. CJ-CGV, which bought Mars for some $650 million in 2016. [...]

  • Woody Allen Developing Next Film With

    Woody Allen Teams With Spain’s Mediapro for Next Film

    MADRID — Woody Allen is re-teaming with Spain’s Mediapro, one of Europe’s biggest independent film-TV companies, to develop his next film with an eye it seems to shooting in Spain. Mediapro co-financed and co-produced two of Allen’s highest-grossing movies, 2008’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” which grossed $96.4 million worldwide, and 2011’s “Midnight in Paris” which earned [...]

  • 'Stitches' Review: Berlin Film Festival

    Berlin Film Review: 'Stitches'

    An elegant hybrid of true-story exposé and slow-moving arthouse thriller, Serbian director Miroslav Terzić’s sober sophomore feature “Stitches” takes a familiar idea — a lone crusader taking on a corrupt system in pursuit of the truth — but delivers an unusually thoughtful, psychologically compelling character study. Taking its cue from Snežana Bogdanović’s eerily composed but fathomless [...]

  • Aruna and Her Palate review

    Berlin Film Review: ‘Aruna & Her Palate’

    When mouthwatering Indonesian cuisine and romance are on the table, “Aruna & Her Palate” is a bouncy crowd-pleaser. Less tasty is the backdrop of a suspected bird flu outbreak that brings a food-loving epidemiologist into contact with her secret crush. Adapted from Laksmi Pamuntjak’s 2014 novel “The Bird Woman’s Palate,” “Aruna” manages to overcome its [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content