Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Dulquer Salmaan feature in Zee Studios 2023 India slate
The titles, which include 26 films for theatrical release, a direct-to-digital film and a streaming series, are Zee Studios productions, coproductions or acquisitions.
Ajith Kumar, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn and Dulquer Salmaan will be seen featuring in a 28-strong Zee Studios 2023 India slate. India's Zee Studios has revealed an extensive 2023 slate of 28 titles across languages, featuring some of the best-known names in their respective industries, reports Variety. The titles, which include 26 films for theatrical release, a direct-to-digital film and a streaming series, are Zee Studios productions, coproductions or acquisitions.
Big ticket films include H. Vinoth's Tamil-language heist thriller 'Thunivu', starring megastar Ajith Kumar that is due in January 2023 release during the Pongal festival frame; Amit Sharma's long-awaited Hindi-language soccer epic 'Maidaan', starring Ajay Devgn, due in February.
Farhad Samji's Hindi-language action-comedy 'Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan', starring superstar Salman Khan, due in April during the Eid festival frame; and 'Gadar 2', a sequel to Anil Sharma's 2001 blockbuster 'Gadar', starring Sunny Deol.
Deol also stars alongside fellow veterans Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty and Jackie Shroff in Vivek Chauhan's 'Baap'.
Other Hindi-language highlights include Rani Mukerji in Ashima Chibber's 'Mrs. Chatterjee v/s Norway'; Richa Chaddha in Abhishek Acharya's 'Covid Stories'; Yami Gautam in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's streaming-bound 'Lost'; and Rahul Bose, Ishwak Singh and Aparshakti Khurana in Atul Sabharwal's 'Berlin'.
Also in Hindi, there are a brace of titles from auteur Anurag Kashyap - 'Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat' that premiered at Marrakech in November and 'Kennedy', starring Sunny Leone, which is bound for an A-list festival in 2023.
Fellow auteur Devashish Makhija's 'Joram' will world premiere at Rotterdam in 2023. It stars Manoj Bajpayee, who also headlines Apoorv Singh Kark's 'Bandaa'. Nawazuddin Siddiqui essays a transgender's role in 'Haddi' and also stars in 'Love is Blind'.
Karishma Kapoor headlines Abhinay Deo's streaming series 'Brown'. Highlights of the Zee Studios Tamil-language slate include Muthaiya's 'Kather Basha Endra Muthuramalingam', starring Arya; a landmark film from a superstar actor, details of which are under wraps; and Kishor Pandurang Belekar's dialogue-free film 'Gandhi Talks', with music by A.R. Rahman, with Tamil cinema stars Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami and Aditi Rao Hydari.
Dulquer Salmaan headlines Abhilash Joshiy's Malayalam-language 'King of Kotha'. Marathi-language films include Paresh Mokashi's 'Vaalavi', with Swapnil Joshi and Ashish Bende's 'Aatma Pamphlet', while Nagraj Manjule stars in Hemant Awtade's 'Ghar Banduk Biryani' and Vikram Patwardhan's 'Frame'.
Jaggesh stars in Kannada-language 'Ranganayaka' and in Telugu-language 'Vimanam'. Zee Studios' Punjabi-language films include Pankaj Batra's 'Uchiyan Ne Gallan Tere Yaar Diyan' and 'Godday Godday Chaa' starring Gippy Grewal and Sonam Bajwa respectively.
Zee Studios was established in 2012 as the content engine for media conglomerate Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, which is in the process of merging with Sony Pictures Networks India, reports Variety. (IANS)