Viacom18 Studios gets aggressive with its footprint in the South Indian movie business
Establishing itself as a pioneer in showcasing pathbreaking films for audience across the landscape, Viacom18 Studios expands the horizon with a towering line-up of Hindi, English and regional language films. Satiating the growing appetite of the audience for content-led cinema, Viacom18 Studios has led the charge with films like Queen, Manjhi – The Mountain Man, Toilet – Ek Prem Katha, Padmaavat, the recently released Manto, and the much-anticipated AndhaDhun to name only a few. The studio has carved its place in the industry at the pinnacle of entertaining and meaningful cinema.
Boasting of a Bollywood line-up roaring to take on the movie screens, Viacom18 Studios is scaling its presence in multi-language films including – Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi.
Commenting on the expansive line-up, Ajit Andhare – COO, Viacom18 Studios, said, “As Viacom 18 Studios expands across languages & regions, we will leverage stories and talent that offer deep connect with moviegoers in their local market.
To that effect, in our Hindi slate we have a diverse & innovative mix of films ranging from black comedy like Andhadhun, Baazaar – a first-of-its-kind film based on money & stock markets, a biopic of the larger-than-life Sri Balasaheb Thackeray, Body – a riveting & intriguing thriller, Jalebi – a musical romantic drama, RAW (Romeo. Akbar. Walter) – a big scale espionage thriller and Motichoor Chaknachoor – a heartwarming comedy.
For our regional slate, we’re excited to announce our upcoming film with Karthi and are also teaming up with the Superstar Suriya for a range of Tamil films, while in Telugu we partnered with Vyjayanthi Movies of Shri Ashwini Dutt Garu for Devadas. In Marathi our films will feature stories of luminaries of Marathi society like Pula Deshpande, Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar and many more.
With the vision of being the most diversified and complete Studio, leading in key film markets, our Hollywood slate features the successful franchises like Mission: Impossible, the Transformer spin-off – Bumblebee and the much-awaited Top Gun: Maverick.”Indulging India’s diverse audience, with assorted and delectable flavours of cinema, the studio presents its upcoming slate with films starring the biggest names from every industry.
Untitled – The Karthi-starrer, is an edge of the seat suspense thriller, that promises to leave audience captivated. Directed by the brilliant Jeethu Joseph, Viacom18 Studios is also joining hands with South Superstar Suriya’s production house 2D for a slate of upcoming films.
Devadas – Directed by Sriram Adittya T, Devadas is the story of an unlikely friendship between a mafia and a doctor. The film starring Nagarjuna and Nani in lead roles, received an overwhelming response with full-houses across cinemas since its release on September 27, 2018.
Wikipedia (Working Title) - Starring Superstar Dileep in this offbeat comedy-drama directed by the brilliant B Unnikrishnan
AndhaDhun – A mind-bending genre-breaker starring Tabu, Ayushmann Khurana, Radhika Apte and directed by Sriram Raghavan; Release Date: October 5, 2018
Baazaar – The film that’s based on the world of stock markets, money, power, politics in the world of business, Starring Saif Ali Khan, Rohan Mehra, Chitrangada Singh and Radhika Apte, directed by Gauravv K Chawla; Release Date: October 26, 2018
RAW – An espionage thriller, starring John Abraham, Jackie Shroff, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Mouni Roy and Sikander Kher; Release Date: March 15, 2019
Body – A thriller with supernatural elements, starring Emraan Hashmi, Sobhita Dhulipala & Vedhika. Directed by Jeethu Joseph.
Thackeray – A biopic based on the life of Shiv Sena supremo, Balasaheb Thackeray, Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui; Directed by – Abhijit Phanse; Release Date: January 23, 2019
Motichoor Chaknachoor – A wedding comedy, Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Athiya Shetty; Directed by – Debamitra Hassan.
Bumblebee – Based on one of the most loved and revered characters from the Transformers’ franchise; Bumblebee gives you a sneak peek into the story of the friendly Autobot. Starring Hailey Steinfeld & John Cena. Directed by Travis Knight. Releasing this December.
Gemini Man – Starring the master performer, Will Smith. Directed by Ang Lee. Release in 2019
Top Gun: Maverick – Tom Cruise return as iconic ‘Maverick’ in this much-anticipated sequel to the superhit Top Gun. Slated to release in 2020.
Aani… Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar – Subodh Bhave stars in this biopic based on the first superstar of Marathi cinema, directed by Abhijeet Shirish Deshpande, releasing on November 7, 2018.
Bhai – Mahesh Manjrekar directs this epic life journey of Marathi Literature’s stalwart P.L. Deshpande, starring Sagar Deshmukh.
Khatla Bitla – A satirical romantic-comedy directed by National Award winner Paresh Mokashi and starring Jyoti Wayadande & Abhijeet Pawar.
Dhh – Winner of a National Award, ‘Dhh’ is a unique tale of three school friends and their innocent quest towards finding magic and conquering exams. Was welcomed by the audience at release on September 28, 2018.
Dhumketu – Kaushik Ganguly’s Dhumketu, the saga of a married man torn between his family life and his mission, starring Dev and Subhashree Ganguly