Live' is India's entry at Oscars
Aamir Khan's production "Peepli Live" is to be India's official
entry at the Oscars, an official at the Bollywood star's office
"Peepli Live" is former journalist Anusha Rizvi's debut
Britain-based producer Karan Arora says his first Bollywood
venture "Bhindi Bazaar", which deals with the issue of
pickpocketing in Mumbai, has the global appeal of "Slumdog
Millionaire" and elements of "Satya" but is not inspired by them.
"The movie has an international appeal like 'Slumdog Millionaire'
and at the same time it has very similar elements of 'Satya'. But
there are no inspirations taken from these movies," Arora told
IANS in an interview.
The movie deals with the issue of pickpocketing in the infamous
and densely populated area of Mumbai's Bhindi Bazaar. The film
explores the city's dark underbelly.
"'Bhindi Bazaar' has everything for multiplex audiences -
intelligent screenplay, entertainment with various elements like
crime and thrill, among others. It is a thriller but at the same
time it is also very realistic," he said.
Arora is the CEO of High Grounds Entertainment Ltd, which started
its Indian production house - Picture Thought production - last
According to Arora, the motto of the production house is to
generate content-based movies.
With the recent success of small-budget, strong content-driven
movies like "Peepli Live", Arora feels "Bhindi Bazaar" will appeal
to audiences in India.
"People often asked us why didn't we start with a star-studded
movie, but our reply was that we just want to first slip into the
market, do our homework and test the waters.
"We can make the noises later after proving ourselves. This has
been our strategy so far," he added.
With a Hollywood-driven philosophy, Arora says his team spends a
lot of time in "script farming".
"Script farming is a word we use in Hollywood. One does a lot of
research and reads a lot of scripts before shortlisting a few,
potential projects. So far, we have liked three scripts," said
"One of them is 'Bhindi Bazaar' and the other two are 'Padosi' and
'Let's talk Love'," he added.
"Bhindi Bazaar" was recently showcased at the Cannes Film Festival
in France. It has been directed by Ankush Bhatt and has a
power-packed star cast comprising Kay Kay Menon, Deepti Naval,
Shilpa Shukla, Pawan Malhotra, Gautam Sharma and debutante
American artist Caterina Lopez, among others.
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