Mumbai, India (Nov. 27, 2013) — Endemol India has partnered with Fox Star Studios for their emotional thriller, “Traffic.”
“Traffic” marks the foray of Endemol into Hindi film industry and will be produced under the banner “Eyedentity Motion Pictures”- the film arm of Endemol India.
Traffic, the Hindi adaptation of the critically acclaimed Malayalam blockbuster will release on March 7, 2014. Based on a true life incident the film marks the coming together of an incredibly talented ensemble cast with Manoj Bajpai and Jimmy Shergill in the lead roles along with Bengali superstar Prosenjit, Parambrata (of Kaahani fame), Divya Dutta, Kitu Gidwani and Sachin Khedekar playing pivotal roles. The film will also see the debut of talented young actors Amol Parasher and Vishal Singh in critical roles.
Directed by national award winning film maker Rajesh Pillai, who also directed the original in Malayalam, the movie showcases a high voltage drama and a battle against time when stakes run high and life is in danger. What sets Traffic apart from other films is the fact that as an emotional thriller, it will also introduce the audiences to an altogether new genre of entertainment.
Traffic has been adapted in Hindi by Suresh Nair with music by Mithoon.
Deepak Dhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Endemol India commented “With TRAFFIC, Endemol enters the Hindi film sphere and we are fortunate to have partnered with Fox Star Studios for such an incredible script that involves a diverse mix of characters caught in an unlikely situation. Brought to life by a brilliant screenplay that pits together all the characters in a race against time, the incredible casting is bound to keep the audiences hooked till the end.”
Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios added, “We are excited to have partnered with Endemol India as they debut in the Indian film industry. Traffic comes with tremendous credentials – National award winning director plus commercial & critical success in Malayalam – it promises to be an emotionally thrilling experience! At Fox Star Studios, our endeavor has been to support path breaking entertaining cinema. We believe in the story of Traffic and that it must be told to a wide audience. Audiences today are seeking new and distinctive content and we continue to strive to deliver films that capture the imagination .The film is the first up on our slate for 2014 that will feature mega productions, massy entertainers and clutter breaking films.”
Endemol India is one of the leading and most valuable content production companies in India across television, film and digital content. The company is a 51:49 strategic alliance between Endemol BV- the world’s largest independent television production company and CA Media – the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group (TCG). The company has over the years produced successful television shows like Bigg Boss, Fear Factor, Laughter Challenge, Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star, over 400 episodes of Deal or No Deal and the recently launched The Money Drop for Sun Network amongst others. Endemol India has also forayed into the movie making business with the remake of blockbuster Kahaani in Tamil & Telugu.
One of India’s premier film production and distribution studios, Fox STAR Studios is a joint venture between Twentieth Century Fox, one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures and STAR, Asia’s leading media company. With an ever- growing and dynamic footprint in Hindi and Regional film industry, FSS, with it’s wide ranging activities spanning across development, production, marketing and distribution is the youngest studio to have emerged as one of the major players in the India market since its inception in 2008. FSS aims to bring forth high content and massy cinema, with world class production, and intends to tap the audiences across the globe.