Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader responsible for the blockbusterHunger Games, Twilight, Divergent, Expendables and Saw franchises, has partnered with Dharma Productions and Endemol India on the family and martial arts drama Brothers, which launches in approximately 4,000 theatres in India as part of its global rollout this Friday, August 14th.
The film, starring Akshay Kumar, Siddharth Malhotra and Jackie Shroff and directed by Karan Malhotra, is the partnership’s first Hindi-language co-production. Adapted for Indian audiences from Lionsgate’s critically-acclaimed Warrior, Brothers tells the story of two estranged brothers and their struggling relationship with each other and their father, set in the intense, gritty and action-packed world of mixed martial arts competition.
“We’re delighted to partner with our friends at Dharma Productions and Endemol India on our first Hindi language co-production, a powerful and exciting film that has something for everyone,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman. “Combining a spell-binding family drama with non-stop action and thrilling fight scenes and featuring a top-notch cast, we expect Brothersto resonate with action audiences as well as all moviegoers who love great storytelling.”
Talking about the partnership, Deepak Dhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Endemol India said, “We are pleased to partner with the makers of popular Hollywood movies like The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, The Divergent Series etc. for their maiden Hindi language film. We as a company have always been known for bringing unique concepts and projects in India. Associating with a film like Brothers was one such endeavour to bring a sport themed movie to Indian audiences which is high on emotional quotient as well. Brothers is a quality film made with top-of-the-line production values that will strike a chord with Indian audiences. It was a great working experience with the doyens of Hollywood and Bollywood film industry. Being part of this film has also strengthened our venture in film production and we look forward to be part of many such films in the future.”
Brothers has already captivated Indian audiences with its promo materials and entrancing soundtrack melodies. The Indian audience will also get to witness its first authentic mixed martial arts (MMA) action, as no Indian film has previously showcased this full contact combat sport.
Brothers is presented by Fox Star Studios in association with Lionsgate, Dharma Productions and Endemol India and will be released in theatres worldwide on August 14, 2015. The partnership was negotiated by Rohit Tiwari at Morris St. Advisors.
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