'I started reading LASHKAR at around midnight and was simply unable to put
it down. Halfway through I knew I just had to make it into a movie. A
couple of hours after finishing it I was in touch with Deva,' says Mr.
Shubho Shekhar Bhattacharjee, the CEO of Planman Motion Pictures. 'LASHKAR
is not only an extremely topical book, it also has that gritty flavour and
taut, killing pace, which make for a great film. We are very excited about
this. Work on the script is well underway and we hope to take the movie to
the floors very soon.'
LASHKAR is the first book of Deva's four book action thriller series
published by HarperCollins India. Like LASHKAR, the other three books
(SALIM MUST DIE (2009), BLOWBACK (2010) and TANZEEM (2011)) have also
struck a popular and very emotive chord with Indian readers and all four
hit the bestseller lists within weeks of their release.
'LASHKAR had started getting offers from Bollywood within days of its
release, so we are not at all surprised. As recent events have shown, like
the killing of Osama, which Mukul wrote about in uncannily prescient
detail in SALIM MUST DIE (2009), all four books are highly relevant and
lend themselves to the movies since Deva is a very visual writer and his
military background bring a lot of realism to his books,' adds Mr.
Sukumar, the CEO of HarperCollins India. 'We had been waiting for a
filmmaker with the right vision and drive to take this series forward and
have full confidence that Planman will make a blockbuster movie.'
Dubbed by the media as 'India's answer to Tom Clancy' and 'the man with
the Nostradamus touch', Mukul Deva, an ex-Indian Army officer has seen a
decade of combat. He has been a consistent shot on the bestseller's lists
over the past four years. Deva churns out stunning thrillers at the same
blistering pace that his books maintain. Already gearing for release is
his next, THE DUST WILL NEVER SETTLE, a high speed action thriller with
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as its backdrop. Also starting is his new
7-book series on the 7 Deadly Sins, the first of which, DEATH CAME
CALLING, will be published by Harper next year.
'I'm not just excited,' a visibly happy Deva comments, 'I am absolutely
thrilled that LASHKAR is going to the big screen. The tremendous
enthusiasm shown by Planman is heartening, as is the approach Shubho is
taking with the script. But all I can say for now is WATCH THIS SPACE.
It's going to get bigger, better and faster. And you have a soldier's word
Planman Motion Pictures has acquired the motion picture rights of Deva's
path breaking military action thriller, which pioneered the Indian
military action thriller novel. Soon after winning the National Award for
Best Hindi Film for DO DOONI CHAAR, Planman Motion Pictures is set to
venture into the action thriller terrain.
Do Dooni Chaar wins National Award for best hindi film.
Do Dooni Chaar is the Opening Film at the prestigious IAAC New York Indian Film Festival! The film have its red carper North American premiere at the Paris theatre, New York, on May 4, 2011. Present at the screening will be Producer Arindam Chaudhuri, Actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor and Director Habib Faisal. The Opening Address will be given by Ambassador Meera Shankar. The film's screening will be followed by the question and answer session with the Producer, Director and Actors.
Do Dooni Chaar won the Anti-Kela Award for 'saving the face of Bollywood' at the Annual Kela Awards, the Indian Razzies.
Do Dooni Chaar is making waves this Awards season! After sweeping the Filmfare Awards with 4 wins, including 'Best Actor (Critics)' for Rishi Kapoor for his outstanding act as Santosh Duggal, the film has bagged 3 Stardust Awards too, for Best Actor (Rishi Kapoor), Best Actress (Neetu Kapoor) and Standout Performance by Music Director (Meet Bros. Anjan). In January, Do Dooni Chaar clinched the Screen Award for Best Production Design and a Zee Cine Award for Best Lifetime Jodi for Neetu - Rishi Kapoor for their most adorable comeback as Mrs. & Mr. Duggal! The other 3 Filmfare wins include Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Dialogues. The film and the Duggals seem to have raised quite a storm in tinsel-town and looking at the way they're going, there seems to be no stopping this Duggal Express!
Six Superscripts at the various stages of development. Casting and Pre-production begins from March 2011.
Prof Arindam Chaudhuri will address an elite gathering at the 63rd Festival de Cannes. The function will be held at the Indian Pavilion on May 12th 2010
The Last Lear was awarded the best feature film in English and Shefali Shah was given the best supporting actress at the 55th National Award.
Shah Rukh Khan visits IIPM as quizmaster!! Shah Rukh will host the biggest B School quiz event of the year, which is conducted by IIPM, Delhi on August 1, 2009.
Amitabh Bachchan receives Best Actor Award for The Last Lear at the Stardust Awards 2009!