We just aspire to bring out pleasurable stories for viewers, says Priti Shahani of Junglee Pictures

Junglee Pictures has strengthened itself as a well-known production house, which brings super hit movies.

After delivering flicks like glitzy Dil Dhadakne Do (in the year 2015), it forayed into encouraging movies with Talvar (in the year 2015) and later they came out with the Bareilly Ki Barfi (in the year 2017) and the detective tale Raazi in 2018.

The media people met Priti Shahani, President, Junglee Pictures, and talked about their strategy as well as future proposals.

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When asked that what your banner’s vision was when you commenced, she answered, “The one-line mandate we got was to create valuable IP (Intellectual Property) and tell entertaining as well as engaging stories. Being a part of a media house, we wanted to tell stories that were inspired by real incidents and some fictional ones. That’s why we made Talvar based on the Aarushi Talwar murder.”

When asked that after BKB and Raazi, your next project is a movie based on The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight, she said they got hold of The Exile as it turned headlines and had an impact on South Asia.

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In accordance with their idea, they have set up a writers’ space, in which they have talented people with diverse thought practices and they are functioning strictly with them.

“We also have a readers’ room that is spread across various cities in the country. We get books that we want to read, not just by Indian but international authors too that our readers give to us in a story format. The trick lies in writing, adapting and making it relevant to us. The moment I read Calling Sehmat, I knew this was a story that needed to be told. Meghna Gulzar and screenwriter Bhavani Iyer’s adaptation is spot on. The way they have created the characters and brought them alive has resonated with the audience,” she added.

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On being asked about the future plans, she answered that they have Badhaai Ho and Junglee in their kitty and the flicks will get released in 2018 itself.

She added that that has also made a declaration about Talvar 2 with Vishal Bhardwaj yet again but it is in its progression phases.

She is interested in bringing out Talvar 2 that gets inspiration from real-life crime incidents.

“There’s also Hanu-Man (tentatively titled), a superhero flick with Anurag Singh. It’s a big live-action film. We’ve announced a web series, based on the book The Mahabharata Murders, too that will be made by Srijit Mukherjee,” she also said.

by Vijay Singh | Tue, Jun 12 - 12:14 PM

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