Filmmaking couple, Gauri Shinde and R. Balki of Hope Productions, have enlisted media business veteran Pranab Kapadia to co-produce their upcoming films.
Shinde (Dear Zindagi, English Vinglish) and Balki (Cheeni Kum, Paa, Padman) will collaborate with media mogul Kapadia to bolster the production house’s future slate of diverse and rich storytelling.
Founded in 2011, after the success of Cheeni Kum and Paa, Hope Productions was created to serve and shape quality content, launch promising new talent and provide a platform for original storytelling, without compromises. The first film under the Hope Productions banner was the super-hit English Vinglish.
The production house has many successful titles credited to its roster including critically acclaimed English Vinglish, Padman, Ki & Ka, Dear Zindagi and Mission Mangal. Hope Productions is also responsible for a broad gamut of popular television adverts.
Experienced media professional, Kapadia boasts of a career spanning over 22 years in the industry. Starting at Zee, he enjoyed his next stint, leading the UK Subsidiary of Reliance-owned Adlabs, and eventually moving on to Eros International as President Distribution – International. In 2020, he also founded Moviegoers Entertainment Limited – a UK based Media Distribution Company, that will continue to pursue other Film & TV business opportunities of Overseas Distribution of Content, Business Development of OTT Digital Aggregators and Music Publishing monetisation activities etc.
Commenting on the association, Kapadia said, “I am honoured and delighted to collaborate with India’s finest, most talented, creative powerhouse duo of Gauri Shinde & R Balki. Their unique style of storytelling, creating entertaining content and commercial success out of subjects that are considered taboo, is remarkable. After successfully producing award winning feature films and commercials, collecting several accolades at prestigious Film Festivals around the world, their production company Hope Productions is now at the cusp of growth and I am excited to lead this.”
“Gauri and I are absolutely delighted to announce that Pranab will be partnering with us in our future ventures, beginning with a thriller directed by me that begins filming in July this year, followed by three films planned for 2022. We have known Pranab for about 10 years now, and have always admired his desire to make films & content that not only break the barriers of convention but also tell newer stories, which is well complemented with his sound business acumen. Pranab has always believed that we need to keep earning the right to tell the stories we want to, and that syncs with our philosophy, bringing about this partnership. With his vast business experience and his inherent love for the movies there can be no better person than Pranab to help grow Hope Productions.” said R Balki.
A natural and symbiotic collaboration between Shinde and Balki with Kapadia, is expected to bolster the visionary and ambitious endeavours of Hope Productions.