Filmmakers from India and China have joined hands to produce a movie that will showcase the emotional bond and cultural values shared by the people of both the countries, amidst the recent box office success of some of the Indian films in China.
Top film personalities, from both the countries, also discussed ways to extend cooperation to each other in producing films, on the side-lines of the Shanghai international film festival.
"China-based Extraordinary Entertainment and India's B4U signed an agreement to co-produce the film -- 'Operation Wild', written by Brian Brightly," according to a press release issued by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
Films like Aamir-Khan starrer 'Dangal' and 'Secret Superstar', 'Hindi Medium' and 'Bahubali-2' did well and also won all round acclaim, including from Chinese President Xi Jinping.
During a panel discussion held at the film festival, filmmakers, including film director Advait Chandan (Secret Superstar), Renny Harlin (Skiptrace), Da Ming (What Women Want), Saket Chaudhary (Hindi Medium), producers Daljit DJ Parmar (Kung Fu Yoga), and Ishan Saksena (Three Stories) discussed topics like Chinese and Indian film markets, co-productions, challenges and prospects for future collaborations, the release said.
The "China-India Film and Cultural Exchange Panel Discussion" was hosted by AACTA's Asia International Engagement Programme and in partnership with FICCI, the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, Shanghai Franlyn Media, and Extraordinary Entertainment.
Indian Consul General of Shanghai Anil Kumar Rai delivered the key note address.
In his message, FICCI Secretary General Dilip Chenoy said "Indian cinema is becoming the corner stone for bringing the people of India and China closer by reflecting shared aspirations, which are relatable for both nations undergoing rapid development".
Leena Jaisani, Assistant Secretary General, FICCI said "the signing of the India-China co-production treaty previously indicates the desire of the two nations and the industry to work together. FICCI has been consistently working towards developing collaborations between Indian and Chinese film industry."
CEO of the Extraordinary Entertainment Daljit DJ Parmar said "there is a very unique cultural synergy between Chinese and Indian cinema. Building on this, we are excited to develop our China-India slate beginning with Operation Wild."
"These films will highlight the emotional bond and cultural values that are common between the people of China and India," B4U CEO Ishan Saksena said.
Kulmeet Makkar, Chief Executive Officer of Producers Guild of India said: "Our participation in the China-India Film and Cultural Exchange program here at the Shanghai international film festival this year was aimed to build further support for co-productions and distribution with strategic partnerships between Indian and Chinese production companies.