Film Bazaar organiser the National Film Development Corp (NFDC) has boarded Bengali filmmaker Kaushik Mukherjee’s Tasher Desh, one of a growing number of international co-productions on the organisation’s slate.
Currently in production, the film is an adaptation of a dance drama by renowned Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. NFDC is co-producing with Mumbai-based Anurag Kashyap Films, Kolkata-based Overdose and Belgium’s Entre Chien et Loup
Kaushik Mukherjee (aka Q) previously directed award-winning Gandu about the friendship between two drop-outs who bond over drugs and rap music.
NFDC currently has a slate of around 20 films in 11 Indian languages in various stages of production. International co-productions also include Punjabi-language Qissa, with Germany’s Heimatfilm and other European producers. Co-productions with Indian partners include Sandeep Verma’s Manjunath with Icomo Advertising, Girish Malik’s Jal with Clapstem and Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai with Dibakar Banerjee Productions and PVR Pictures.
Manjunath, which is currently shooting, is based on the real story of a salesman who was murdered by the Indian mafia. Jal, which is currently in post-production, is an environmentally-themed drama starring Purab Kohli and Tannishtha Chatterjee.
In-house productions fully financed by NFDC include Gyan Correa’s Gujarati-language drama The Good Road, which is taking part in Film Bazaar’s Work-in-Progress Lab, and Marathi and Hindi-language Gangoobai, directed by Priya Krishnaswamy.