Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic is planning to shoot Indo-Serbian co-production Dev Bhoomi, starring Victor Banerjee, in India next March.
Produced by Milan Markovic, the film will be entirely shot in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand in March-April 2015. Serbia’s Nova Film will co-produce with India’s Shinar Entertainment and the UK’s H.W. Buffalo & Co.
The story follows a 65-year-old man, Rahul, who decides to return from England to his village in Garhwal, Uttarakhand when he discovers he is going blind, to take one last look at the world he left 40 years ago.
Paskaljevic is currently serving on the India Gold jury of the on-going Mumbai Film Festival. His credits include Cabaret Balkan (1998), Honeymoons (2009) and When Day Breaks (2012).
Banerjee is known to international audiences for his roles in David Lean’s A Passage To India and has also worked with Roman Polanski, James Ivory, Shyam Benegal and Satyajit Ray.
“Dev Bhoomi is a story of simple dramatic structure, tense inside, without a lot of external effects, an intimate poem, such as the sound of the ancient flute that accompanies Rahul along the magnificent landscape of the Himalayas,” said Paskaljevic, announcing the project at Mumbai Film Festival.
Banerjee said: “Goran is a gifted film-maker who trusts his instincts and beautifully depicts real life imagery through cinema and it is a great feeling to work with him on an Indian subject.”