Kolkata-based filmmaker Q (aka Kaushik Mukherjee) is gearing up to make his English-language debut, Brahman Naman, to be produced by Steve Barron’s UK-based Riley Productions.  

Set in Bangalore in the 1980s, the film is a comedy about a 17-year-old who is top of his class but also has a whisky addiction, filthy mouth and a porn collection. Q’s Kolkata-based production company Overdose Joint will co-produce.

Barron is best-known for directing music videos for artists including Michael Jackson and producing films such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Specialist and While You Were Sleeping.

“I love Q’s sense of humour. I sent him the script and he embraced it the same way I did,” said Barron.

Q has credits including Gandu and Tasher Desh, which played at last year’s Rome Film Festival. Overdose Joint also has two films in the final stages of post-production – documentary Sari and Kajarya, directed by Madhureeta Anand, which will premiere in Dubai.

Overdose Joint is also co-producing docudrama In Search Of A Miracle, with the UK’s F&ME and France’s KinoElektron and Crescendo Films. The project has been selected for this year’s Primexchange workshop, along with Overdose’s Nuclear Hearts, written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee.