ASP White founder Anubhav Sinha will direct and is producing the film, which is scheduled to shoot in August/September, with Aditya Bhattacharya as executive producer. Most of the technical and artistic heads of department and crew will be Italian, along with the female lead and the antagonist, which is also a first for an Indian film.
Italy's Cinecitta and government agencies FILAS and Assessore Regionale are assisting the production which will shoot in and around Rome. One large set is being built at Cinecitta and the film's post-production will also take place at the Rome-based studios.
Sinha's South Africa-set action thriller Cash, scheduled for worldwide release in July, is one of the most highly-anticipated Bollywood releases of the year. The trailers are currently being shown in over a thousand cinemas across India.
Meanwhile, Sinha's other production banner, Seven Entertainment, is in advanced talks with Italian writer Dario Fo to adapt and shoot his play, The Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, in Uttar Pradesh, India.
The company is also in talks with Paris and Strasbourg-based Unlimited Films to produce Murali Nair's The Virgin Goat. Nair, who won the Camera d'Or at Cannes in 1999 for The Death Throne, is the only Indian filmmaker to have been in competition in Cannes in recent years.