EXCLUSIVE: Mumbai-based production and distribution company Essel Vision is producing Fandry director Nagraj Manjule’s next Marathi-language project, Sairaat.

Nikhil Sane, head of Essel Vision’s Marathi films division, said: “Sairaat is a girl-centric, passionate love story. The script is being finalised and we should begin shooting next year.”

Manjule made his debut in 2013 with Fandry, which was produced by Nilesh Navalakha of Navalakha Arts and Vivek Kajaria of Holy Basil Productions. It won the jury grand prize in the international competition of last year’s Mumbai Film Festival.

Essel Vision produced Paresh Mokashi’s Elizabeth Ekadashi, which is the Indian Panorama opening film at this year’s IFFI, and Om Raut’s Lokmanya, about freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak, scheduled for release in January.