Rupert Murdoch's 20th Century Fox has developed a deal with Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) to produce English-language movies in India.
The agreement, of which details have yet to be disclosed, includes the co-production of English as well as Hindi language films to be made in India. PNC's credits include high-profile titles such as the Hindi film Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi and Merchant Ivory's Mystic Masseur as co-producer
PNC is currently producing Kaante, a hard-edged thriller to be directed by Sanjay Gupta, shot on location in Los Angeles and featuring an ensemble cast of Indian stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Sunil Shetty, Sanjay Dutt, Lucky Ali, Kumar Gaurav and Mahesh Manjrekar.
The company has also acquired rights to Bollywood Calling, an English language comedy starring Pat Cusack, Om Puri and Perizaad Zorabian, directed by Nagesh Kukunoor.
Fox had previously signed a similar deal with India United Television to co-produce feature films using Star TV as a distribution channel.