Karan Anshuman’s upcoming comedy Bangistan to be filmed in Krakow

Poland’s Alvernia Studios is to partner with Indian producer Excel Entertainment to bring Karan Anshuman’s upcoming comedy Bangistan to Krakow. Filming will begin in Krakow this July, with the Polish studio taking on line production responsibilities.

The comedy about two rival terrorists who meet by chance on the streets of Krakow, stars Bollywood actors Ritesh Deshmuks and Pulkit Samrat, alongside a host of Polish supporting talent. The shoot is anticipated to take 40 days in Krakow and its surrondings.

It marks the first production to be shot in Poland by Excel Entertainment, which is owned by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, and has produced 12 feature films with total budget of around $55m in recent years.

Sidhwani said: “We aim to capture the city’s serenity and energy in a manner that best suits our film and enhances the movie watching experience for our audiences.”

Alveria Studios vp Marek Gabryjelski said he anticipated that Krakow “will take on a starring role in the production”.

The Polish studio, which has offices in Mumbai, has previously compelted post-production work on a number of Indian projects such as last year’s Bhaag Milka Bhaag. Outside of India, it was co-producer on Richard Gere legal thriller Arbitrage and Sigourney Weaver film Vamps.