It includes the animation project Ab Dilli Door Nahi, about five jungle animals trying to meet Indian politicians in the capital city of New Delhi. Already in production, local actors such as Ayesha Takia, Akshaye Khanna and Boman Irani are lending their voices to the animation.
Formed in 2005 with directors Mukesh Talreja and Nikhil Advani, Orion Pictures kicked off its endeavours with Hindi film Salaam E Ishq last year. While the big budget, A-list starrer failed to make a mark at the box office, the team is hoping that 2008 proves more profitable.
Their slate also includes Warner Brothers' previously announced first foray into Indian film production, Made In China. Advani is currently in the thick of shooting the film starring Akshay Kumar on location in China.
Orion Pictures has also commissioned four more projects. In Milap Milan Zaveri's romantic comedy Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai!, an alien girl searches for love from an Earthling. Ayesha Takia plays the Venusian while Ritesh Deshmukh plays a man from Earth.
While the company has not yet revealed details about the other three projects, they will be directed respectively by Nikhil Advani, Shivam Nair (Ahista Ahista), and former assistant director Vikramiditya Motwane - who is credited as choreographer on Deepa Mehta's Water, making his directorial debut.
Said Mukesh Talreja, 'At Orion we are looking at working with a host of fresh talent including new directors. There is a huge untapped talent in the country.'
Nikhil Advani added, 'Our emphasis will be on making films of all genres which will satiate the palette of a variety of audiences.'