Coupé, an Indo-US co-production is the first
proof of the fact that FICCI FRAMES is an ideal platform
to lead to fruitful business propositions. The co production
is between Castle Peak Pictures and Quixotic. The base
of this joint venture was laid at FICCI FRAMES 2003.
Movie Works' Scott Rosenberg met me at FRAMES and met
Mark Byers as well and then after some dialogue, all
of us got together and we knew that we wanted to pool
in resources to get a co-production going," says
Jeetu Chawla, Castle Peak Pictures,
key was to get something that suited the local Indian
market and the international sensibilities and when
I read Anita Nair's 'Ladies Coupé', I knew this
is it. I passed it on to Mark and that is what he thought
as well," Chawla says.
Byers, Quixotic explains, "In our case, the process
began backwards and that was unique and refreshing about
the whole deal. First, the relationship was in place,
and then the search and final zeroing in of the project
took place. The idea was to bring together our talents
and build on it."
project is funded equally by both partners. While there
will be an Indian screenplay, there is an American director.
The star cast would include both Indian and American
talents. A co-production of this nature also implies
various legalities to be put in place. So where many
details are in black and white, many others have to
be still finalised.
FICCI, Prashant Laxmeshwar expresses, "FRAMES is
all about opportunities and this is one specific example
that proves the worth of this platform. We have taken
this forward and we introduced online opportunities
this year, where for film funding projects can be pitched
online to potential business people."