Starting the year on a promising note, Viacom18 now presents xXx: Return of Xander Cage to the audience in India. After wowing viewers in Mexico and London as part of the global domination tour, megastar Vin Diesel visited India for the premiere along with his co-star, Deepika Padukone and director DJ Caruso. With gravity defying action sequences, a star-studded cast and a gripping storyline, this third explosive chapter of the franchise promises to please fans across the nation.
Giving the audience a firsthand experience of the film acclaimed for its extreme sports action – a grand fan event was organised in Mumbai, with a spectacular lineup of entertainment ranging from BMX stunt-bikers to skateboarders and B- Boying troupes. Nucleya further took the stage and kept the fans in a trance up until Diesel and Padukone made their entrance to greet the fans. Following the incredible fan experience, Diesel, Padukone and Caruso walked down the red carpet, signing autographs and interacting with their fans at the premiere.
Present at the premiere, Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18, said, “Viacom18 Motion Pictures, has long been associated with producing content driven movies, often with female leads. Today, we are at an event that captures the spirit of universal stories – bringing global stories to India and taking Indian stories global. The India Hollywood connection has evolved through three stages. We started the journey by taking India’s pain and evolution through movies like Gandhi and A Passage to India. That stage followed with our stars who went on to essay character roles. In the last 3-4 years we have seen the emergence of stories from here like Life of Pi and The Jungle Book. Today is a landmark moment when a leading lady from our country is playing a lead role in a mainstream Hollywood movie. It is our privilege to start this with bringing Deepika’s first Hollywood film to India.
It is inspirational to see how far we have come in influencing Hollywood productions-through actors, storylines, locations, philosophies through the years. It gives us immense pride that our studio has brought this movie to India and will soon bring Baywatch with Priyanka Chopra as well.”
Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures commented, “Moving beyond conventional cinema, we are constantly persevering to bring only the best of Hollywood to India with our partnership with Paramount. India has emerged as one of the priority markets globally and VMP is proud to have been a pioneer in bringing about this change; the release of xXx in India before its worldwide release is one such step in this direction. We hope the Indian audience enjoys watching the film before the world does.”
A Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios movie, xXx: Return of Xander Cage will be exclusively distributed in India by Viacom18 Motion Pictures. It will be in theatres on January 14 in 3D and IMAX 3D.