Imtiaz Ali to produce cross-cultural romance
Director Imtiaz Ali is collaborating with Japan’s entertainment conglomerate Shochiku to produce a cross-culture romance in Hindi, titled Love In Tokyo. The project borrows its title from the 1966 Bollywood hit of the same name but is not a remake of the Asha Parekh, Joy Mukherjee-starrer.
It will be shot almost entirely in Japan and will be co-produced by Imtiaz’s Window Seat Films and Shochiku with the director’s brother Arif Ali at the helm. Imtiaz, who featured the country briefly in his last release Tamasha, says he is looking forward to explore “fascinating” Japan and its culture through this movie.
“I visited Japan when I was shooting for Tamasha and I remember both Ranbir (Kapoor) and Deepika (Padukone) were keen to visit the country. Shochiku were our line producers there and I later found out that they are the largest and most prolific media house in Japan,” Imtiaz said. The director says the idea for the joint collaboration came up during a conversation with Shochiku’s CEO, Jay Sakomoto.
“We talked about how there are so many things that are common between people living in various cities of Asia. We discussed if it was possible to make a movie which tells you about people from different places and can also translate to audience at different places.
The filmmaker says Arif was always his first choice to direct the movie.
“I collaborated with Arif and developed the story. The story originated from me and Arif developed it further... I am involved even as we are writing the story. Imtiaz says they are planning to begin shooting the movie this year around “summer and autumn”.
“Summer and autumn are a good time there. So, that’s what we are aiming for. The actors, cast and crew will be divided between India and Japan.” Mitsuhito Hosoda, the Deputy CEO of Shochiku, says they are looking forward to work closely with Hindi cinema with this new venture.
“At Shochiku, we have quite a few first time efforts to our credit that have changed the map of cinema in Japan.“In joining hands with Window Seat Films, we have begun yet another first time effort of working closely with popular Hindi cinema. We view this as a huge opportunity and hope to lay the foundation for creative, quality films with this venture.”