Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali of Jab We Met fame, has joined hands with a Japanese conglomerate Shochiku to produce a romantic Hindi film titled Love In Tokyo, reports PTI. The film to be directed by Imtiaz’s brother Arif Ali, will be co-produced by Imtiaz’s Window Seat Films and Shochiku. It will be shot in Japan. The shooting will be held this summer and autumn. The cast and crew of the film will have representations from both the countries.
“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 told the news agency.
Arif, has earlier directed Lekar Hum Deewana Dil that sank without a trace, but Imtiaz is unperturbed. The producer-director also informs that the story was conceived by him and it was Arif who developed it. “I have seen Arif’s work in theatre and his writing for television. Lekar Hum Deewana Dil did not do well but the industry gives you many chances if the movie is good. His film was good but it could not reach out to the audience. He was always my choice to make this film,” said Imtiaz whose forthcoming stars Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma tentatively titled The Ring.
Love In Tokyo is not a remake of the 1966 Hindi film that starred Joy Mukherjee and Asha Parekh, Imtiaz clears it out. Mitsuhito Hosoda, the Deputy CEO of Shochiku, on his part is excited with the prospect of this collaboration. “At Shochiku, we have quite a few first time efforts to our credit that have changed the map of cinema in Japan. We produced the first ever colour motion picture in our country and have bridged enduring tradition with modern tastes by retaining interest in Kabuki theatre,” he said.
“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,” Hosoda added.
(With inputs from PTI)