Actress-turned-producer Priyanka Chopra has announced three films in Sikkimese, Konkani and Hindi, all dedicated to children. The films will be produced by Priyanka’s banner, Purple Pebble Pictures. Says Priyanka, “This time, the road less travelled has taken me into the wonderful world of children. It is a world where innocence, love and simplicity rule. This is a genre that I have always been very excited about and I’m so glad that I am in a position today to do something meaningful in this space. India is a treasure trove of amazing stories that we all have grown up on. These are across all our languages and well entrenched in our memories. Each one resonates because we can relate to them. The films we are producing will find a similar echo in each child’s heart.”
The tiny state of Sikkim also ventures into the film industry with Pahuna. With support from the Sikkim government, filming will start from March. And Priyanka has CM, Dr Pawan Kumar Chamling, Minister of Culture G M Gurung and Tourism Minister Ugen T Gyatso to thank for the co-operation. The cast and many of the technicians are from Sikkim, making Pahuna a truly Sikkimese film. “It’s so encouraging to see the depth of local talent in Sikkim. We’re honoured that the local government is extending their support to Pahuna. Together we hope to provide opportunities for the creative talent in Sikkim. We’re looking at more such partnerships with other states as well.” adds Priyanka.
All the three films have been written, directed and produced by an all-women team. Adds Priyanka, “It has been such an enriching experience to work with these incredibly talented women. Each one has created a world which is magical and draws you right in. I’m truly looking forward to working with my all woman team.”
The films are:
PAHUNA – Sikkimese: Written and Directed by Paakhi Tyrewala
LITTLE JOE, KAHA HO? – Konkani & Hindi: Written and Directed by Suvrata Nasnodkar
ALMASEER (Working Title) – Hindi: Written and Directed by Laura Mishra