Actress Priyanka Chopra’s production house Purple Pebble Pictures in association with Sikkim Tourism Ministry today launched the first Sikkimese film Pahuna.
Pahuna is a story about the love, strength and courage of three Nepali children who get separated from their parents, while fleeing the Maoist agitation from Nepal to Sikkim.
The entire cast and many of the technicians are from Sikkim.
“This is a genre that I have always been very excited about and I am glad that I am in a position today to do something meaningful in this space. We are honoured that the local government have extended their support to ‘Pahuna’,” Priyanka said in a statement.
The production on the film has already begun.
Madhu said: “When we started out with ‘Pahuna’, I thought it would not be possible to shoot the movie in Sikkim since ‘it’s a remote place in the Himalayas but the film’s director Paakhi, producer and the CEO of Purple Pebble Pictures were all very confident of shooting the movie at Sikkim, also because the film features Sikkimese cast and crew.”
“After having visited the beautiful place, I’ve realised that the place is not remote or inaccessible. It’s a place everybody in their lifetime should visit. I believe film industry should showcase Sikkim not just as a beautiful place but also give opportunities to the talented people out here,” she added.
Beginning this year, PPP had announced its foray into children’s cinema by launching three films in Sikkimese, Konkani and Hindi.
Purple Pebble Pictures (PPP) is a film production company established by actor and co-producer Priyanka Chopra. It is located in Mumbai, Maharastra, India. The company aims on producing small budget films and promoting new talents such as writers, actors, directors, and technicians.
In 2016, the company produced the critically acclaimed comedy-drama Ventilator.
The company released its first project in 2016, the mobile series It’s My City, a sitcom about four girls living in an apartment owned by Priyanka Chopra. Co-produced with Endemol Shine India, it guest starred Chopra as herself (an official landlady, unofficial guardian and protective friend to the girls).The company next produced a Bhojpuri film entitled Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi, which was released on 10 June 2016.
The company next produced the Marathi film Ventilator, which was released on 4 November 2016. The film featured an ensemble cast of more than 100 actors from Marathi cinema and theatre background including Ashutosh Gowariker, and Jitendra Joshi. Written and directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, the film tells the story of a joint family whose eldest and the most respected member is hospitalised before the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The film received critical acclaim and performed well at the box office.
A Punjabi film Sarvann starring Amrinder Gill was released in January 2017.
Purple Pebble Pictures has several projects at the various stages of production. A Marathi film Kay Re Rascalaa began photography in January 2017. The company will be also producing three Children’s films— the Sikkimese film Pahuna, the Konkani film Little Joe, Kaha Ho? and their first Hindi film Almaseer— all of which will be directed by female directors.
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