Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group is launching a new division, Hyde Park Entertainment Asia which will have an ongoing commitment to Indian and Asian filmmakers, producing producing prolific film and TV projects for global audiences.
This continues Hyde Park’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, with the division’s first slate focusing on Indian stories for both English-and local-language audiences. The company will expand its production operations, headquartered in LA, by adding an Asian base in Chennai, India. This joins Hyde Park’s European oﬃces in London. Hyde Park and Image Nation Abu Dhabi are continuing their long-term film financing partnership.
“Now more than ever the Hollywood dream needs to be multicultural and all inclusive,” says Amritraj, “I look forward to collaborating with wonderful Indian and Asian talent long into the future to tell unique and authentic stories that reflect our global world.”
Amritraj has been a pioneering force in building film and cultural bridges between the East and West for the past 35 years and has been mentoring young filmmakers and developing projects in Asia since 1990.
In 2016 he was appointed the first U.N. India Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2018, by decree of the President of the Republic of France, Amritraj was appointed a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre National du Mérite, bestowed in recognition of contributions to the arts in France and worldwide.
Hyde Park has been behind such pics as Disney’s Bringing Down the House, Sony’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Original Sin, Bandits, the feature adaptation of the Steve Martin novella Shopgirl, and the Dwayne Johnson action pic Walking Tall, and Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, as well as the award lauded 99 Homes which earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Michael Shannon in a supporting role as a fierce real estate tycoon.
Hyde Park Entertainment Asia’s initial slate includes:
Pashmina: A large-scale animated musical feature with Netflix in the vein of COCO. Based on the bestselling graphic novel by Nidhi Chanani, Pashmina is a magical story of family and cultural connection with Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Sundance hit Blinded by the Light) on-board to direct.
Break the Room with Paul Feig: Hyde Park is developing an Indian-American half hour comedy series like FRESH OFF THE BOAT with Paul Feig’s Diversity Initiative Powderkeg and ShivHans Pictures from writers Sameer Gardezi (Modern Family) and Jimy Shah.
Maximum City: A sweeping franchise of films in the vein of TRAFFIC based on the Pulitzer Prize finalist book by Suketu Mehta that explores the interconnecting power, politics, and criminal underworld of Mumbai. Auteur filmmaker Anurag Kashyap (Netflix’s Sacred Games, Gangs Of Wasseypur) will be the showrunner and director and Good Bad Films LLP will co- produce with Hyde Park.
Paradise Towers: A drama series adaptation of Shweta Bachchan Nanda’s bestselling novel about the intertwining lives, forbidden romances, and mounting tensions between neighbors in an exclusive Mumbai apartment complex. One of India’s most celebrated directors, Zoya Akhtar (Amazon’s Made in Heaven) brings the project to the screen alongside Hyde Park Entertainment. Shweta Bachchan-Nanda is a columnist for Vogue and daughter of Indian superstars Jaya & Amitabh Bachchan.
The Conch Bearer: A YA-Fantasy series adapted from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s bestselling trilogy that follows a young boy on a magical adventure that has been compared to HARRY POTTER for India. Imtiaz Ali (Highway, Rockstar), one of India’s most prominent filmmakers will be the show runner and direct the pilot for the series. It will be produced by Hyde Park Entertainment and Window Seat Films, LLP (a JV between India’s premier film studio, Reliance Entertainment & Imtiaz Ali).
Deb: An 8-part television series from renowned writer-director Nagesh Kukunoor, whose film DHANK won the Crystal Bear Grand Prix at the Berlin International Film Festival. In the vein of ‘CONSTANTINE’, the series is a modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller rooted in ancient Indian mythology.