It looks like Priyanka Chopra has some great plans lined up in the New Year. To start with the actress has announced her next Marathi production under her banner, Purple Pebble Pictures. Titled Firebrand, the film will be directed by National Award winning writer and director Aruna Raje, a firebrand director herself, best known for her 1988 Hema Malini starrer, Rihahee. The film will also mark Raje’s foray into Marathi cinema. This will be the third Marathi film from Priyanka’s banner, Purple Pebble Pictures, the last being the Marathi comedy Kaay Re Rascala. However it was her award-winning Marathi production, Ventilator that made headlines with the way it was acclaimed by both the national and the international audiences.
Raje in a statement revealed that the film was a take on relationships, “Firebrand is a contemporary story about relationships and the highs and lows people deal with in their lives,” she said, adding that she was delighted to collaborate with the team of Priyanka Chopra and Madhu Chopra, “I am glad that Priyanka Chopra and Dr Madhu Chopra are focussing on regional cinema and backing unusual and good subjects in an endeavour to create meaningful cinema,” she said.
Firebrand boasts of a formidable cast of veteran actors from Marathi cinema including Usha Jadhav, Girish Kulkarni, Sachin Khedekar and Rajeshwari Sachdev. While Usha Jadhav will be seen playing the role of a successful lawyer Sunanda Raut, Girish Kulkarni will essay the role of her husband Madhav Patkar, an architect by profession. Sachin Khedekar and Rajeshwari Sachdev play a couple in the movie which is high on drama.
Priyanka’s mother, Dr Madhu Chopra, described it as s subject with high emotional values, which was also evident in the banner’s award-winning film, Ventilator, “The general acceptance from the family audience for Ventilator has once again reinstated my faith in backing scripts with high emotional values, interesting characters and are entertaining at the same time.”
Last year Priyanka Chopra had announced three regional children films all with women directors to be produced under her banner. The actress had later said that the decision had everything to do with the fact that she wanted to hail woman power and talent.
The collaboration between Priyanka and Madhu Chopra and Aruna Raje, would be interesting considering that Aruna Raje has always celebrated woman power on screen and Priyanka Chopra besides establishing her distinct identity as an international icon, has always encouraged talented woman directors for her production house. Last year the actress had made headlines when she announced three regional children films all with women directors to be produced by her banner. Priyanka had later said that the decision had everything to do with the fact that she wanted to hail woman power and talent.