Akshay's production house ventures into regional cinema

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 11:15 hrs

After taking the nation by a storm with their first production, OMG Oh My God, Grazing Goat Pictures co-producers Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi have now forayed into regional cinema.

They will be doing a Marathi film called 72 Miles - Ek Pravas, which is based on Ashok Vatkar's autobiography.

When quizzed about it, Akshay recalled his Marathi connect. "During a bus journey, the conductor told me to move ahead in Marathi, a language I didn't know at the time. I had just stood there and it had annoyed him," said Akshay.

"That's when I decided to learn the language. I think it's very important to know the language of the place you consider home."

"I always wanted to make a good Marathi film for my grandfather [who was one of V Shantaram's partners in Prabhat Film Company in the 1920s] and father," said Ashvini.

Besides 72 Miles - Ek Pravas, there's also a plan to make a sequel to OMG! Oh My God starring Paresh Rawal. 

"We had a wonderful time making the film [OMG! Oh My God] and would like to take our association further," said Akshay. "Kanjibhai as a character has become iconic and there is more scope to get him to fight more issues."

When asked if he is also planning a film in his mother tongue (Punjabi), the actor-producer said, "Yes, we are. While the first Marathi film is nearing completion, the Punjabi film is still being scripted. So you'll hear about it in good time too. We will soon be getting into Bengali and the south markets as well."

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