Noted Bollywood filmmakers Gauri Shinde (Writer/Director – English Vinglish and Dear Zindagi) and R Balki (Writer/Director Cheeni Kum, Paa, Shamitabh, Ki & Ka and Padman; Writer/Creative Director – Mission Mangal) started their production company Hope. The production has partnered with media stalwart Pranab Kapadia as a co-producer for the upcoming films.
R Balki and Gauri Shinde’s production company Hope Productions
Founded in 2011, following the success of Chinese Kum and Paa, ‘Hope Productions’ was born with the idea of providing a platform to create and shape quality content, launch new talent and tell original storytelling without any compromise. English Vinglish was the first superhit film under the banner of Hope Productions. The production house has several successful films in its roster, including the critically acclaimed English Vinglish, Padman, Ki & Ka, Dear Zindagi, Mission Mangal among others. And is also known for a wide range of popular television commercials.
A seasoned media professional, Pranab Kapadia has a career experience of over 22 years in the industry. Starting with Zee, Pranab enjoyed his next stint leading the UK subsidiary of Reliance-owned Adlabs, and eventually moved on to Eros International as President Distribution – International. In 2020, he also founded Moviegoers Entertainment Limited – a UK based media distribution company that will continue to pursue other film and TV business opportunities such as overseas distribution of content, business development of OTT digital aggregators and music publishing monetization activities, etc.
Commenting on the association, Pranab Kapadia said, “I am honored and delighted to be collaborating with India’s finest, most talented, creative powerhouse duo of Gauri Shinde and R Balki. Their commercial success is notable for their unique style of storytelling, creating entertaining content and topics considered taboo. After successfully producing award-winning feature films and commercials, receiving numerous accolades at prestigious film festivals around the world, his production company Hope Productions is now on the cusp of growth and I am excited to lead it. “
R Balki said, “Gauri and I are very happy to announce that Pranab will be partnering with us in our future ventures, starting with a thriller directed by me, which will begin shooting in July this year. Later three films will be planned for 2022. We have known Pranab for almost 10 years and we have always admired his desire to create films and content that not only break the barriers of tradition but also tell new stories, which complement his business acumen. Pranab has always believed that we need to keep earning the right to tell the stories we want, and this complements this partnership. With his vast commercial experience and his inherent love for films, there can be no better person than Pranab to help scale up Hope Productions. “
A natural and symbiotic collaboration between Gauri Shinde and R Balki along with Pranab Kapadia is expected to fuel the visionary and ambitious endeavors of Hope Productions.