Los Angeles -- Principal photography has begun on BROKEN HORSES, written and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Acclaimed Indian filmmaker Chopra's first English language film stars Vincent D'Onofrio (FULL METAL JACKET, MEN IN BLACK), Anton Yelchin (LIKE CRAZY, STAR TREK) and Chris Marquette (ALPHA DOG, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR). The supporting cast includes Spanish star Maria Valverde, Thomas Jane, and Sean Patrick Flanery.
Reliance Entertainment is financing the independent film, which is shooting on locations in the greater Los Angeles area. Broken Horses is produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Subhash Dhar and Mandeville Films partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.
Based on an original story by Chopra, the screenplay for BROKEN HORSES is written by Chopra and award-winning writer Abhijat Joshi (EKLAVYA - THE ROYAL GUARD, 3 IDIOTS). Set in the shadows of the US-Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence.
Chopra's BROKEN HORSES team includes Oscar®-nominated Tom Stern (THE HUNGER GAMES, CHANGELING, and MILLION DOLLAR BABY) as the Director of Photography, Toby Corbett (CROSSING OVER, BAD LIEUTENANT) as Production Designer and Emmy-nominated Mary Vogt (MEN IN BLACK 3, BATMAN RETURN) as Costume Designer.
"I am delighted to be part of an exemplary collaborative effort between the cast and the crew of BROKEN HORSES," said Vidhu Vinod Chopra. "I am honored to be working with such a talented group of people. This is special."
Chopra's last production, 3 IDIOTS is India's all-time highest grossing film. Chopra is the recipient of India's prestigious National Awards and was nominated for an Oscar for his first documentary feature. Vinod Chopra Films is one of India's leading film production companies, having produced and presented some of India's most iconic feature films over the last three decades. Since its founding in 1977, the company has produced and released a total of 12 films.
Since its founding in 1995, Mandeville Films has produced feature films that have grossed well over $1 billion in domestic box office receipts. Their recent productions include the critically-hailed Academy Award-nominated feature THE FIGHTER starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, directed by David O. Russell. The film earned a host of awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Mandeville also produced the hit film THE MUPPETS and earned the Academy Award for Best Song. They are currently in pre-production on THE MUPPETS 2.
Reliance Entertainment is a media and entertainment company in film production, distribution, and exhibition including broadcasting and new media ventures engaged in Film Services: Motion Picture Processing and DI; Film Restoration and Image Enhancement; 3D; Digital Mastering: Studios and Equipment rentals; Visual Effects; Animation; and TV Post Production, with presence across India, the US, UK, Russia and Japan. Reliance Entertainment has partnered with Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider on the formation of DreamWorks Studios
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Jab Tak Hai Jaan's overseas gross is $7.6 million (41.7 million crore)--the strongest opening weekend ever for any Bollywood film playing abroad.
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Monday Update: Yash Raj Films reports that Jab Tak Hai Jaan took in $1.283 million from 160 locations. during its first weekend of release in North America. Final numbers are still coming in, but that should be good enough for a 10th place finish.
Saturday Update: Boxoffice.com is projecting that Jab Tak Hai Jaan will earn $1.85 million in North America this weekend, which will be enough to put it in the top 10. The last film from India to crack the North American top 10 during a weekend was Housefull 2 this past April.
Notes: These grosses come from areas with reliable reporting. They do not represent the entire country.
Source: Box Office India