Is Another Cross-Cultural RomCom Like ‘Crazy, Rich Asians’ in the Works?

In the genre of romcoms, like other types of films in recent years, there has been an attempt to include more diverse stories. The typical white, heterosexual couple has been replaced with couples reflective of their real-world counterparts who belong to varied identity groups. A new addition to this growing list of movies, that boasts stories like Crazy Rich Asians and The Big Sick is now heading to Bollywood. 

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 10: Deepika Padukone attends the screening of "Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer Et Courir Vite)" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 10, 2018 in Cannes, France.
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Deepika Padukone will star in the said romcom

The Indian actor, Deepika Padukone, was seen in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage in 2018. The movie was her debut as a lead actor in an English-language film. Known for her international appeal and fashionista appearances at the MET Gala and Cannes Film Festival in recent years, the actor has also been a part of many successful Bollywood films. She has in her kit, a mix of both commercial and critical successes that have made her more popular globally.

Beginning her career as a model, Padukone impressed many critics with her work in films like Piku, which highlights a special father-daughter relationship. She is famously known for her role in many grand Sanjay Leela Bhansali films like Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani, and Padmaavat.

Padukone, recently, played the role of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attack survivor in the latter’s biographical movie Chhapaak. Also currently working on the Hindi remake of the Anne Hathaway film The Intern, Padukone is one of the highest-paid female actors in India.

The unnamed romcom will feature Padukone as the lead, Deadline reported. 

But that is not all.

Padukone is also a producer on the film

The actor has been slowly working on more projects with her production company, Ka Productions, which debuted with her movie Chhapaak. Ka Productions will partner with STXfilms, a part of Eros STX Global Corporations, and Temple Hill Productions for the movie. 

Padukone’s company has focused on Hindi language projects and the rom-com would be its first venture in English-language films.

“Ka Productions was founded with the aim to develop and produce purposeful content with global appeal,” Deadline reported Padukone saying. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with STXfilms and Temple Hill Productions, who share Ka’s ambition and creative vision and look forward to bringing impactful and dynamic cross-cultural stories to the world.”

What else do we know about the film?

STXfilms Motion Picture Group chairman, Adam Fogelson, announced the movie along with the detail that it would be a cross-cultural story centered around Padukone.

“While she[Padukone] has been a phenomenal success in many Eros International films, we are thrilled to be building a romantic comedy with her and our friends at Temple Hill,” Fogelson said. “We believe this project gives us the opportunity to tap into the spirit, voice, characters, and vibrant settings of India and New York in ways that made Crazy Rich Asians feel so authentic and fresh.”

Fogelson also revealed that they were in talks with Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, of Twilight and The Fault in our Stars fame, to develop the project.

While more details about the movie haven’t taken shape, the movie certainly gives a huge platform for both Bollywood and English movies fans to come together.

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