Rana Daggubati

Rana Daggubati will be next seen in a trilingual project titled “Haathi Mere Saathi.” The film is a tribute to the 1971 classic and will roll in January 2018. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—Eros International’s Trinity Pictures has announced its next franchise film, “Haathi Mere Saathi.” The award-winning director Prabhu Solomon (of “Kumki” and “Mynaa” fame)’s trilingual project stars Rana Daggubati, and is a tribute to the 1971 classic. The film will roll in January 2018.

The trilingual film will be shot in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil. The brand-new story inspired by true events will be commencing shooting in Thailand along with various locations across India. The film will be mounted on a scale with never-seen-before visual effects in this genre.

Ajit Thakur, CEO, Trinity Pictures, said, “Continuing to build our promise of mega-franchises based on completely new and contemporary stories, we are very excited to announce this film. I have been always inspired by this space and it’s a dream to create a true-blue animal film signifying a deep and strong bond between humans and animals. Elephants, the largest land animals on the planet, are among the most expressive of creatures. These giants can depict the finest emotions that reside in them like joy, anger, grief, compassion and love. We are hoping to present a truly enjoyable, entertaining and thought-provoking animal film for all ages. And with Prabhu Solomon’s passion and Rana Daggubati’s star power, we have the best team on board to realize this dream.”

Director Solomon said, “I once again commence a journey with one of my favorite subjects – elephants. Elephants are truly amazing, intelligent and magnificent creatures and humans can take notes from the way they live, think, act and love. It will be quite exciting and I’m looking forward to the experience.”

Daggubati added, “There’s a very exciting physical language to the character I'm playing and something different from what I’ve done in the past. I’ve always wanted to be a part of content that can travel across the country, and am very happy that Trinity is backing cinema of this genre. It’s a rare story about the relevance of nature in our lives, narrated through a wonderful relationship between man and elephant. This story is definitely another of those rare challenges. Prabhu Solomon’s passion for nature and elephants makes him probably the finest craftsman in the country who can handle a story like this.” The film will release Diwali 2018.

Trinity Pictures, Eros International’s motion pictures production division, launched in February 2015, is India’s first and only character-driven franchise feature studio. Trinity Pictures furthers the company’s endeavor to invest in developing intellectual property in-house. With a focus on creating fresh concepts in new spaces, Trinity is also the first Bollywood studio in India with a dedicated in-house team of writers in the ‘Trinity Writers’ Room.' Trinity will leverage its characters across entertainment, publishing, licensing and digital.

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