Lara Dutta, Prateik Babbar in remake of Casual for Lionsgate Play’s first Indian original


Actors Lara Dutta and Prateik Babbar have come on board to function in Lionsgate Play’s first Indian original, a remake of the comedy-drama sequence Casual.

Global streaming platform STARZ, which launched its Lionsgate Play direct-to-consumer OTT app final yr, has partnered with Lionsgate Television (LGTV) on the sequence.

The present can be helmed by director Kunal Kohli, identified for movies like 2004 romantic-comedy Hum Tum and famous person Aamir Khan-starrer 2006 drama Fanaa.

“Partnering with Lionsgate Television to kick off our first original series tailored for the Indian and South Asian market is the next step in curating our offering for our subscriber base who resonates with our bold, unique and defining series that make up our ‘Best of Global SVOD’ content strategy,” Jeffrey Hirsch, Starz President and CEO mentioned in a press release.

The 2015 original present, created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman, chronicled the story of a newly divorced single mom residing together with her brother and her daughter, navigating the world of relationship.

The remake of Causal will kick off Lionsgate Play’s first original slate of dramas, comedies, crime and motion sequence for the Indian and South Asian market.

Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate Television Group Chairman, mentioned the launch of Lionsgate Play’s first slate of original sequence in the nation is the “next logical step” in the expansion of the platform.

“Our ability to kick off the Lionsgate Play original slate with the remake of a great intellectual property like Casual, with a renowned director and world-class stars, shows what we can achieve through the continued collaboration of our STARZ, Lionsgate Television and Lionsgate India businesses,” the assertion learn.

Rohit Jain, Managing Director South Asia and Networks – Emerging Markets Asia, mentioned the group is dedicated to bringing thrilling premium content material to India and different South Asian international locations.

“We’re excited to launch our first line-up of original series with a great slate of accomplished writers, directors and actors as we continue to broaden and diversify our strong and exceptionally well-curated content offering,” Jain mentioned.

Dutta can be subsequent seen in the upcoming Akshay Kumar-starrer spy-thriller Bellbottom, whereas Babbar will function in filmmaker Sanjay Gupta’s gangster drama Mumbai Saga, set to open theatrically on March 19.


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