The Hollywood blockbuster “Captain Phillips” is set to be released in India in January, with the film featuring India’s top stars, including Bollywood legend and director Ravi Shankar, Bollywood singer and actor Anupam Kher and the actor Amitabh Bachchan.
The movie is expected to attract a whopping $500 million in the country, with an additional $200 million coming from foreign distributors.
According to industry sources, a key question raised by the film’s producers is the identity of the actors, with actors like Anupams Kher, Ravi and Amitabhrachan being the most likely candidates for the role of Captain Phillips, given the fact that they have starred in many Bollywood films.
The Indian films industry, however, has also raised its concerns about the film, with a spokesperson of the India Film and Television Producers’ Association (IFTPA) saying that the producers have not received any notification on the film from the Indian Film Council.
The spokesperson added that the industry body is currently examining the film.
According the latest IFPTA figures, the Indian film industry’s total revenue in 2016 was Rs. 6,000 crore, which includes foreign films.
This year, Indian film production industry has seen a decline of nearly 10 per cent, to Rs. 8,700 crore, the IFPT said.
In 2016, India recorded nearly 2,500 foreign films, a record high.
According, industry sources at the IFTPA, the film industry is in the process of registering a complaint with the Ministry of Home Affairs about the inclusion of Bollywood celebrities.
A spokesperson for the ministry did not respond to requests for comment.
The film industry has also been trying to reach out to Bollywood actors and filmmakers to ensure that the film is released in the best possible manner.