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SOULMATE (article first published : 2003-09-24)

CEO of Videovision Entertainment, Anant Singh has announced that Kamran Pasha will be adapting Deepak Chopra’s fiction novel Soulmate for the big screen. Videovision Entertainment acquired the film rights to Soulmate from Chopra earlier this year and this marks the first business collaboration between Singh and Chopra who have been friends for a number of years.

Soulmate follows the life of a doctor who loses the love of his life, his “soul mate” and this sparks off other crisis in his life. The novel delves into the concept of life and love after death and of people being contacted from the spiritual realm. Speaking of how he was attracted to the novel’s film potential, Anat Singh said: “Soulmate contains the love story of Ghost, the despair of the grieving person who is devastated by having to continue life alone as depicted in Truly Madly Deeply and the communication and interaction with another dimension which was portrayed in The Sixth Sense.”

Kamran Pasha’s spec script Taj Mahal recently sold to Warner Brothers. The film is a historical epic based on the love story behind the Taj Mahal. A former journalist for the AP followed by a stint as an attorney, Pasha first found success as a Hollywood writer in 2001 when two of his television spec scripts were picked up by Paramount for the science fiction series 7 Days. He subsequently served as a writer on UPN’s version of The Twilight Zone from 2002-2003.

Deepak Chopra is a world leader in the field of mind-body medicine and best-selling author who has written over 35 books which have been translated into the same number of languages. He is the Founder of The Chopra Center for Well Being and serves as the Centre’s CEO. Chopra’s foray into fictional writing began in 1995 with The Return Of Merlin, the motion picture rights of which was also acquired by Videovision Entertainment.

“Deepak is an exceptional writer and we are delighted to have acquired the film rights to Soulmate which will make a great film,” said Anant Singh. “Kamran is a relative newcomer to the film world, however he is an extremely talented writer. I came across Kamran having read Taj Mahal and immediately identified him as the ideal writer for Soulmate. He has a special feel for the project and the screenplay will combine his writing ability and the insight of Chopra. We are thrilled to be working with both Kamran and Deepak on this exciting project,” continued Singh.

Deepak Chopra comments: “I was thoroughly impressed with Kamran’s work and having met him and discussed Soulmate, I am confident that he is the best person to adapt the book for the silver screen. He has a passion for film and for Soulmate.”

“I have been a huge fan of Deepak Chopra’s writing for years,” added Pasha. “It is a great honour to work with Deepak and Videovision Entertainment to bring Soulmate, a powerful love story with a moving spiritual message, to the big screen.”




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