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“MR. BONES” TAKES INDIA (article first published : 2007-04-13)

Film producer Anant Singh announced at a recent press conference in Mumbai, India, that the sequel to the hit comedy, Mr. Bones will be partly shot on location in the Indian subcontinent as a co-production with an Indian production company. The announcement comes after a ten-day recce and location scouting exercise by Leon Schuster and Gray Hofmeyr.

Speaking at the press conference, Anant Singh said, “Mr Bones was very popular with Indian audiences, both in theatres and on TV, and it was dubbed into Hindi and other local languages. We are thrilled to be doing a film in India which has the largest film industry in the world, making more movies than Hollywood, and which is supported by a vast audience from a population of more than a billion people.

“It makes perfect sense for Mr Bones, a White African Sangoma, to end up in India to continue his journey in an exotic location and to create his brand of chaos. We have also had fruitful discussions with potential co-production partners among whom are Mohan Shetty of AdLabs, Bobby Bedi of Kaleidoskope Entertainment and Ronnie Screwvalla of UTV.”

Leon Schuster commented, “The Indian audience enjoy visual humour and I am thrilled that they embraced Mr. Bones. Just looking around the country, the people and all the goings-on, Gray and I already have some really great ideas for a really hilarious and amusing script. I am truly looking forward to my Indian adventure.”

The sequel to Mr. Bones is scheduled to be shot in India later this year and marks the first time that a South Africa/India co-production would be shot in both South Africa and India and the production is an extension of the significant economic and cultural ties that the countries have developed.




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