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Dhanush starrer Ilaiyaraaja biopic to be first film from Mercuri Movies-Connekkt Media Rs 925 Crore partnership

en Bollywood News Dhanush starrer Ilaiyaraaja biopic to be first film from Mercuri Movies-Connekkt Media Rs 925 Crore partnership

South Cinema fans rejoice! Connekkt Media and Mercuri Group's Rs. 925 crores partnership will bring mega-budget films with megastars.

Embarking on an exciting Cinematic Partnership, Connekkt Media and Mercuri are delighted to announce a transformative collaboration, bringing forth a slate of multiple mega-budget films which are set to enthral audiences over the next three years. Connekkt Media will be the studio for the films and Connekkt Media and Mercuri Group will be Producing the Films together.

Dhanush starrer Ilaiyaraaja biopic to be first film from Mercuri Movies-Connekkt Media Rs 925 Crore partnership

Dhanush starrer Ilaiyaraaja biopic to be first film from Mercuri Movies-Connekkt Media Rs 925 Crore partnership

Mercuri Group India has unveiled a specialized unit, Mercuri Movies, in collaboration with Connekkt Media with a focus on leveraging the Entertainment and Content Businesses in the South. This partnership will open a whole new world of Content Creation in South Cinema, besides Streaming Content, Original Content IPs and other formats and explore opportunities in the wholesome South Entertainment Business. The first film in this thrilling partnership is the much-anticipated official biopic based on the life and times of the Music Maestro, Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja with the very versatile and talented Dhanush portraying the legendary Composer on Screen. Filming for the same is scheduled to commence in October 2024 with the release slated for mid-2025.

The partnership will be a catalyst in bringing best-in-class global practices and structured studio production to the cinema and entertainment industry in the South. The combination of the leading creative capability of South Cinema with these global best practices will deliver significant business growth over the next decade. The partnership will be based out of Chennai and ably led by Shri. Ilamparithy Gajendran.

Southern entertainment industry releases more than 900 movies in a year and has taken a big leap in the Indian entertainment industry and has started leading the way in terms of original content creation especially post the pandemic. Commenting on the association, Connekkt Media’s Varun Mathur said “Mercuri is one of the most reputed names in the global entertainment space and has been an amazing partner to us and we are thrilled to be joining hands with them to produce multiple mega-budget films starting with the biopic of a music legend unlike any other. The Indian Media and Entertainment industry is at a very important juncture, with the next two decades poised for amazing growth. As a national studio our partnership with Mercuri places us is a great position to deliver enthralling content to millions of fans in India and globally during this very exciting phase.”

Sriram Bakthisaran, MD & Group CEO, Mercuri says “A resurgence of quality content from the region which is home to the four thriving film industries besides a large entertainment-hungry viewership, a larger than life fan following base seen nowhere in the world and the content coming out from this region fast attracting global interests and gaining prominence on pan India scale and with our already significant presence in the south market having serviced some of the biggest production houses and the celebrities in the past, we feel we are better placed to expand our offerings than before as we jointly venture out to feed all stakeholders including the consumer. As Mercuri has all the experience and know-how with their global exposure, am very confident that this collaboration will further elevate the best practices and production standards being used in the business.” said Sriram.

He further added, “In Connekkt Media, we not only have a trusted partner for this venture but also a clear and strong understanding of the entertainment industry and excellent relationships with various stakeholders in the industry.” This first-of-its-kind specialized unit will design, assemble, create, develop, and execute content in collaboration with Connekkt Media.

Also Read: BREAKING: Dhanush to play the lead in the biopic of LEGENDARY music maestro Ilaiyaraaja


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