ABS-CBN exporting box office hits to Bollywood

Published October 17, 2021, 7:00 PM

by James A. Loyola

ABS-CBN Film Productions, a unit of ABS-CBN Corp. and the Philippines’ leading movie outfit, is exporting its box office hits to India for adaptation in Bollywood.

In a statement, ABS-CBN said it is forging a deal with India’s Global One Studios for the adaptation of five of its box office hits in one of the world’s largest cinema hubs.

The deal, which will involve five movies top-billed by Philippines’ box office stars, marks the first time for Filipino movies to be adapted in India, where its multi-billion-dollar cinema market produces about 800 films and sells about four billion tickets.

“We are thrilled to have our movies adapted for the Indian market. It is a welcome opportunity for ABS-CBN Films to share our well-loved and heartfelt Philippine stories and become a source of inspiration for global audiences,” ABS-CBN Films Managing Director Olivia Lamasan said.

She noted that, “The Philippines and India share many common values, among which is the strong love for family, that resonate in our films and will soon be experienced by the people of India.”

“We are happy to be associated with ABS-CBN Films to bring their well-crafted love stories to the people of India by adapting their heartrending films in Indian languages,” said Global One Studios President Ramesh Krishnamoorthy.

He added that, “Family bonding and cultural values are common to both Philippines and India, which are captured seamlessly in their films.”

“This will be the first time that five Filipino films will be remade in India and we are excited to join hands with ABS-CBN to showcase their relationship stories with the same intense and emotions through our films,” Krishnamoorthy said.

Global One Studios is slated to produce the remake of top-grossing films Barcelona: A Love Untold, Can’t Help Falling In Love, Crazy Beautiful You, She’s Dating The Gangster, and The Hows Of Us, which was the highest-grossing film in the Philippines in 2018.

The multi-adaptation deal is in line with ABS-CBN’s pursuit to expand globally by bringing its content across different continents and platforms and championing the Filipino talent in the international arena.

 
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