Golden Ratio supports Pa. Ranjith for the film and the series “Vettuvam”
Indian activist filmmaker Pa. Ranjith is set to begin production later this year on ‘Vettuvam’ (aka ‘The Hunted’), a film and TV series about resisting injustice and largely set in a prison .
The projects are backed by Golden Ratio Films, the film production arm of Vistas Media Capital, and Neelam Studios.
The story involves a rural gangster, who is a modern-day Robin Hood to his people, but surrenders to the police in order to avoid his enemies. What he finds in the prison system is far worse.
The Tamil language film will come first, followed by the series. Principal photography will begin in South India in August this year, with the intention of releasing the completed film in 2023. The producers are Ranjith, Abhayanand Singh, Piiyush Singh, Saurabh Gupta and Aditi Anand. Co-producers are Ashwini Chaudhary and Parul Singh.
The series for broadcast and streaming audiences will follow a unique structure in which each episode takes the point of view of a different character who was introduced in the film.
Ranjith moved from assistant director to his 2012 debut with “Attakathi,” a lighthearted portrayal of underworld culture. He’s been busy ever since, with credits such as ‘Kabali,’ about oppressed Muslims and Hindus in Malaysia, which grossed $38 million worldwide; 2018’s “Kaala,” about Mumbai slum dwellers resisting and holding onto their land against greedy corporate builders; and the sports action drama “Sarpetta Parambarai,” set in the boxing culture of 1970s North Madras. He also has a completed romance film awaiting release.
Vistas Media Capital bills itself as a Singapore-based global media content and technology company led by group co-founder and CEO Abhayanand Singh. It operates in the production, distribution and financing of films in India, Southeast Asia and, increasingly, in Hollywood.
Its Golden Ratio Films unit has produced and released a dozen Indian films in various formats and languages over the past four years and recently partnered with Appian Way (“The Revenant”, “Robin Hood”, “The Aviator”) to co-finance and co-produce “Pep”, a biographical feature film about legendary boxer Willie Pep.
Golden Ratio has also invested in the road horror film “Son” starring Andi Matichak (from the Halloween franchise) and Emile Hirsch which was released in 2021.
Neelam is a newly established company led by Ranjith and Aditi Anand. It develops feature films and content on contemporary topics in multiple languages.