Director Abhinav Kashyap will be shooting his next film in the land of Kangaroos, Australia.  Abhinav had earlier told that he would be shooting his next, tentatively titled Project 18, in an urban Indian location or even abroad. This is quite a shift for the director who had made his debut with the rustic action film, Dabangg.

Abhinav Kashyap, Australian Director Bill Bennett

And in a quid pro quo of sorts, Australian director Bill Bennett (Kiss or Kill, Two If By Sea) has decided to shoot his next thriller completely in India. Both announcements were made at the end of the inaugural Australian Film Festival and Film Seminars.

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, the co-producer of Abhinav’s film, has also announced that it will formally start collaborations with Australia with long term aims to utilize funding and grants from Australia and investment into Indo-Australian projects.  Moreover, Abhinav Kashyap’s film, which will be principally shot in Australia, will also be structured to receive maximum benefits from Australia. Australia’s award winning production company Temple will be the Australian production company for Viacom 18 Motion Pictures for this and other slate of projects.  After 2010’s biggest hit ‘Dabanng’, Abhinav’s film with Viacom18 Motion Pictures is his next directorial venture and he is presently busy scripting the same.

Speaking at the function, Abhinav said, “I am extremely delighted and honored that my Project 18 is being shot in Australia which provides me rich spectrum of locations, crew, and other benefits.”

Pleased with a good turnout at his retrospective at the film festival and announcing his film Bill Bennett said “I am excited to direct a film in India, a country which known for its diverse culture and heritage. I feel the reason why Indian Cinema is reaching new heights every passing day is because the films made in India have a different vision, a different storytelling method and a different mindset. I have come to India with an aim to give the global audience not just a film but an experience. I also welcome Viacom’s decision to bring Abhinav’s film to Australia. We will ensure that he has a warm welcome in our country.”

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