Popular Indian filmmaker Imtiaz Ali has joined hands with Japanese production company – Shochiku for his next venture Love In Tokyo.
To be directed by Imtiaz’s brother Arif Ali, the movie will be produced by Imtiaz in collaboration with Shochiku under his banner Window Seat Films.
Revealing more information about the film, Imtiaz said that the film will have Japanese as well as Indian actors in leading roles. The movie will go on floors in the second half of this year and will be extensively shot in Japan.
The title of the film has been borrowed from the 1966 Asha Parekh, Joy Mukerji starrer Bollywood romance drama.
Director Arif Ali, who made his debut in Bollywood with Lekar Hum Deewana Dil, said that the title rights for the movie were bought by Shochiku since they liked it.
Exploring how the idea of this film came to his mind, Imtiaz said that he had met the Chief Executive Officer of Shochiku quite a bit of times.
In their meetings, they used to talk about the similarities in Asian cultures and though there is a linguistic difference, the kind of similar values we follow and the kind of similar emotions we go through.
Imtiaz further said that they decided that it would be a good idea to bring together these two Asian cultures which are similar yet variant in a way through a movie.
Filmmakers said that the movie is still under the initial stages and no artists for the major roles have been finalized yet.