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Shooting begins for The Hungry, a Film London and Cinestaan Film Company co-production

Date posted: 16.12.2016

Principal photography started this week on the UK-India co-production of The Hungry, a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘Titus Andronicus’. This bold new adaptation tells the story of a vengeful mother at the lavish wedding of two wealthy families, updating the original play’s themes of corruption, greed and revenge for a global audience.

Global talent

The film has a stunning international cast that includes Naseeruddin Shah (Monsoon Wedding, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Tisca Chopra (24 India, Like Stars on Earth), Arjun Gupta (How to Get Away with Murder, Nurse Jackie), Neeraj Kabi (Viceroy’s House, Talvar), Sayani Gupta (Margarita with a Straw, Fan) and Antonio Aakeel (City of Tiny Lights, Skins). The film is written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee (Let's Be Out, The Sun is Shining) and co-written and produced by Tanaji Dasgupta (Chittagong, Sold) and Kurban Kassan (20,000 Days on Earth, Ginger and Rosa).

Rohit Khattar, Chairman of Cinestaan Film Company, commented “to partner with Film London for a film celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare is extremely exciting. It is a testament to both the script and the production that our film The Hungry has managed to attract such a great cast and crew for our adaptation of a Shakespeare classic.” 

The Microwave model

Using our filmmaking scheme Microwave as the delivery model, we’ll be producing this revenge thriller alongside Cinestaan Film Company. The film has brought together filmmaking talent from across India and the UK, key to which was a rigorous selection and training programme funded by The British Council.

The production is financed 50:50 by Cinestaan Film Company and an SEIS scheme run by Bob & Co, with investment from Executive Producers Declan Reddington, Orion Lee of Constellation Creatives, and Ben Bond of Bad Owl Films, the newly formed features arm of Hoot Entertainment, who will also run social media and marketing for the film. Nyman Libson Paul/Goldfinch Entertainment are accountants and finance consultants. Twickenham Studios will be delivering full post production services.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said “We couldn’t be more excited that The Hungry has started shooting. The film has brought together talent from India and the UK, and the team have honed a genuinely exciting script that puts a wonderfully contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s ‘Titus Andronicus’, and the stellar cast we’ve secured is sure to do our first international co-production project justice. This news is a fitting way to round off Shakespeare’s 400th year and perfectly complements Film London's other Shakespeare-inspired events and commissions, all of which have served to showcase just how versatile and relevant his work continues to be."