Rahsaan Noor’s Ziryab Entertainment Signs Three-Film Deal with Universal of Bengal

By Ridwan Zayd

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April 18 - Rahsaan Noor’s Ziryab Entertainment has signed a three-year, three-film deal with Bengal based Universal Group. The partnership was formally announced at the recently held CinemaCon in Las Vegas with the unveiling of the Hindi language film “Curse of the Kohinoor”, the first movie to be produced under the agreement.

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“I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Hossain and the team at Universal during the marketing of my first film. She was one of my earliest supporters and I cannot think of a better home for Ziryab Entertainment as we continue our growth,” said Noor in a statement.

Universal Group and Ziryab Entertainment have four projects currently under development: “Curse of the Kohinoor,” which is being mounted as the first movie in the Nau Kavi franchise, is set to begin production this upcoming July; “Bengali Beauty,” a romance set during the Bengal famine of the 1970s; a yet untitled family drama film based on a book proposal by writer Sohani; and “Cyclewala”, another original script by Noor about a rickshawallah who competes in the Tour de France.

“Rahsaan is one of the great talents of our time,” said Universal Group Managing Director Sohani Hossain. “He is a masterful actor, storyteller and producer, with impeccable taste and skill that has shaped his young yet extraordinary career. We first got an opportunity to collaborate during the marketing campaign of ‘Simanaheen,’ which went on to become a major success. We are both proud and excited to grow our relationships with him, Raghav Murali, and the entire team at Ziryab.”

Universal Group is currently in post-production on the Bengali film, “Sotta” (2016), which features Hate Story star Paoli Dam and veteran Bengali actor Sakib Khan, and in pre-production on another new Bangla movie “Curse of the Kohinoor” (2017).

Ziryab Entertainment recently produced and distributed “The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim” which was featured at this past year’s Berlinale Film Festival.