Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur has roped in director Vinil Mathew and screenwriter Sudip Sharma for his next film that will be helmed under the Roy Kapur Films banner. Moreover, Vinil Mathew is a reputed ad filmmaker who made his silver screen debut with the acclaimed new-age romance, 'Hasee Toh Phasee'. Sudip Sharma is the acclaimed writer of 'NH10' and 'Udta Punjab', who is undoubtedly considered as one of the best screenwriters in the industry.
Siddharth confirmed the news, "Yes, we will be collaborating with Vinil and Sudip on a unique and exciting subject that our team has been developing for many months. The film is based on true events involving piracy on the Somalian high seas and is told through the eyes of a young Indian merchant navy officer, who has to navigate through unimaginably perilous circumstances, while dealing with huge personal challenges. It is a thrilling, dramatic and emotional journey, and we couldn't have asked for a better director than Vinil to tell this story. Vinil’s work in advertising is amongst the most accomplished I have ever seen. He has a unique ability to move you emotionally and to draw you into a narrative within the span of less than a minute. To have Sudip on board as screenwriter for the film is a huge advantage, as he unfailingly creates memorable characters, inhabits them in authentic worlds, and in the process creates strong conflicts and riveting drama."
When Siddharth first heard the true story of merchant navy officer Audumbar Bhoi whose ship and crew was attacked by Somalian pirates, he was gripped and immediately felt that this was an incredibly unique and above all, an inspiring human story that needed to be told on the big screen.
Inspired by true events the film will go on floors in the second half of 2018.