HGC Entertainment has acquired the China rights of Viay starrer Mersal from AP International which holds the international rights of the film. Mersal, produced by Thenandal Stuidos Ltd will be the first Tamil film to release in China. Mersal will be dubbed in Mandrarin and likely to release by the end of this year or early 2019.
Mersal is a poignant tale that was the talk of the country because of the questions it raised about the growing apathy in the healthcare sector. The plot resonated with the pan india audience and is also likely to woo Chinese viewers. In recent times Indian film “Dangal,” “Secret Superstar” and “Bajrangi Bhaijaan.” have tasted successes in China. Yash Raj Film’s Sultan is set for release in China on August 31.
Recently, a low-budget comedy with Indian low-cost cancer drugs at its heart is resonating well with Chinese audience, crossing $400 million at the box office. Dying to Survive is based on real life exploits of a small drug store owner, who smuggles generic cancer medication from India to sell to Chinese cancer patients
Produced by TSL and directed by Atlee, Mersal stars Vijay, Samantha Akkineni, Kajal Aggarwal and Nithya Menen in lead characters. Vijay portrays three roles. The background score and soundtrack were composed by the Oscar-Grammy winning A R Rahman.
Incidentally, Mersal is TSL’s 100th movie which went on to become one of the highest grossing Tamil films of 2017 (over $35 million) and also bagged the ‘Asia’s Best Movie of 2017’ at the Bucheon International Film Festival. Affectionately called ‘Thalapathy’, Mersal’s lead Vijay is a new age super star who has a huge fan following and an enviable market presence .
TSL (formerly known as Sri Thenandal Films), is a leading production and distribution company was founded by director Rama Narayanan and has been in existence for four-decades. The company has produced several films like Muni 2, Kanchana, Kanna Laddu Thinga Aasaiya and distributed over 750 films which include many blockbuster movies like Baahubali, Aranmanai, Muni 2: Kanchana amont others.
AP International is a pioneer in South Indian film entertainment for its distribution of Tamil and Malayalam films. AP International has been in the entertainment business for the past six decades and in the distribution business for the past three decades. It is the leading distributor in South India.
AP International has distributed over 1000 films with many of them being blockbusters which include Theri, Kabali, Baahubali, Irudhi Suttru and Vikram Vedha. It is also the single largest copyrights owner of Tamil and Malayalam movies owning copyrights to more than 800 films.
H.G.C. Entertainment Limited is a 15-year old film distribution company in China mainland territory. Its main business being to distribute overseas titles and has distributed Dhoom 3, Mechanic, Eye In The Sky, Hellboy 3. H.G.C has distributed over 600 films i n China. It has set up a wonderful relationship with many international film distribution companies, such as Inferno, Mandate Pictures, Nu Image, Kimmel, Contentfilms, Epic Pictures, Sierra Pictures, Seven Arts Pictures etc. and is into expansion of its business.