21 January 2023
Be ready to have wholesome fun and enjoyment as ‘Mangu, The Fighter’ is all set to be released on prominent OTT platforms. Trailer and poster of the English feature film were released here at Chandigarh Press Club by its producer Swaranjit Kaur Wraich, writer and director Parvinder Singh Wraich, and the cast of the movie during a press conference.
The film marks a first – its the first English feature film ever produced by a Punjab based production house. The film has been made under the banner of RED i Productions, which has its corporate office in Mohali, Punjab.
Parvinder Singh Wraich, Writer and Director, told media persons that ‘Mangu’ is a small fish in the aquarium. “While by and large Punjab based production houses make Punjabi or Hindi films we have experimented with a new genre -that of an English language film.”
“The story of the film is its strong point, it is different from the league. Mangu is the name of a ‘real fish’ in a house aquarium, who is the hero of the film. No animation has been used in making the film. ‘Mangu, The Fighter’ is a story of fishes living in a fish tank in a house. The house owner vacates the house and appoints a caretaker for fishes and plants. I may not be able to share the story here as then the suspense will be over, but what I can say is that the story shows very creatively the courage and heroism of Mangu.”
Producer Swaranjit Kaur Wraich said, “The film was shot at different locations in Mohali and Chandigarh for 21 days. The film with a total budget of Rs 2 crore is complete and ready for release on major OTT platforms.”
Talking about challenges in producing ‘Mangu, The Fighter,’ Swaranjit Kaur Wraich said that the tough part of shooting was that we had to wait with patience for the fish to come to its position and open its mouth. “The other challenge we faced was the extreme cold, keeping the temperature warm in the aquarium was very important otherwise fishes could get sick. During dubbing, we had to match the dialogue with the lip movement of the fishes,” she added.
Sharing his thoughts on the occasion, Vinamarjot Singh Wraich, lead actor, said I remember around 7 years back, a film on fish ‘Finding Dory’ was released in Hollywood, after that, no film was made in Hollywood and Bollywood on animals, especially fish. “Actually, no film is made for kids apart from fantasy films like Avatar and Avengers. So we are confident that this film which will offer a fresh genre will enthuse children and mature audiences alike,” he said.
Harkiran Kaur Wraich, Creative Director and Second Lead Actor, said that children would like the colorful fishes’ moments in the aquarium, while adults will definitely like the story behind it. “It is a wonderfully conceptualized and well depicted film,” she said.
It is worth mentioning that the Wraich family which runs RED i Productions has been into the film business for the last 15 years. They have won several national and international awards for their films and short films. Their earlier award-winning films are ~ ‘Tank Cleaner,’ ‘Guest Unwanted,’ and ‘Shoe Maker.’
The other artistes in the film are Ramandeep , Happy Banmajra and Jasbir Dhillon. As far as the crew is concerned the second Unit director is Anurag Sharma, production head is Mohan Sharma, Sahil Kumar is Chief Assistant Director, Sahil the First Assistant Director, while Himanshu is Production Manager and Ravinder Singh the Production Controller.
The duration of the film is one hour and forty-five minutes. Originally produced in English, the film has been dubbed in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Oriya. It will soon be dubbed in foreign languages -French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean and even Japanese.