English movie Heartbeats, featuring South Indian star Amitash Pradhan along with Hollywood actor Krystal Ellsworth is due for release in over 150 screens in Germany on Aug 10. Amitash of Chennai is the first actor from South India to play a lead role in a Hollywood film, after his debut as the antagonist in the blockbuster Tamil movie Velaiyilla Pattadhari (VIP).
The Hollywood dance movie is directed by Duane Adler, an American screenwriter, director, and producer. He is best known for his work on romantic dance films, Step Up 1 & 2, (the highest grossing dance franchise in the world) Save the Last Dance and Make Your Move.
Heartbeats is a ‘Hollywood meets Bollywood’ genre movie and it required intense dance movements for which Amitash got trained under Emmy award winner Tessandra Chavez for the hip-hop style and Shampa Gopikrishna for the Indian moves.
Chennai and India’s leading cinematographer Ravi Varman has shot the film, making his debut into Hollywood. Ravi Varman has had a string of popular releases like Ram Leela, Barfi, Tamasha, Jagga Jasoos and the recent Mani Ratnam film Kaatru Veliyidai.
Jay Z’s Roc Nation is producing the soundtrack’s original songs alongside composer Gingger Shankar, an Oscar nominee for The Passion Of The Christ. The soundtrack will feature traditional and current Indian music and American hip-hop and R
Amitash Pradhan and Krystal Ellsworth will be attending the Red Carpet screening of the film in Berlin on Aug 9.. The movie has created a lot of buzz in Germany and the official trailer has crossed 2.2 million views.
Heartbeats has had a successful stint in the Middle East and South Africa in May and June . It is slated to release in India, Us and UK in the coming months.