Ajay Sarpeshkar's sci-fi thriller Mandala: The UFO Incident, is all set for a pan-India release.
The film follows an Indian American on a quirky adventure as his rocket scientist girlfriend gets abducted by a UFO. With all fingers pointed at him and without evidence, all he has is the support of an eccentric retired investigative journalist.
Sarpeshkar will debut as a director with Mandala, the first film of a planned multi-film series. The film stars veteran actors Anant Nag, Prakash Belawadi, Sharmiela Mandre, Samyukta Hornad and Kiran Srinivas.
Sarpeshkar said "With this film, I wanted to kick-off the under-explored sci-fi genre in the Indian film industry. I'm grateful to have great actors come together to create this start to the franchise.
"I hope this and subsequent films will inspire the younger minds to space exploration, science and technology, while also making them curious about their heritage and culture." He adds, "I'm excited to have Platoon-One recognize the potential of this film and come onboard to release it world-wide. Shiladitya Bora and his team have a keen eye for indie gems and I'm glad to have them as partners in this exploration," he further added.
Mandala will be releasing in theatres in India and the US on March 10.