SP Cinecorp Cinematic Ventures Ltd. was conceived as a premier film production house. The success story began in 2015 when Sharad Patel produced a Gujarati film titled ‘Chhello Divas’ in 2015. Who knew the unlikely success of this film except him, as he saw an opportunity not to be missed? The rest is history as it made a whopping Rs 20 Crore box office record which held out for many years before being eclipsed in 2018. Thus, with the success of this film, later on, SPCC came into existence and was incorporated in 2015 itself. ‘Chhello Divas’ is still fondly recalled by youths during college times and still reverberates as an example of a regional film making it big.
After the success of Chhello Divas, in 2016, SPCC acted as a producer for Buddha in a Traffic Jam. It attracted instant media attention related to JNU and was subject of harrowing media and social debates. A provocative piece, it forced opinion makers, intellectuals and others to debate on the very idea of India and of the academic predominance of the political left since the last many decades. Written & directed by Vivek Agnihotri, it won accolades and was critically acclaimed. As a first Bollywood foray by Sharad Patel, it had a stellar cast comprising Mahi Gill, Arunoday Singh, Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi, etc. Later on, Vivek Agnihotri wrote a book on its success and the word ‘Urban Naxal’ came into existence consequently.
Then, in 2019, The Tashkent Files was released around the month of April this year. Based on the mysterious death of Shri Lal Bahadur Shashtri, it rebuilds a ‘12 Angry Man’-esque scenario in which people from different professions of life debate on the death of the second prime minister of India and the nature of conspiracy surrounding it. New shreds of evidence are presented which challenge conventional wisdom and a new discourse is offered which has manifold ramifications. It was one of the superhits of 2019, a surprising feat considering the number of theatres in which it was released. An article in a news portal IndiaToday mentions Anurag Kashyap confirming this fact . The Tashkent Files was written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri and has well-known actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Pankaj Tripathi, Shweta Basu, etc. Shweta Basu earned recognition for her role as an inquisitive journalist who uncovers the intrigue surrounding the death of PM Shashtriji. This film was also a comeback for Mithun Chakraborty and the casting of Pankaj Tripathi was a major draw for many audiences.
As an organization involved in a creative industry, SP Cinecorp diligently vets creative stories, determining their potential for filming and earning a name in the box office. To tap into the audience’s mood and sentiments and at the same time, taking risks in bold and controversial topics has been a forte of SP Cinecorp since its inception.