Indian thespian Prabhakar Sharan has become a sensation in the Latin American film industry with his first Spanish movie Enredados: la confusion’ (Entangled: The Confusion).
Sharan is the first Indian to act as hero in a Latin American movie. His Spanish film is also the first Latin American film made with the typical Bollywood recipe of songs and dance, Outlook reported. The movie was shot in Costa Rica, Mumbai, and Panama.
Sharan and ex-world wrestling champion and Hollywood actor Scott Steiner play the leading role in the film. The film was produced by Pacific Investment Corporation. Sharan plays the lead role opposite to a popular Costa Rican TV anchor, Nancy Dobles, who plans to release his dream project in English, Hindi, and Bhojpuri as ‘Ek Chor, Do Mastikhor’ in March-April.
The film was released in February 2017 and was distributed by Cinepolis in six countries including Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and San Salvador. The film has been a huge success.
Cinepolis is planning to release the film in the US in March or April this year. Initially, the movie was directed by Ashish Mohan, who directed the movie “Khiladi 786” in 2012 but after Sharan and Mohan got separated, Sharan decided to direct the movie himself.
“It is a film that bonds the two communities (Indian and Latins) together, this movie is not just a movie for theatre it has become a milestone to Latin movie industry for the new difference and changes by its style,” Sharan said.
The Patna-born actor says his journey to the stardom was not easy. In 2000, he landed in Costa Rica for his studies at Universidad Panamericana. Thereafter, he started a chain of Indian clothing and restaurants. In 2006, for the first time in Costa Rica, Sharan brought Bollywood movies in theaters and Monster Truck shows from the US. “My company was the first to bring Bollywood movies commercially to Central America,” he said.
But, his initial ventures failed and he lost money. He moved back to India in between 2010 and 2013. During this period he got separated from his wife. Sharan went back to Costa Rica in 2014. There he has decided to recreate his passion for making Bollywood movies and his plan was to make the first ever Bollywood movie in Latin America.
Indian diplomats in Latin America have appreciated and praised Sharan for his efforts to promote Indian films.
Sandeep Chakravorty, the former Indian Ambassador to Peru and the Consulate General of India in New York said, “The movie is a proud step which will create the landmark in the Latin cinema industry, it promotes our culture and its a fusion of Indian and Latin cinema.”
Shamma Jain, Ambassador of India for Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua said, “Prabhakar Sharan is the flower of my garden and he has taken the first step to open a big market in Latin America for Bollywood. The movie entertains local community in our big Bollywood style.”
Another diplomat, Mariela Cruz, Ambassador of Costa Rica to India, said the film is an initiative because of its fusion of two cultures. “As an ambassador of Costa Rica to India, I am very proud of this great effort that will serve as a platform to enhance the beauty of our country and to make known in other latitudes the first Bollywood-style film produced in Costa Rica for all of Latin America,” Cruz said.