“There is a need for content that opens an opportunity for comfort viewing”: Sunil Doshi, Manzar Studios
3 decades in the film industry
Sunil has worn many hats in his three-decade long film career. He’s launched numerous successful TV shows and has been Creative Producer of many critically acclaimed feature films. He runs one of India’s most trusted talent management agencies and has founded two highly successful production companies. He’s also a respected speaker and faculty person on the media & entertainment industry.
“Prouver que j’ai raison serait accorder que je puis avoir tort. “
– Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Alliance Media & Entertainment Pvt Ltd
A leading media & entertainment company, Alliance Media has been instrumental in managing and representing premier talents from across the Indian Film Industry.
In the last two decades, the scope of the company has expanded to include Film Production, Film Acquisition & Distribution, Ad Film Production, TV Program Production, Curating Premium content for Cinema, Television & OTT media services, and more.
The company has produced concept-driven films like Hulla (2008), Bheja Fry (2007), Mixed Doubles (2006), Navarasa (2005), etc. and spearheaded adaptations into film from literary sources, including adapting Chandrakant Bakshi’s short story, and Vijaydan Detha’s Aneko Hitler.
Oscar-winning documentary March of the Penguins (or The Emperor’s Journey) (2005) was adapted for an Indian release, voiced by Amitabh Bachchan, in collaboration with a French production house. Alliance Media also distributed Jafar Panahi’s 2018 film 3 Faces in India.
The company also collaborated with NDTV to launch Alliance Lumiere (earlier known as NDTV Lumiere), a premier World Cinema Channel, and has entered into a partnership with Sony Music, to launch and distribute its titles (including Studio Ghibli & Miyazaki titles) on Home Video & DVD in stores across India.
All Things Small
Mumbai-based All Things Small (ATS) was founded by Sunil with journalists Sidin Vadukut, Supriya Nair, writer Deviah Bopanna and Gaurav Vaz to function as a platform to tell true stories with deep-dive research on non-fiction narratives including podcasts and factual entertainment.
The initial idea is to have several journalists research and write 12 long-form feature stories, ranging in length from 10,000 to 30,000 words that will be published weekly on an online platform called 52, which is expected to go live in six months from now.
Long-term plans are for the content to be made available on major OTT platforms for co-production and distribution possibilities. The aim is to go beyond stories in English, and gather from and tell stories in India’s regional languages.
The Adaptation Company
The Adaptation Company has been a passion project for Sunil through which he promotes stories in a myriad of mediums, be it Film, Books, Digital Content, across language and geography. The aim has been to bridge the gap between various mediums by adapting literature into audio-visual form and make local, regional stories from India and various parts of the world relatable to the urban youth.
The role of the company is to develop stories and content and handle their production and co-production into Films, TV Series, and Web Series, including the film adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s short story Kabuliwalah into Bioscopewala (2018).
An off-shoot of The Adaptation Company, Very Vichitra is rooted in the same principle of transcending storytelling mediums to produce quality content. However, what differentiates Very Vichitra is that the content consists of non-fiction stories in short-form narratives that are designed for quick and easy consumption. Essentially, short-form, snackable, shareable and unique narratives, largely for an online audience.
films with distributor rights
distribution rights for BEAUTY AND THE DOGS A brilliantly crafted nine sequence ordeal of a young Tunisian girl who has been raped and is seeking justice. SYNOPSISWhen Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled...
distribution rights for California Typewriter California Typewriter is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and...
distribution rights for THE SQUARE The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it we all share equal rights and obligations. SYNOPSIS Christoan is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric...
distribution rights for DOUBLE DATE SYNOPSISMeet innocent Jim, terrified of girls, and on a reluctant quest to prove his manhood the night before he turns 30. He and his cocky friend Alex think they’ve hit the jackpot when they meet the beautiful siblings Kiay and...
distribution rights for Bingo: The King of Mornings SYNOPSIS From the BAFTA award winning editor of City of God and Tree of Life comes the story of Augusto, an irreverent actor searching for his place in the spotlight. After a successful career in “softcore Porn” he...
distribution rights for THE CHARMERThe Charmer is an intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately trying to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time runs out, he falls in love and his past catches up with him. SYNOPSIS...
distribution rights for THE WILD PEAR TREE Generations collide in a coming-of-age story set in Turkey from Cannes Palme d’Or laureate Nuri Bilge Ceylan. SYNOPSIS Sinan is passionate about literature and has always wanted to be a writer. Returning to the village where...
distribution rights for 3 faces Jafar Panahi turns his life into another movie with "Three Faces" in which the director and actress Behnaz Jafari take a storied, allusive road trip through the repressive territory of patriarchial rural IranSYNOPSIS Well-known actress...