Studio Productions

Our studio productions range across formats of film, web series and short-form digital content. Our stories intend to show a mirror of what the world is and what it can become. They are backed by in-depth research with issue experts, community organizations, and change-makers
to ensure our reel is in sync with the real. We also partner with reputed non profit and community-based initiatives to drive on-ground conversations on our stories.

2024/25 Releases

Christmas Karma

Format – Feature film
Genre – Musical Drama
Writer – Gurinder Chadha
Director – Gurinder Chadha
Starring – Kunal Nayyar, Hugh Bonneville, Eva Longoria, Boy George, Billy Porter, Leo Suter, Charithra Chandran, Pixie Lott, Danny Dyer, Bilal Hasna, Allan Corduner, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Rufus Jones, Eve and Nitin Ganatra
Project Stage – In Production

About – Christmas Karma’ is a contemporary musical set in London and inspired by Dickens’ much loved A Christmas Carol. BAFTA nominated Gurinder Chadha (‘Bend It Like Beckham’, ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’, ‘Blinded by the Light’) has written and is directing as well as producing the feature, with music by the six-time Ivor Novello award winning Gary Barlow.

Financing for ‘Christmas Karma’ is from Civic Studios. Gurinder Chadha, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler and Amory Leader will produce. Zygi Kamasa, Anushka Shah, Paul Mayeda Berges, Sophia Pedlow, Hannah Leader will serve as Executive Producers.

Key Theme(s) – Immigration & Race

Family Aaj Kal

Format – Web-series
Genre – Dramedy
Writer – Manoj Kalwani
Director – Parikshit Joshi
Starring – Apoorva Arora, Sonali Sachdev, Nitesh Pandey, Masood Akhtar, Aakarshan Singh, Prakhar Singh
Project Stage – Released in 2024
About – Meher is madly in love with Gaurav – he’s everything she imagined. Just one small problem – her parents refuse to accept him as he has an unconventional job: he’s a cab driver. Will Meher and Gaurav’s love win over bias?
Key Theme(s) – Class bias, dignity of labour, freedom to choose partner

Review – Midday, Times Now, Times Of India Entertainment

Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust

Format – Animation Feature Film
Genre – Fantasy
Writer – Ishan Shukla
Director – Ishan Shukla
Voices – Golshifteh Farahani, Asia Argento, Gaspar Noé, Lav Diaz, Shekhar Kapur, Soko, Tibu Fortes, Shahbaz Sarwar, Denzil Smith, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar, Piyush Mishra

Project Stage – World Premiere at International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR) 2024

Awards – NETPAC Award 2024 for Best Asian Film

About – The film tells the story of a bored office worker, who may have accidentally sparked a revolution in a bizarre dystopian world, Schirkoa where citizens live with paper bags on their heads to dissolve political, cultural and religious differences.

Key theme(s) – Freedom vs suppression, free will vs autocracy

Review – High On Films, NDTV

Daughter of Eden

Format – Feature film
Writer & Director- Fateme Ahmadi
Project Stage – In development

About – Civic Studios will be working on a Arabic-English feature film by Iranian-British writer-director Fateme Ahmadi (BIFA-nominated BITTER SEA, LEILA’S BLUES), produced by BAFTA-nominated Jack Tarling and BFI Vision Awardee Pietro Greppi, developed with BFI and BBC Film.

Little Thomas

Format – Feature film
Genre – Family Dramedy
Writer & Director- Kaushal Oza
Starring – Gulshan Devaiah, Rasika Dugal, Hridansh Parekh
Project Stage – Releasing in 2024

About – Hindi children’s family feature film written & directed by Kaushal Oza (Afterglow, Miniaturist of Junagadh), starring Rasika Dugal (Mirzapur, Out of Love, Manto) and Gulshan Devaiah (Dahaad, Shaitan, Hunterrr).
The film follows seven year old Thomas and his family, and the ups and downs in their lives. Set in the Goa of the early 90s, it is reminiscent of classics like Malgudi Days and Ruskin Bond.

Key Theme(s) – parenting, sex education

Past Releases

Vakeel Babu

Format – Short film
Genre – Drama
Writer – Kanishka, Suyash Barve
Director – Sumit Purohit
Starring – Abhishek Banerjee, Loveleen Mishra, Bhamini Oza
Project stage – Released in 2022

About – A young lawyer, distracted with chasing success through his digital video channel, is approached online by an anonymous female victim with a powerful abuser. Will he do justice to the challenge? Our short film ‘Vakeel Babu’ traces the journey of Shiraz Hassan as he rediscovers his purpose in the justice system.

Key theme(s) – Gender sensitivity in legal system, gender- based violence

Review – The Leaflet, Film Companion

Ye Saali Naukri

Format – Web-series
Genre – Drama
Writers – Somnath Karmakar, Kaviraj Singh
Director – Kaviraj Singh
Starring – Sanyam Sharma, Mugdha Agrawal
Project Stage – Released in 2022

About – A coming-of-age story of a young aspirant in small town India, who faces immense odds for securing a simple government job. The four episode series revolves around Raviranjan, a young, laid back government job aspirant, who loses love, respect and more at the hands of the competitive exam system of India. Will Ravi overcome these obstacles to be a winning story, or will he, like thousands of other students, become a victim of the system?

Key Theme(s) – Unemployment, government jobs

Review – The Tribune, HomeGrown

If you want to know more about our slate that is in development, please get in touch with us on akshada.bhalerao@civicstudios.com

Our Collaborations

Civic Studios x Pocket Aces

We have partnered with Pocket Aces, a digital entertainment company, as investors as well as content partners to collaborate on creating long-form, positively driven content via Pocket Aces’ studio Dice Media.