John Matthew Matthan
John started his career as an assistant director on the epic movie Gandhi, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough. Also working on Gandhi was Govind Nihlani, who Matthan would later assist for several films before shifting to directing advertisements. At the age of 24, Matthan was offered to direct a film but rejected the offer since he felt he wasn't mature enough to direct yet. Matthan wouldn't release his first film until the age of 38.
In the early 1990s, Matthan started his own production company in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai called Cinematt Pictures Pvt Ltd. The company, which also involved Matthan's brother George, released its first feature film entitled Sarfarosh in 1999. Matthan began work on Sarfarosh in 1992. Seven years were spent on the research, pre-production, and production of the film until it was finally released to both critical and commercial success.
After Sarfarosh, Matthan started working on a script which involved the issue of brain drain. However, after the tragedy of 9/11, the script lost its pertinence and Matthan moved on to another idea that germinated in the form of Shikhar (2005). Although critically acclaimed, the film did not fare too well at the box office.
In 2007, Matthan began work on his next film titled A New Love Ishtory. Written by Vipul K Rawal and starring Himesh Reshammiya and Niharika Singh, the film was completed in 2009 but never released due to a falling out with Reshammiya and his record label T-Series.
Matthan has begun work a new film also written by Rawal that is ready to be shot after A New Love Ishtory is released. The film is both a political and historical thriller based on the writer's experience in the Indian Navy and true classified events. It took Rawal more than five years to research. The story spans 40 years and may cost upwards of Rs. 100 Crores.
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