Manoj Punjabi, the co-founder and CEO of PT MD Pictures, an Indonesian film production company, has emerged as a key player in the Asian cinema landscape. Born into a family of Indian origin, Punjabi has not only achieved immense success with his recent production, “KKN di Desa Penari” (Curse of the Dancing Village) but is also spearheading the vision to establish a ‘new Hollywood’ in Southeast Asia.

The Indonesian film industry, often overshadowed by Hollywood blockbusters, witnessed a seismic shift with the release of “Curse of the Dancing Village.” The horror film, produced by PT MD Pictures, not only shattered box office records but also became the highest-grossing Indonesian film to date. With over 1 crore tickets sold, it surpassed the collections of global hits like “Avengers: Infinity War” in Indonesia, marking a significant milestone.

Manoj Punjabi’s journey to success includes his role as the CEO of PT MD Pictures, where he, alongside his father Dhamoo and uncle Raam, is often referred to as ‘Indonesia’s Hollywood’ by the local media. The company’s stock prices experienced a remarkable 186% increase following the unprecedented success of “Curse of the Dancing Village,” elevating Punjabi’s net worth to an estimated $1.6 billion (Rs 13,000 crore).

The achievement positions Manoj Punjabi among the wealthiest filmmakers globally, surpassing the net worth of notable Indian filmmakers like Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar. His success has garnered attention not only for personal wealth but for the transformative impact it signifies on the Indonesian film industry.

Manoj Punjabi’s endeavors go beyond individual success, reflecting a broader ambition to reshape the cinematic landscape in Southeast Asia. He aims to establish a ‘new Hollywood’ that elevates regional cinema to new heights by championing local productions that resonate with Indonesian audiences.

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The triumph of “Curse of the Dancing Village” is a testament to Manoj Punjabi’s vision and strategic insight, showcasing the potential of Southeast Asian films to rival Hollywood hits. As he gains international recognition, Punjabi is poised to play a pivotal role in putting Indonesian cinema on the global map, contributing to the cultural richness and diversity of the film industry.