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Shyam Benegal completes shooting for BIG Pictures satirical comedy ‘Well Done Abba’.



Shot in Hyderabad & Mumbai the film stars Boman Irani, Minissha Lamba, Sammir Dattani.

Mumbai April 20, 2009: BIG Pictures, the motion pictures brand from Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd has collaborated with veteran film director Shyam Benegal for his next film. Benegal brings a satirical comedy ‘Well Done Abba’ on the celluloid. The film starring Boman Irani in a double role, along with Minissha Lamba and Sammir Dattani in pivotal roles, wrapped up its final schedule in Ramoji Filmcity & Ibrahimpattnam Village, Hyderabad. The film has also been shot in parts at Whistling Woods, Film City, Mumbai and the Mumbai - Pune Expressway.

One of the pioneers of the ‘New’ and ‘Middle’ cinema in India, Shyam Benegal has been considered one of the leading filmmakers of the country ever since his first feature film, Ankur was released. An author, director and a social activist, Benegal has been honoured with some of the most prestigious awards like Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award and numerous National Film Award. In ‘Well Done Abba’ he narrates the story of Armaan Ali, a driver working in Mumbai. He takes leave for a month to find a husband for his teenage daughter, who lives in a small locality close to Hyderabad. Armaan Ali returns to work only after 3 months. His young employer wants to sack him but is persuaded to listen to the reason why Armaan got so delayed.

The film is inspired by two short stories; ‘Narsaiyyan Ki Bavdi’ by Jeelani Bano and ‘Phulwa Ka Pul’ by Sanjeev and a film treatment by Jayant Kriplani. A screenplay by Ashok Mishra and music by Shantanu Moitra, lyrics penned by Ashok Mishra, Swanand Kirkire & Ila Arun, ‘Well Done Abba’ also stars Ravi Kishen, Ila Arun, Salim Ghouse, Sonali Kulkarni, Rajit Kapur, Yashpal Sharma, Ravi Jhankal and Deepika Amin in supporting roles.

About Reliance Big Entertainment Pvt Ltd.
Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL) (www.rbe.co.in ) is the flagship media and entertainment arm of Indian conglomerate, Reliance Group, (www.relianceada.com) with significant presence in film entertainment (film production, distribution, and exhibition), broadcasting and new media ventures.

With investments over USD 1 billion in its Filmed Entertainment business RBEL's motion picture brand, BIG Pictures has built a formidable film production slate in Hindi, English & other Indian languages, which it markets & distributes worldwide. The slate has projects with leading production houses and marquee Indian directors like Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rakesh Roshan, David Dhawan, Indra Kumar, Ravi Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Sudhir Mishra. Shaji N. Karun, Shyam Benegal, Rituparno Ghosh, Buddhadev Dasgupta, M.S Sathyu & Amol Palekar,

On the Hollywood slate, BIG Pictures has development silos with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Productions, Jim Carrey's JC 23 Entertainment, George Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures, Tom Hank's Playstone Productions, Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment, Jay Roach's Everyman Pictures, Brett Ratner’s Rat Entertainment and Julia Roberts’ Red Om Films.

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