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BIG Pictures Scores a Hat-trick at Montreal World Film Festival


Three films Shyam Benegal’s ‘Well Done Abba’, Rituparo Ghosh’s ‘Abohamaan’,

Shaji Karun's ‘Kutty Srank’ to represent BIG Pictures.



Mumbai September 4, 2009: It’s a veritable hat-trick as three films from BIG Pictures get ready to be show-cased at the 33rd Montreal World Film Festival! Shyam Benegal, Shaji Karun and Rituparno Ghosh are the three critically acclaimed directors whose films are set to grace the silver screen at Montreal. The Montreal World Film Festival scheduled for Aug. 27 to Sept. 7.

Shyam Benegal’s Well Done Abba (Stolen Well) will be screened tomorrow September 5, 6, 7 and Shaji Karun's Kutty Srank (Sailor of Hearts) will be screened tomorrow September 5, 2009 have been selected for the ‘World Greats’ section in the Montreal World Film Festival. While Rituparno Ghosh's film, Abohamaan (The Eternal) will be screened on September 5, 6, 7 find a place in the ‘Focus on World Cinema’ section at Montreal.

“It’s really an honour to have three of our films at Montreal,” says Mahesh Ramanathan, COO, BIG Pictures. “Shyam Benegal, Rituparno Ghosh and Shaji Karun are masters in their field. They’ve won critical acclaim and enjoy an international repute. We’re honoured to have these three Indian masters as part of our portfolio.”

Well Done Abba, Benegal’s Dakkani film in the comic, ironic vein, stars Boman Irani, Minissha Lamba and Samir Dattani. Ashok Mishra has written the screen-play while music has been scored by Shantanu Moitra. The lyrics have been penned by Ashok Mishra, Swanand Kirkire and Ila Arun.

Kutty Shrank, Shaji Karun’s Malayalam film, brings out three distinct personalities of a dead boat-man from the perspective of three women each of whom claims to be his wife. The film stars Mamooty, Kamilini Mukherjee, Padmapriya and Meenakumari.

Abohomaan, Rituparno Ghosh’s Bengali film, brings to the screen a sensational relationship between a film-director, a young actress and a wife who swears to ruin her husband’s life and career and a son who gets caught in the cross-fire in this extravagant drama. The film stars Dipankar De, Mamata Shankar, Ananya Chatterjee, Jishu Sengupta and Ria Sen.

The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding among nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world. For more info please log on to www.ffm-montreal.org/en_info_fest.html

The World Film Festival - Montreal 2009 will include the following sections: World Competition
First Films World Competition
Hors Concours (World Greats, out-of competition)
Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
Documentaries of the World
Tributes
Cinema Under the Stars
Canadian Student Film Festival

About Reliance Big Entertainment: Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL, www.rbe.in) is the flagship media and entertainment arm of the Indian conglomerate Reliance Group (www.relianceada.com). It has a significant presence in filmed entertainment (film production, distribution, exhibition and TV content), broadcasting, studio infrastructure, processing, digital services, music, home video, animation, events, out of home, gaming and new media.

BIG Pictures (www.bigpictures.co.in), RBEL's motion picture brand, has built a formidable Indian film production slate in English, Hindi and several other Indian languages, which it markets and distributes worldwide.The slate has projects with leading production houses and marquee Indian directors, both mainstream and arthouse, including Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rakesh Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, David Dhawan, Indra Kumar, Anurag Basu, Kunal Kohli, Priyadarshan, Madhur Bhandarkar, Sudhir Mishra, Shaji N. Karun, Shyam Benegal, Rituparno Ghosh, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, M.S. Sathyu and Amol Palekar.

In Hollywood, RBEL has signed development deals with Julia Roberts' Red Om Films, Nicolas Cage's Saturn Productions,Jim Carrey's JC 23 Entertainment,George Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures,Tom Hanks' PlayTone Productions, Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment, Jay Roach's Everyman Pictures and Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment. RBEL's associate company ADLABS is India's largest film processing, exhibition and services company.

Reliance Group (www.relianceada.com) is among India's largest private sector, business houses and has interests in communications, financial services, health, energy, infrastructure and media & entertainment.

For press queries kindly contact:

Preeti Puri Sharma
Vice President, PR
BIG Pictures
M: +91 9323367815

Rohini Bhandari
Manager, PR
BIG Pictures
M: + 91 9323290523


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