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Sharmila Tagore & Amol Palekar launched the website
of BIG Pictures film ‘SAMAANTAR’ in PVR Delhi



New Delhi, 24th August 2009: Yesteryears’ icons of Indian cinema Amol Palekar and Sharmila Tagore fascinated Delhi film buffs as they promoted their upcoming Marathi film ‘Samaantar’. This film has many highlights – Palekar is acting after his last film Khamosh directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Thirty years after his Ankahee, Palekar has directed and acted in his own film. For the first time, Sharmila Tagore is acting in a Marathi film. The two prolific actors have come together after their Bengali super hit film MOTHER in late 70s.

SAMAANTAR recently competed for the Audience Award at the prestigious Beyond Bollywood Film Festival at Stuttgart, Germany; is going to be BIG Pictures maiden Marathi release set to release on Sept 4, 2009. Committed to showcase regional cinema throughout the nation in order to enhance the artistic exchange among various States, BIG PICTURES is releasing SAMAANTAR not only in Maharashtra but also in major metro cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai etc. The non-Marathi viewers can enjoy this film with English subtitles. In Delhi the subtitled version would release at PVR Select City walk and PVR Anupam.

The star duo showcased the first look of the film in the capital city and launched the micro-site of the film www.samaantar.bigflix.com on Monday, 24th August at PVR Select City walk. The Samaantar website is designed by BIGFlix.com.

“Considering that the global audience can be enticed through webmail, we are proud to launch this website for SAMAANTAR. Like all my films, this film also raises issues that need to be discussed at a larger scale. The blog designed in this website will channelize some meaningful discourse.” said the nationally and internationally acclaimed Director Mr. Palekar. Sharing her happiness for the transcendence of the regional cinema, eternally elegant Sharmila Tagore said, “The interaction among the eclectic audience will be enhanced due to such modern day tools. Due to this website, the tech savvy youth will be informed of the new trends in Indian cinema.”

Mahesh Ramnathan COO, BIG Pictures expressed, "At Big Pictures, we are constantly trying to innovatively exploit regional films in the domestic & International markets. Our Delhi release is aimed at providing an opportunity for the many fans of Mr. Palekar and Ms. Sharmila Tagore to enjoy another virtuoso performance from the masters". Samaanatar, (Parallel folds) presents an intense story through alluring characters of Keshav and Shama. It’s a tale about two parallel lives crossing each other in the twilight of life. Keshav’s melancholy amidst his busy surroundings is well carved by Palekar whereas Shama’s silent poise is depicted through marvelous performance by legendary Sharmila Tagore. The film has excellent cast in the supporting roles such as Samir Dharmadhikari, Aishwarya Narkar, Radhika Apte, Sandip Mehta, Rishi Deshpande, Makarand Deshpande, Vandana Gupte who all are very accomplished actors. The story, screenplay & dialogue writer Sandhya Gokhale, the lyricist Kishore Kadam aka Saumitra, the music director Anand Modak are other few adornments of the film.

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, Anurag Basu, Kunal Kohli, Priyadarshan, Indra Kumar, 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.

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