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It’s Pusan and London calling for BIG Pictures’ films this October

‘Kutty Srank’ and ‘Abohomaan’ will be screened at Pusan International Film Festival
‘Well Done Abba’ and ‘Janala’ will be screened at London Film Festival


Mumbai, October 6, 2009: The prestigious international film festivals of Asia and Europe will experience a flavour of Indian cinema this October through BIG Pictures’ varied slate of films.

The 14th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) to be held from 8 - 16 October in Korea will screen Malayalam film Kutty Srank (Sailor of Hearts) and Bengali film Abohomaan (The Eternal) in ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section on 9 October. The 53rd London Film Festival to be held from 14 - 29 October will screen Hindi film Well Done Abba on 18 October and Bengali film Janala (The Window) on 27 October in ‘World Cinema Category’.

Director Shyam Benegal will attend the screening of Well Done Abba at London Film Festival. The film was recently screened at Montreal World Film Festival to a full house of audience, who gave the film a standing ovation.

Also, Kutty Srank and Abohomaan were screened at Montreal World Film Festival held from 27 August - 7 September and Janala was screened at Toronto International Film Festival held from 10 - 19 September and at Telluride Film Festival from 4 – 7 September.

Mahesh Ramanathan, COO, BIG Pictures says, “These selections make the Reliance Big Pictures portfolio of best in class world cinema titles the most consistent performer in the festival circuit. Over 30 premium festival selections across our 12 films is a trendsetting & unprecedented success ratio, hitherto not experienced in the Indian film industry.”

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

Rituparno Ghosh’s Abohomaan starring Dipankar De, Mamata Shankar, Ananya Chatterjee, Jishu Sengupta and Ria Sen 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.

Shyam Benegal’s film Well Done Abba starring Boman Irani, Minissha Lamba and Samir Dattani is in the comic and ironic vein. It has screenplay by Ashok Mishra.

Buddhabed Dasgupta’s Janala starring Tapas Paul, Swastika Mukherjee and Indraneil Sengupta is the journey of a solitary man against the wrath of circumstances when he decides to pursue his little impulsive dream.

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.

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