BIG Pictures’ ‘Ijjodu’ nominated at
Ahmedabad International Film Festival
Mumbai, 25th June, 2009: BIG Pictures, the motion pictures brand of Reliance Big Entertainment’s Kannada film ‘Ijjodu’ has been selected for the Ahmedabad International Film Festival to be held in Ahmedabad from 25th June to 28 June, 2009.
‘Ijjodu’ is the official selection for the Feature Films Competitive Category. ‘Ijjodu’ will be screened on 27th June at this festival, where the film would have its world premiere.
‘Ijjodu’ stars Meera Jasmine, Anirudh, Srivatsa, Nagkiran and Arundhati Jathakara. It is directed by M S Sathyu. The film is a story of a young photo journalist’s brief encounter with a girl who was made a ‘Basavi’ at the altar of the village deity, to save people who were hit by a devastating epidemic. ‘Basavi’ is a cult very similar to that of the ‘Devdasi’. Director M. S. Sathyu and actress Meera Jasmine will be present for the film’s screening at the festival.
Commenting on the official selection for the competition, director M. S. Sathyu says, “I am happy that Ahmedabad International Film Festival has selected ‘Ijjodu’ in the competition section. ‘Ijjodu’ has positive theme and will be of interest to Indian as well as international audience. The film juxtaposes the old and new, past and present, ritualistic and contemporary.”
Ahmebadad International Film Festival is organized by FulMarxx Integrated Filmed Entertainment Company in collaboration with Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) and Tampere Film Festival, Finland. The festival curators include Dorothee Wenner, Director, Berlin Interntional Film Festival and Jukka Pekko Laakso, Director, Tampere Film Festival, Finland.
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, 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, 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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