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Reliance Big Entertainment bags honours at the 56th National Awards

Reliance BIG Pictures and Reliance MediaWorks shine at the National Awards

Mumbai, January 25, 2010: Reliance BIG Picturesí films Rock On and Shob Charitro Kalponik have bagged three National Awards. The best cinematography award in non-feature film category was won by cameraman Shariqva Badar Khan for a 15 minute short film Three Of Us. The film was processed at Reliance MediaWorks.

Reliance BIG Pictures holds worldwide rights for Rock On. The film has bagged two Awards in the category of best Hindi film and best supporting actor for Arjun Rampal. Shob Charito Kalponik directed by Rituparno Ghosh, stars Prosenjit Chatterjee and Bipasha Basu; has bagged the Award for best Bengali film. It was the first film produced by Reliance BIG Pictures.

Rock On, produced by Excel Entertainment, directed by Abhishek Kapoor and distributed worldwide by Reliance BIG Pictures released in 2008. It resonated with millions worldwide and became a cult film that brought rock music to the forefront in Bollywood films like never before. The film stars Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Luke Kenny, Prachi Desai and Shahana Goswami and had music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy.

Shob Charitro Kalponik, produced by Reliance BIG Pictures is poetry on celluloid which narrates the story of a lady, who after her husbandís sudden death not only averts a possible divorce but also discovers her roots through language of poetry and lost love. The film completed 50 days at the box office and was screened at the Durban International Film Festival, IFFI, Goa and Mahindra Indo- American Arts Council Film Festival, New York.

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.

Reliance BIG Pictures (www.reliancebigpictures.com), 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' Play Tone Productions, Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment, Jay Roach's Everyman Pictures and Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment. Reliance MediaWorks Limited, member of Reliance Group 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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