Reliance BIG Pictures’ films win 17 awards at the 57th National AwardsHighest ever for a production house in one year, Wins across all major categories
Mumbai, 16th September, 2010: Reliance BIG Pictures, the motion picture arm of Reliance Group has bagged an unprecedented 17 awards at the 57th National Awards making it the highest for a production house in any given year.
Reliance BIG Pictures’ five films which have been produced co-produced and distributed by the company in Hindi and other major regional languages have swept awards across all major categories including best film, best actor, best actress, best popular film, best editor, best screenplay, best cinematography and many others listed below.
Commenting on this achievement Reliance BIG Pictures, CEO, Sanjeev Lamba says, “We are extremely delighted that 4 films produced and one film released by Reliance BIG Pictures have won an unprecedented 17 national awards this year. This is an honour and I would like to congratulate the extraordinary talent that has worked with us to make this honor possible.
Kutty Srank: Produced by Reliance BIG Pictures and directed by Shaji N Karun Kutty Srank is the best Feature film of 2009 beating a field of 140 entries. Hari Krishnan, P F Mathews won the best screenplay and Jayakumar won the award for best costumes. Anjuli Shukla and Reliance MediaWorks have bagged the best cinematography award. A Sreekar Prasad won the Special Jury Award for best editing.
Paa: Directed by R Balki and co- produced by AB Corp Ltd and Reliance BIG Pictures, Paa won the best Hindi film award, Amitabh Bachchan won the best actor award, Arundhati Naag won the best supporting actress award and Christein Tinsley & Dominie Till won the best makeup artist award.
Abohomaan: Produced by Reliance BIG Pictures and directed by Rituparno Ghosh, Abohomaan won the best director award for Rituparno Ghosh, best Bengali film award, best actress award for Ananya Chatterjee and best editor award for Arghyakamal Mitra.
Well Done Abba: Produced by Reliance BIG Pictures and directed by Shyam Benegal, Well Done Abba received the award for the best movie on social issues.
3 Idiots: The most successful film in the history of Indian cinema, 3 Idiots, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and released worldwide by Reliance BIG Pictures won the award for the best popular film, Swanand Kirkire won the best lyricist award and Anup Dev won the best audiography award.
Additionally, Reliance MediaWorks, a film and entertainment services company which is a part of the Reliance Group has also won two awards. It shares the best cinematography in the feature film category with Anjuli Shukla for Kutty Srank and in the non- feature film category with Deepu Unni for Gaarud.
About Reliance Big Entertainment:
Reliance BIG Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL) is the flagship media and entertainment arm of India's Reliance Group, with a significant presence in film entertainment (film production, distribution, and exhibition), broadcasting and new media ventures.
RBEL's motion picture brand, Reliance BIG Pictures (www.reliancebigpictures.com) has built a impressive film production slate in Hindi, English & other Indian languages, which it markets and distributes worldwide. Following Reliance BIG Pictures’ association with IM Global, the company now benefits from an international sales team with an excellent reputation and global presence dedicated to selling its Bollywood and regional language slate.
In Hollywood, Reliance BIG Pictures has partnered with Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider on the formation of DreamWorks Studios and has development deals with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Films, 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, Brett Ratner’s Rat Entertainment, Julia Roberts’ Red Om Films and Brian Gazer and Ron Howards' Imagine Entertainment. RBEL’s group company, Reliance MediaWorks Limited (www.reliancemediaworks.com) is India's largest film processing, exhibition and entertainment services company. It operates BIG Cinemas, India's largest cinema chain with over 525 screens spread across India, US, Malaysia, Nepal and Netherlands. Reliance MediaWorks has a dominant and comprehensive presence in Film Services: Motion Picture Processing and DI; Visual Effects; Film Restoration and Image Enhancement; Animation; 2D to 3D Conversion; Digital Mastering: Studios and Equipment rentals with presence across at US, UK, Japan and India. Reliance MediaWorks’ television venture, BIG Synergy, is among the top players in the television programming industry.
The Reliance Group (www.relianceada.com) is amongst India's top 3 business houses and has interests in telecommunications, energy, financial services, infrastructure and media and entertainment.
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