English: Mira Nair at the 2008 IIFW Masterclass Directors Meet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mumbai, December 1, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mira Nair's, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a unanimous choice of the Jury members, was awarded with the first Centenary Award and presented with a Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh at this year's International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Mira Nair's, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, was also the closing film that brought down the curtains at the 43rd International Film Festival of India, Goa.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a touching and engaging story of a young man chasing corporate success on Wall Street. Post September 2011 tragedy in America, he finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.
It is based on the bestselling novel by Mohsin Hamid. The film was shot in Lahore, Istanbul, New York, Atlanta, Delhi and stars Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schrieber, Riz Ahmed, Shabana Azmi and Om Puri.
Commenting on the achievement, director Mira Nair said, “As a child of the hundred years of Indian cinema, and as its perpetual student, to be given this first Centenary Award is a huge honour. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a global film, but its heartbeat is fierce desi. Shukhriya!”
Together with our exhibition partners, we have built a unique, incremental distribution platform over the last 12 years at PVR Pictures." said Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint MD, PVR Limited. "It's an honour to be distributing ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ in India and we are thankful to Mira for trusting us with her film. We are very excited about the films prospects in India and are keenly looking forward to its theatrical release"
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is slated for an April 2013 release in India.
PVR Limited is among India’s leading integrated media & entertainment players with a significant presence in film entertainment (film production, distribution and exhibition) and retail entertainment. Regarded as the pioneers of the multiplex revolution in India, PVR Cinemas currently serve an aggregate of over 28 million patrons annually. It operates a geographically diverse cinema circuit of 213 screens with a presence in 27 cities across India.
PVR Pictures is the flagship film production and distribution arm of PVR Limited and has built an impressive film slate in Hindi & English which it markets and distributes. PVR Pictures made an enormously successful film production debut in 2007 with ‘Taare Zameen Par’ (Aamir Khan) & ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ (Imran Khan & Genelia D’souza) and has continued to build on its creative leadership in the Indian film industry since then. PVR Pictures also produced ‘Aisha’ (Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor) with Anil Kapoor Films Company and 'Shanghai' (Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol & Kalki) with Dibakar Banerjee Productions.
PVR Pictures is led by its passionate promoters Ajay Bijli and Sanjeev K Bijli. Ajay Bijli is the Chairman & Managing Director of PVR Ltd while Sanjeev K Bijli is the Joint Managing Director of PVR Ltd.