MUMBAI: UTV Motion Pictures’ Jodhaa Akbar and Goal will be unveiled for the first time at the upcoming Cannes fest on 18 May 2007.
Present at the Cannes unveiling of Jodhaa Akbar would be the film’s director Ashutosh Gowariker, and actors Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan. The second film that will be unveiled is Goal, which is based on an Asian soccer league team, shot entirely in the UK. The film is a sports action drama starring John Abraham and Bipasha Basu, both of whom would be present at the unveiling of the film at Cannes as well.
Says UTV marketing and sales vice president Siddharth Roy Kapur, “Indian films have always raised the curiosity factor in the west. The new wave of Indian cinema has been widely acknowledged and welcomed across the globe, which is a great positive for us. This year, we would unveiling two of our movies, both of which have been positioned as international projects with a universal appeal.”
UTV is also scheduled to display its entire film catalogue at Cannes, including films like Swades, Pradeep Sarkar’s Parineeta, Mahesh Manjrekar’s Viruddh, Priyadarshan’s Chup Chup Ke, Farhan Akhtar’s Don, Vishal Bharadwaj’s Blue Umbrella and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti.
Cannes will also see a two day India special this year, since the 60th year of film celebration coincides with India’s 60 years of independence.
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