MUMBAI: UTV will release its 2012 critically acclaimed blockbuster ‘Barfi!’ starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz in Turkey, this month!
The film will be screened in close to 40 theatres on 10th May, 2013. This makes ‘Barfi!’ the first Indian movie to enter Turkey on such a big scale. Said Disney UTV Executive Director (International Distribution, Syndication and Disney Media Distribution) Amrita Pandey, “After its screening at the prestigious Busan and Marrakech film festival last year, ‘Barfi!’ is the widest release for any Hindi film in Turkey and we are thrilled at the prospect of around 40 theatres showcasing ‘Barfi!'”
Actor Ranbir Kapoor is very excited, “Turkey is a place where my grandfather has a great following even today. To see my film getting a wide theatrical release in the same country is a huge compliment. I am very excited about this.”
Back home, Kapoor bagged many awards for his role in ‘Barfi!’ this year, including the Best Actor award at Filmfare, Screen, Zee Cine, Apsara Producer’s Guild awards
Meanwhile, filmmaker Anurag Basu is joyous that the sweet saga of love between an autistic girl and a deaf and mute boy is going to be seen internationally. “I am extremely happy that a story I have lived with over so many years, has in the last few months, received global recognition and now is geared towards greater opportunities including mainstream releases in non-traditional markets,” says Basu.
Cinemajestic Owner, Firat Dilbaz from Turkey said, “For many years Turkish audiences have not watched Indian movies in theaters and we are excited to have a critical and commercial success such as ‘Barfi!’ as the first on this scale. We are currently trailering the film in over 200 screens.”