BOMBAY TALKIES OFFICIAL SELECTION AT THE 66TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Mumbai, 19th April 2013: Bombay Talkies has officially been selected for a Gala screening at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2013.

The film produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures & Flying Unicorn Entertainment is directed by India’s leading filmmakers including Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee. The film is a celebration of the commemoration of 100 years of Indian Cinema and encapsulates the array of emotions through which millions of fans across the country are unanimously connected.

The movie is a collection of four stories in one film told by India’s finest young filmmakers and hits theatres on May 3rd in India. It includes an eclectic cast of Rani Mukerji, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem; including cameos by Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif. This would be the second year in a row that Viacom 18 Motion Pictures has struck it big at the Cannes. In 2012 the studio stormed its way in with Anurag Kashyap’s critically acclaimed and much loved ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ becoming the talking point of the festival. Karan Johar who has been known for his larger than life cinema comments on the news, “Extremely honoured that our omnibus endeavour has been officially selected at Cannes…. Can’t wait to walk the red carpet with Dibakar, Anurag and Zoya”.

Zoya Akhtar says, “I have never been to Cannes and I always felt if I go it should be with a film. Things worked out even better as it’s not just a film but also 3 friends Karan, Dibakar and Anurag with me. It’s going to be a blast”. Dibakar Banerjee says, “Thrilled to walk the red carpet following Karan, Zoya and Anurag leading the way and representing Indian cinema!” Anurag, the only director from the quadruple who debuted at the Cannes back in 2011 says, “I am so happy our film is screening at Cannes. Happy to be back there.”

Commenting on the announcement, Ashi Dua of Flying Unicorn Entertainment, the co-producer of the film said, “Our film Bombay Talkies has made it to one of the most prestigious film festivals – Cannes. I am extremely happy that the film has received such an overwhelming response internationally. This means many more people across the globe will be celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema with us”