Monday, February 19, 2007
The grand premiere of Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Eklavya was a red carpet welcome for Mumbai's glitterati. The guests were welcomed by the Chopra family including Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Anupama Chopra and Vir Chopra. The entire cast and crew including Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan, Jackie Shroff, Boman Irani, Jimmy Shergill, Raima Sen, Sharmila Tagore, Shantanu Moitra and Swanand Kirkire were all there to welcome the other guests.
In another first for Bollywood, the music for the film was released to the media before the premier. The music was released by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and the stars of the film who distributed the CDs to the excited media.
The Royal Guard was granted a befitting royal audience as dignitaries poured in support of Amitabh Bachchan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Amar Singh, Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Mukesh and Nita Ambani, Kumar Mangalam and Neerja Birla, Rakeysh Mehra, Rekha, Moushami Chatterjee, Fardeen Khan, Sanjay , Zarine and Zayed Khan, A.N. Roy etc.
Eklavya-The Royal Guard which released on Friday has had a bumper opening with all the halls booked for the weekend and showing heavy demand for the forthcoming weeks in the Indian and international markets. The film has been getting rave reviews from the Indian and international media as well as various celebrities across the board.
The grand premier received an outstanding response from the guests who saw the film. Some of the reactions included:
'Simply outstanding' - Yash Chopra
'Absolutely stunning and gripping. Its wonderful what Vinod has done' - Rakeysh Mehra
'Fantastic, outstanding film and superb.' - Suniel Shetty
' Mind-blowingly conceived and brilliantly shot' - Prasoon Joshi
' Stunning, not seen Bachchan perform better and more real' - Prahlad Kakkar
'Very captivating, gripping and different genre; well made and well scripted' - Kumar Mangalam Birla
'Outstanding performances and outstanding film' - Nita Ambani
' Outstanding performance, powerful film and brilliant direction; Audiences will love it' - A.N.Roy ( Police Commissioner)
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