The prestigious Cairo International Film Festival, to be held between 10th to 20th November 2009, has officially invited an Indian feature film, Saluun, for screening at their 33rd edition. Saluun is a film by Pritish Nandy Communications' (PNC) and is produced under PNC's recently launched Guerrilla Flicks banner.
"This year CIFF will welcome the new generation of brilliant filmmakers from India by honouring Indian Cinema. PNC's, Saluun represents the fresh breed of Indian filmmakers and it's a great pleasure for us to screen the movie at the festival," said Ezzat Abou Ouf, Festival President. He further added, "Saluun is funny, clever, heart warming and it introduces a new director, Nikhil Nagesh Bhat who brings fresh insight into where popular Bollywood cinema can go."
Producers Pritish Nandy and Rangita Pritish Nandy along with director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat will attend the festival as special invitees. Joining them will be members of the film's ensemble cast including Gaurav Kapur, Razak Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Brijendra Kala, Murli Sharma, Gayatri Choudhuri as well as Arindam Mitra who is the Series Producer for PNC Guerrilla Flicks.
"It has been a very enriching journey. It's an honour for me to showcase my debut film on an international platform as prestigious as the Cairo International Film Festival." said director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat.
Speaking about his film, producer Pritish Nandy said, "Saluun is a delightful film that captures the magic, the excitement and the sheer genius of small town, middle class India where people are constantly coping with the weird complexities of politics, bureaucracy and corruption. It is based on a true life incident that happened in a small town in Maharashtra where the local people were so fed up with corrupt Government officials that they devised a cunning plan to teach them a lesson.
“It is a funny, touching, deeply evocative film about the India we rarely see in our Bollywood movies and the story is told with amazing power and simplicity. It is a first time film maker's tribute to ordinary, middle class India and how it copes with everyday adversity and comes up a winner every time. It's an ace of hearts."