BIG Pictures' two films SIKANDAR and SAMAANTAR have been nominated at Bollywood & Beyond Film Festival to be held in Stuttgart, Germany from 14-19 July 2009.
While SIKANDAR has been selected as a part of the official competition and would compete for the ''German Star of India'' award, Marathi language film SAMAANTAR is competing in the ''Audience Award'' category at the Bollywood & Beyond Film Festival.
Mahesh Ramanathan, chief operating officer, BIG Pictures says, ''The selection of SIKANDAR and SAMAANTAR reaffirm our strategy of taking Indian films global and are a strong shot in the arm for BIG Pictures' efforts to walk away from the beaten track and produce world cinema titles in 9 Indian languages. The nominations will hopefully turn into awards thus enabling these films to expand their distribution footprint internationally. We are confident SIKANDAR'S bold counterpoint against terrorism will continue to resonate strongly in more festivals & with film makers around the world. With SAMAANTAR Amol Palekar's mastery of his craft has been rewarded again.''
SIKANDAR is a suspense thriller starring Parzaan Dastur and Ayesha Kapur along with R. Madhavan, Sanjay Suri and Arunoday Singh. The film has been written and directed by Piyush Jha. SIKANDAR was also recently screened at the International Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA).