January 10, 2011 02:51:57 PM IST Glamsham Editorial
In what is ostensibly a historical and encouraging move for Indian regional cinema, two Bollywood doyens have collaborated to produce their maiden Marathi film.
After incredible success with LOVE, SEX AUR DHOKHA and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI, Alt Entertainment (a sister brand of Balaji Motion Pictures) has partnered with Neeraj Pandey's (A WEDNESDAY) Friday Filmworks, to produce an endearing family film, TAARYANCHE BAIT (literally, an island of stars.)
If the announcement of the partnership wasn't big enough, it gets bigger as the recently completed film has been officially selected to participate in the competition section at the coveted Pune International Film Festival (PIFF). The world premiere is on January 10, 2011, at the City Pride, Kothrud in Pune. The second screening is on January 13.
Commented Ekta Kapoor, "Balaji is known to push boundaries in content creation, be it films or television. This is a humble endeavor by Alt Entertainment to create something for the discerning and evolved Marathi-speaking community, which has always been an important audience for our content. I look forward to the response to our first step in this direction."
Said the award-winning director, Neeraj Pandey, "This is an extraordinary story of an ordinary family - a story about miracles and hope in these cynical times. Once we heard the story we just had to do it."
TAARYANCHE BAIT is the directorial debut of the Maharashtra State award-winning writer, Kiran Yadynopavit, and stars heavy-weights like Sachin Khedekar, Ashwini Giri, Vinay Apte, and Kishore Kadam, amongst others. The cinematography is by Sudhir Palsane, the award-winning DOP of GABHRICHA PAUS.
The film is expected to release in cinemas in April.