Anil Ambani led Reliance Entertainment to release the film festival’s darling and stealth Oscar contender GREEN BOOK on November 23, 2018, pan India. The American comedy-drama is based on a true story of friendship and relationship between working-class Italian – American bouncer who becomes a driver of an African- American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960’s American South. The film is not a biopic but is inspired by the true story about friendship between Dr. Donald Shirley, an erudite African – American pianist and his white chauffer Tony Lip.
The film that had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018 won over not just the audiences but also went on to win the People’s Choice Award. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film has Viggo Mortensen essaying the role of Tony Lip and Mahershala Ali essaying the role of Dr. Shirley.
Oscar-nominated Viggo Mortensen, playing the biographical role of Tony Lip, is touted to be an Oscar frontrunner this year for best performance in the lead role category. Ask him about the story and he says, “This is a movie about a relationship between a black man and a white man before the Civil Rights Act, and the backdrop is one of obvious socio-economic and racial tension. In many ways, we’re facing the same problems today that are depicted in the film. There are a lot of mirror images and mirror concepts that our story deals with, between 1962 and now, and I think people will find that enlightening as well as entertaining" says Mortensen.
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