~ Ruchika Oberoi’s debut feature stars Vinay Pathak, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Amruta Subhash and Chandan Roy Sanyal ~
National Film Development Corporation’s next, a highly acclaimed, Hindi feature Island City, is slated for a Pan-India theatrical release on September 2, 2016.
The directorial debut of Ruchika Oberoi stars Vinay Pathak, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Amruta Subhash and Chandan Roy Sanyal.
The film was selected at 26 International Film Festivals and won top awards at 5 festivals.
The film connects three stories, two black comedies and a tragi-comic tale of love showing an ever-changing city in a time of uneasy transition.
Nina Lath Gupta, Managing Director NFDC says, “Island City came to NFDC as part of Screenwriters Lab and was also selected at the Film Bazaar. We are happy to nurture the film right from the script stage, produce it and now bring its exciting journey to a logical end by releasing it.”
“This is NFDC’s second feature after Vees Mhanje Vees to be releasing this year and we are planning to release two more films in the near future” Ms. Gupta adds.
Excited about the release, Ruchika Oberoi says, “ISLAND CITY has had an incredible festival journey so far but there is no greater joy than having one’s film release at home. This is now becoming a reality due to the efforts of NFDC which has nurtured this film every step of the way – from script stage through production and now to release. With the support of Drishyam Films, who are on board as distribution partners, we hope to have a substantial theatrical presence and reach out to audiences across several cities.”
The film follows three comic-dramatic stories set in Mumbai. The first is about a diligent office worker who wins the office ‘Fun Committee Award, which entitles him to a whole day full of fun. He is most reluctant to leave the safety of his cubicle but he has to. Prescribed fun modules have to be completed and non-compliance is not an option…
The second story begins with a domineering head-of-the-family, Anil, who is on life support. Seeking some relief, his family decides to buy a TV, which Anil had banned. Now every night the family plugs into a popular soap whose hero, Purshottam, is a man ideal in every way and they are smitten. Then suddenly, comes the news that Anil is better and may be home soon. Will they have to let Purshottam go? The third one centers on Aarti whose repetitive existence is slowly making her more and more mechanical and numb. Deep inside ferments a disconnect and unease that she is unable to articulate to anyone. Then one day there arrives a most intimate letter and everything changes…
The National Film Development Corporation of India is the central agency established to encourage the Good Cinema movement in the country. The primary goal of NFDC is to plan, promote and organize an integrated and efficient development of the Indian film industry and foster excellence in cinema. Over the years, NFDC has provided a wide range of services essential to the growth on Indian Cinema. NFDC (and its predecessor the Film Finance Corporation) has so far funded/produced over 300 films. These films, in various Indian languages, have been widely acclaimed and have won many National and international awards.
NFDC has been the leading co-producer of international films including Gandhi, Salaam Bombay amongst others and the trend continues with recent co-productions such as Qissa, The Lunchbox, Arunoday and ChauthiKoot.
Apart from its unique positioning in the film industry as a film development agency, NFDC also functions as a business unit by producing advertisement campaigns supplemented with 360 degrees support to government clients. So far, NFDC has strategized and developed significant communication for the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, amongst many others.
NFDC organizes Film Bazaar, South Asia’s Global Film Market in Goa. Film Bazaar is the biggest co-production and distribution market for the entire South Asian region and is held every year in November, alongside IFFI. In its 10th edition, the Bazaar is a platform exclusively created to encourage collaboration between the International and South Asian Film fraternity.
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