DAR Film Distributors to release Girish Malik’s ‘JAL’
• Set for a 21 March 2014 release and shot against the picturesque landscapes of the ‘Rann of Kutch’
• ‘Jal’ was the only Indian film to be in-competition at the recently concluded Busan International Film Festival
OneWorld Films today announced that they have aligned with DAR Film Distributors (DFD) for the India distribution of their internationally acclaimed Girish Malik helmed Hindi feature film ‘Jal’. Oneworld Films and DAR also announced that the film which has been shot across the picturesque Rann of Kutch is scheduled for a 21 March 2014 release across India.
Directed by Girish Malik the film stars Purab Kohli, Kirti Kulhari, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Saidah Jules, Mukul Dev, Yashpal Sharma and Ravi Gossain amongst others. Jal was also the only Indian film to have made it to the prestigious in-competition segment of the recently concluded Busan International Film Festival and was also more recently it was the official selection in the Indian Panorama section at IFFI Goa.
Commenting on the movie, Director Girish Malik, said: “JAL to me has always been a content driven entertainer. There is no rule, that to create a wholesome entertainer you have to treat the subject with insensitivity. The film is called Jal but the plot is about human interaction in all its honesty, albeit told in a very commercially entertaining way laced with rib tickling good humor.
“It was thus imperative that our distribution partners needed to be a specialist and not just any film distributer. It’s with that understanding that we collaborated with DAR. Their modus operandi is suited for the masses and the classes as seen with their last couple of releases,” added Girish.
Jal is the story of a young water diviner, BAKKA who is gifted with a special ability to find water in the desert. With the backdrop of water scarcity, the film tells a complex and intriguing story of love, relationships, enmity, deceit and circumstances that bring about the dark side of human character. It is a high-octane, action- drama with a shocking climax. Shot on an epic scale, the film is a visual treat and has managed to capture ‘Rann Of Kutch’ like never before prompting even ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ to applaud Jal as “a breathtakingly photographed tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.”
Murli Chhatwani, Head- Distribution & Syndication, Dar Film Distributors, said, “We at DAR have always given prominence to content driven entertainers, whether it is with the ones that we produce ourselves or the ones we get involved in at a later stage. The success of The Lunchbox has further validated our confidence in Indian audiences and their interest in contemporary and quality cinema. Moreover, judging by the applause that Jal has received both in the international circuit as well as amongst the diverse Indian audience at the IFFI screenings, along with the way Kutch has been captured in the film, we are very positive about its success.”
Notes to the Editor
About One World Films:
Founded in 2010, Oneworld Films Pvt. Ltd. is an upcoming production house; with the goal to produce films which carry a universal connect. Our aim is to deliver films with great stories, rich visual imagery, engaging storytelling and a sensibility that touches every human’s heart. Having more than 26 bound scripts in various genres like Drama, Crime, History, Humor, Travel, Crossover; we believe that originality is the soul of filmmaking.
We intend to bring the diverse Indian culture and unheard stories from Indian subcontinent to the attention of film aficionados spread over the globe. The focus is always on making entertaining films with a soul, which can bring Indian films to the forefront of world cinema. At Oneworld Films we believe in the concept of no boundaries.
From a strong content driven philosophy to ability to create a visually stunning and entertaining cinema, the way forward for Oneworld Films is to craft brilliant working relationships with actors and technicians alike and expand the film making horizon. We strive to make inroads into international film sales and distribution through thought provoking, avant-garde cinema that has world sensibilities.
About DAR Film Distributors:
A wholly-owned subsidiary of DAR Media, DAR Film Distributors Private Ltd. (DFD) is headed by Mr. Murli Chhatwani who joined DAR from Cinergy where he was the business head for its film distribution business and has an experience of over 15 years. The initial focus of DFD is acquiring and distributing quality content in Hindi and other regional languages providing International content to the Indian market and offering fully-fledged distribution and syndication support to in-house productions.
In July 2012, DFD acquired the all-India theatrical rights of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of the Batman trilogy from Warner Bros India. The deal, which was the largest ever commercial deal for a Hollywood film in India, also marked the first time that Warner Brothers entered into a country-wide distribution deal for any of its films. It followed this up in quick succession with distribution of the sixth installment of the prestigious Fast and Furious franchise and the Si-fi blockbuster Oblivion, as well as home production D-Day and Mickey Virus.