Abhay Deol Acquires Three NFDC Film Bazaar Titles –Labour of Love, Leeches & Kaagaz Ki Kashti
~The actor and producer plans to pick more films from the 10th Film Bazaar held in Goa from Nov 20th-24th, 2016~
Goa, November 22nd, 2016: Abhay Deol acquires three NFDC Film Bazaar titles – critically-acclaimed indie films Labour of Love, Leeches & Kaagaz Ki Kashtiand champions a straight-to-digital release route for the productions.
Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Labour of Love was submitted to Viewing Room in 2014 and was also a part of the ‘Film Bazaar Recommends’ section. Payal Sethi’s Leeches is a short film that was a part of 2015’s Viewing Room. Brahmanand Singh’s Kaagaz Ki Kashti is a documentary on Jagjit Singh that is a part of the Viewing Room this year.
Personally curated by Deol who is a regular attendee at the Film Bazaar says, “The Film Bazaar has been happening now for 10 years. I have attended it at least a good three to four times, and I have seen a lot of growth each time and it’s really exciting. Nina has worked on it so dedicatedly with a small team, and the structure that they’ve put forward is very productive. It’s great that they entertain projects in all stages of development, whether it’s in pre-production or in post-production. The Film Bazaar creates an environment that aids the filmmaker at various levels, and it’s become accessible to a lot of people.“
Speaking on the acquisitions, Deol comments, “I saw Labour of Love at IFFLA and was blown away with Aditya’s aesthetic sensibilities, and his ability to spin a story without any spoken dialogues! Payal’s Leeches is an important film that people need to watch. She has beautifully woven a compelling story around an issue that is anathema to our social fiber and wellbeing. My most recent select is Kaagaz Ki Kashti, which pays homage to Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh and premiered at MAMI 2016. Brahmanand is a savant behind the lens and succeeds in powerfully bringing the legend back to life. I strongly believe in these films and want to ensure that audiences across the world watch them.”
Speaking about Abhay’s initiative, Aditya Vikram Sengupta said, “We’re very excited about this opportunity to collaborate with Abhay Deol and take the next step in this incredible journey of Labour Of Love. Abhay has been a champion for the film right from the beginning, and will help in introducing the film to an even wider audience. I’m also happy about the fact that he is taking the initiative to further the movement of Indian independent cinema.”
Joining him, Payal Sethi added, “This is the start of a new movement for Indian indies, which need to look towards innovation, not just in filmmaking, but distribution as well. I applaud Abhay’s trail-blazing stance, which is a huge boost for films such as mine, which have proven capable of winning accolades on the world-stage. This initiative gives our films a digital lease on life and empowers us to build audiences beyond a successful festival run.”
Brahmanand Singh, whose documentary was most recently the talk of the town, said, “I feel initiatives for films like these by ambassadors like Abhay is needed for the film to reach its rightful audience in the long run. A film is a film, and the key is to keep you hooked to the narrative, and legends like these need to be remembered and perpetuated for posterity.”
Everyone, from the maker to those championing them like Abhay, as well as distributors and platforms like Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime etc. need to come together to drive these initiatives to its rightful viewers.”
Abhay Deol will continue to curate films he loves and present them to audiences the world over by collaborating with Digital Platforms.
I have attended Film Bazaar at least three to four times, and I have seen a lot of growth each time; it’s really exciting. Nina Lath Gupta (MD NFDC) has worked on it so dedicatedly with a small team, and the structure that they’ve put forward is very productive. It’s great that they entertain projects in all stages of development, whether it’s in pre-production or in post-production. The Film Bazaar creates an environment that aids the filmmaker at various levels, and it’s become accessible to a lot of people,“ Abhay Deol to Priyanka Raina