Deepa Mehta's film adaptation of
Salman Rushdie's novel 'Midnight's Children' is slated for a
February release in India.
The film has been doing the festival rounds already and
will be released in India by PVR.
"'Midnight's Children' will most likely be released in
India in February because we are trying to coincide with the
international release of the film," Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, JMD,
PVR Ltd, told PTI.
Despite the controversial author Rushdie being involved
with the project and Mehta's earlier run-ins with
fundamentalists, Bijli is not treating this release as a
"We don't see any problems as such. It's not something we
are very concerned about. We'd be going about it the same way
as any other product. This one is very special to us as we
have an Indian director involved. It has got a great Indian
cast as well. Such films are rare to come by. I'm thinking of
the positives, not negatives, as of now," he said.
With an ensemble cast of Shriya Saran, Rahul Bose, Soha
Ali Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Seema
Biswas and Shahana Goswami, the film has been generating quite
a buzz internationally.
Another big film which PVR is set to distribute in India
is Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist', an adaptation
of Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid's novel of the same name. The
film will release here in April.
"We've been acquiring independent English films for the
past 10 years. We were tracking Mira Nair's film for a while
and finalised the deal in Cannes. We are planning to release
the film both in Hindi and English across 200 screens, or
maybe more depending on the time of the release," said Bijli.
"It's a great thing having these two Indian filmmakers
adapting these celebrated novels into films and then trusting
us with their product. It is a responsibility and a huge
honour as well," he said.
Bijli said that even though such films may have a niche
audience, PVR is striving to screen all kinds of movies in
"We are in the business of showing movies, we need to
show all kinds of films. Some will cut across all segments of
the society, but we do have multiplexes at locations where the
audiences are very discerning," he said.
PVR has distributed some major Hollywood films in India
and Bijli said they have long-standing relationships with some
of the major studios which enable them to bring overseas
content to Indian shores.
"Our criteria is to look at films which have an appeal in
India, latest being the Twilight series which just
concluded. The five films were a huge success. Then we also
had Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly," said Bijli.
In January, PVR is set to release Mark Wahlberg's The
Lone Survivor, Katheryn Bigelow's portrayal of the hunt for
Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty and Ewan
McGregor-starrer The Impossible, based on the true story of
a Spanish family's experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean