Pioneers in international filmmaking unite the crÃ¨me of mainstream and Indian film talent – Amitabh Bachchan and Ben Kingsley – on one cinematic canvas Serendipity Films, one of the most pioneering film production companies to emerge from India in recent times, is proud to introduce its forthcoming film project at Cannes International Film Festival 2009. Already much hyped on the international film circuit, Teen Patti will be introduced by Serendipity Films to this year’s gathering of the key players from the global film industry, cineastes and media alike.
The second film to emerge from the forward-thinking and futuristic Serendipity stable, Teen Patti is an extraordinary example of the finest in mainstream and Indian talent being united ‘on screen’, as respective acting heavyweights – godfather of the Indian film industry Amitabh Bachchan and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley – come together in a cinematic tour de force that is sure to win the praise of both critics and aficionados of independent Indian cinema alike. Much of the dialogue thus far on the mainstream amalgamating with Indian cinema has been ‘behind the scenes’ such as joint ventures and exploring opportunities to create crossover films.
However, Teen Patti celebrates the front of camera synergy between the artists themselves. Set in both India and England, the film is an emotionally riveting and razor sharp thriller about greed, deception and giant feats of the imagination. Relayed against the backdrop of modern India, Teen Patti is one of the most fascinating new films to emerge from Asia. Comments Ambika Hinduja, “We are extremely excited about introducing Teen Patti at Cannes for the global audience. Serendipity Films combines the collaborative genius forces from India and abroad to make films that engage not only the international imagination but also the deep core of our shared humanity. Most Indian film production houses make films that appeal to an Indian audience.
However, through Serendipity Films, our vision is to make films that appeal not only to an Indian audience but also to the global audiences.” While the idea of independent cinema was still nascent in India, Ambika produced Being Cyrus, a film noir that examined the themes of greed and identity, with critically acclaimed performances by Saif Ali Khan, Naseeruddin Shah and Dimple Kapadia. This debut feature film was an art house hit that won numerous awards, and remained a firm favourite on the international film festival circuit. Teen Patti marks the already hyped follow-up to Serendipity’s debut feature, and is sure to create a stir at this year’s prestigious Cannes International Film Festival.