For the first time in the cinematic history of Indian cinema, the international sales agent Fortissimo Films has completed a deal to represent a Hindi film titled Road, Movie, that’s being directed by Dev Benegal (of English August and Split Wide Open fame). Road, Movie is presented by The Indian Film Company (TIFC), the leading Indian motion picture studios, in association with Studio 18. The said deal will cover markets outside the Indian territories.
While the original screenplay of Road, Movie is done by Dev Benegal, it is being produced by the eminent producers Susan B. Landau and Ross Katz. For starters, Katz earned the Best Picture Academy Award Nomination for Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation as well as Todd Field’s In The Bedroom. Susan B. Landau’s dozen strong repertoire includes the Cannes closing night film in 1999, An Ideal Husband that starred Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Julianne Moore and Rupert Everett. Shot on a lush canvas, Road, Movie stars Abhay Deol alongwith Tannishtha Chatterjee and actor- director Satish Kaushik. In a nutshell, Road, Movie is basically a carnival-esque drama that follows a young man driving an antique Chevy with two old film projectors in the back and discovering love, life and laughter on the Indian highway.
The film is touted to be a colourful road trip of a lifetime – Benegal’s love letter to cinema and the open road, is set against the backdrop of the epic desert landscape of India – the Kutch region in Gujarat and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Talking about the film, Sandeep Bhargava, CEO of the advisory to The Indian Film Company, said, “We are excited that one of international cinema’s most respected and successful sales agents’, Fortissimo Films, has taken a shine to our film and is partnering with us to deliver it to global audiences. Road, Movie is an important milestone in our company’s endeavour to support India’s growth on the cinematic world stage.
And it’s a great honour to collaborate with Susan, Ross and Dev on this project.” While Fortissimo Films’ Co-Chairman Michael J. Werner, remarked that “We are thrilled that our first foray into distributing a new domestically produced feature film from India is director Dev Benegal’s, Road, Movie. It is a project that we were following for nearly two years and what captivated us about the script was how it captured aspects of India that are at once alluring, charming, revealing and compelling.” The Fortissimo Films – Indian Films deal brings in to sharp focus the global interest in indigenous Indian films following the global acclaim earned by Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire.