Korea seems to be emerging as a major for Indian films. After Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish, which will hit over 250 screens in Korea, the next Bollywood film will be Amole Gupte’s Stanley Ka Dabba (SKD).
“We are releasing Guzaarish on November 3, followed by SKD. Though we’re yet to decide when and with how many prints,” says BJ Park, president of Apex entertainment, Korea, which earlier released 3 Idiots (2009).
SKD released in India on May 13 and received a lot of critical acclaim. And apart from being screened at the on-going Mumbai Film Festival organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images earlier this week, it has also travelled to various others including the Chicago South Asian Film Festival, Prague Indian Film Festival, International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences SCHLINGEL and Busan International Film Festival.
Other fests where it will be screened include the International Children’s Film Festival India (November 14 to 20), Minsk International Film Festival (November 4 to 11), AFRIFF International Film Festival in Nigeria (November 30 to December 4), Filem'on in Begium (November) and 29th International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! Poland (December 4 to 11).
“We are proud that it is creating a name for itself and our country,” says Gupte, who in the past has written actor Aamir Khan’s debut directorial Taare Zameen Par (2007).
Sharing the sentiment, Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios (I) Pvt. Ltd, that distributes the film adds, “SKD is probably the most important film this year. While it is set in India, its message is relevant across the world. It’s our little contribution towards enlightening audiences about the rampant issue of child labour.”