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Angry Indian Goddesses received well in rural areas, says director Pan Nalin

Himesh Mankad | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 5:55 IST

After receiving three standing ovations at the Toronto Film Festival, India's first female buddy film, Angry Indian Goddesses, is finally slated to release in India this Diwali. The makers launched the theatrical trailer of the film at an event in Mumbai today. At the trailer launch event, director Pan Nalin spoke about the difficulties he had to face to get a theatrical release in India.

"We had a really tough time to find distributors for our film. We are a part of star driven industry or rather studio driven industry. The biggest problem in India is that we have great film makers but their films don't get the ideal release platform," Nalin explained.

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He went on to say,

"I think Indian audiences are ready to accept films belonging to all genres, and they can smell good films. All we need to do is bridge the gap between distributors, exhibitors and audiences to make it easy for a film to release."

A Still from Angry Indian Goddesses

A Still from the film

"We have wanted to release this film in India since a long time but could not because we did not get the right support from the people. Festival screening was never a part of our plan as the only intent to make this film is to entertain the audiences in India. We cannot write off our audiences like that as we know people will like this film," the director further added.

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He went on explain how his team was determined to succeed.

"To prove the distributors wrong, we conducted 10 to 12 test screening across the nation and we got terrific response from all over. The film was shown in Rajasthan and other rural areas too, and the response all over was very positive."

When a journalist asked the cast about the clash of the film with Salman Khan's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo this Diwali, actress Sarah Jane Dias said,

"So what? What's the big deal? I am sure that Salman Khan himself will watch this film and even like it. Our target audience is way different from Prem Ratan Dhan Payo's target audience."

First published: 14 October 2015, 5:08 IST
Himesh Mankad @himeshmankad

Himesh Mankad is an entertainment journalist who has a B.Com degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He prefers covering Bollywood and loves good stories and music. When not watching movies, he can be found on a cricket field strutting his stuff.