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Benegal completes shooting for "Well Done Abba"

Renowned film-maker Shyam Benegal has completed shooting for "Well Done Abba" and the satirical comedy is slated for release later this year.

Benegal has collaborated with Big Pictures, the motion pictures brand of Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd, for the movie.

The final schedule of the film, which stars Boman Irani in a double role along with Minissha Lamba and Samir Dattani, was wrapped in Ramoji Filmcity and Ibrahimpattnam village in Hyderabad, earlier this month, a spokesperson for Big Pictures said.
Shyam Benegal, while directing 'Well Done, Abba'.
Shyam Benegal, while directing 'Well Done, Abba'.

The film has also been been shot in parts at Whistling Woods, Film City, Mumbai and the Mumbai - Pune Expressway.

Benegal has been in the front ranks of film-makers in India right since his first feature film, "Ankur" was released way back in 1974. An author, director and a social activist, Benegal has been honoured with some of the most prestigious awards like Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award and numerous National Film Awards.

In ‘Well Done Abba’ he narrates the story of Armaan Ali, a driver working in Mumbai. He takes leave for a month to find a husband for his teenage daughter, who lives in a small locality close to Hyderabad. Armaan Ali returns to work only after 3 months. His young employer wants to sack him but is persuaded to listen to the reason why Armaan got so delayed.

The film is inspired by two short stories; ‘Narsaiyyan Ki Bavdi’ by Jeelani Bano and ‘Phulwa Ka Pul’ by Sanjeev and a film treatment by Jayant Kriplani.

The film has screenplay by Ashok Mishra, music by Shantanu Moitra and lyrics penned by Ashok Mishra, Swanand Kirkire and Ila Arun,

The movie also stars Ravi Kishen, Ila Arun, Salim Ghouse, Sonali Kulkarni, Rajit Kapur, Yashpal Sharma, Ravi Jhankal and Deepika Amin.

Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL) is the flagship media and entertainment arm of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG), with significant presence in film entertainment (film production, distribution, and exhibition), broadcasting and new media ventures.

With investments over USD 1 billion in its Filmed Entertainment business, Big Pictures has built a film production slate in Hindi, English and other Indian languages, which it markets and distributes worldwide. The slate has projects with leading production houses and directors like Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rakesh Roshan, David Dhawan, Indra Kumar, Ravi Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Sudhir Mishra. Shaji N. Karun, Shyam Benegal, Rituparno Ghosh, Buddhadev Dasgupta, M.S Sathyu and Amol Palekar.

On the Hollywood slate, Big Pictures has development silos with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Productions, Jim Carrey's JC 23 Entertainment, George Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures, Tom Hank's Playstone Productions, Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment, Jay Roach's Everyman Pictures, Brett Ratner’s Rat Entertainment and Julia Roberts’ Red Om Films.

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