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December 22, 2006
City of Toronto hosts world premiere of Bollywood film
The City of Toronto is proud to announce that it will host the world premiere of the film “GURU” - India’s first mainstream international release. Stars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, along with Producer Bobby Bedi will be in Toronto for the film’s debut.

Indian Cinema leads the world in sheer volume of production and in terms of its diversity and artistry. Today, Bollywood is an international brand and its films are creating a cultural bridge, bringing the world to India, and introducing India to the world.

For the first time, Toronto will host a world premiere of an Indian film. “Guru,” being released for mainstream audiences in Canada, is not only the story of India’s most successful industrialist, but also the story of India’s success. The film is directed by Mani Ratnam (Bombay, Peck in the Cheek, Yuva) and Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, two of India’s most sought after actors. The music is composed by A. R. Rahman (Fire, Earth, Water & the show - Lord of the Rings). Producer Bobby Bedi (Bandit Queen, Fire, Maqbool, and The Rising) is one of India’s premiere movie figures.

“We chose Toronto as the venue for the world premiere because Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world,” said Bedi at a December 6, 2006 press conference in Toronto. He also indicated that the stars and crew will personally present “Guru” at the premiere, which will be held at the Elgin Theatre on January 11, 2007.

“Toronto has, for more than 25 years, been a centre of excellence in film production and Canada’s centre for English language cultural industries,” said Mayor David Miller. “This gathering and world premiere reflects our multicultural city and our connections around the globe. This is great for Toronto and for our film industry.”

“Guru” will achieve another first - it will be the first Indian film to be distributed by a Canadian Distributor, Roger Nair Productions. This marks the emergence of Canada as a separate distribution territory for Indian Cinema and signals an emergence of the city of Toronto as a global player.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Rhonda Silverstone, Manager, Toronto Film & Television Office, 416-392-1333
Roger Nair, Roger Nair Productions, 416-560-1415



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