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Nagesh Kukunoor's award-winning film ‘Dhanak’ 
to release in USA on June 17
Nagesh Kukunoor’s internationally-acclaimed film ‘Dhanak' will be releasing in theatres across the United States of America on June 17, including in top-tier cities like New York, New Jersey, Irvine, Bellevue and Houston, among others. 

With ‘Dhanak’, the noted filmmaker completes his human-trilogy after his award-winning films ‘Dor’ and ‘Iqbal’, that captivated the hearts of the audiences with their simple yet heartwarming stories. With the touching emotional bond between a brother and sister at its core, ‘Dhanak’ too is an enchanting fable that reinforces the belief that life is beautiful.   

Presented by Drishyam Films, 'Dhanak' has been screened at some of the most prestigious film festivals across North America where it has received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, such as TIFF Kids, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. After having picked up two top awards at the Berlin International Film Festival last year, ‘Dhanak’ will be releasing in India and USA simultaneously on June 17. 

Written and directed by Kukunoor, the film has been produced by Manish Mundra, Nagesh Kukunoor & Elahe Hiptoola. The film will be distributed in USA by Krian Media.

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Synopsis: Dhanak revolves around the eight-year old visually-impaired boy Chotu and his 10-year-old sister Pari, who has promised her younger brother, that he will be able to see by the time he turns nine. Cheerful, spirited and cheeky, Chotu is the life of his small village in Rajasthan, while Pari is his eyes and his best friend. One fine day, Pari sees a poster of Shahrukh Khan (SRK) appealing to people to donate their eyes, and is convinced that her reel life hero can help her fulfil her promise to her brother. And so Pari sets out with Chotu on a magical road trip through Rajasthan where they encounter a motley bunch of characters.  

About Drishyam Films 

A company born out of love for cinema, Drishyam Films aims to build a platform for unique voices of Indian independent cinema and create global content with rich Indian flavours.

Their filmmaking journey started with the award-winning film Ankhon Dekhi directed by Rajat Kapoor. Its success was followed by Umrika directed by Prashant Nair which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2015 and won the Audience Choice Award in the World Dramatic Competition section. Soon after, Dhanak directed by Nagesh Kukunoor not only premiered in the Generation Kplus at Berlinale 2015, but also won the Grand Jury prize, as well as, a Special Mention from the Children’s Jury. The success at Sundance and Berlin was amplified by Masaan directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, that premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2015 and brought home laurels by winning the Un Certain Regard Promising Future Prize and FIPRESCI Award.

Drishyam’s latest film Waiting directed by Anu Menon, premiered in the ‘Cinema of the World’ program at the prestigious Dubai International Film Festival, and released across India on May 27 to universal acclaim. Their upcoming productions include Atanu Mukerjee’s Rukh starring Manoj Bajpayee and Amit Masurkar’s Newton starring Rajkummar Rao. Drishyam Films has also partnered with the Sundance Institute, USA to organise a Screenwriters’ lab for Indian writers. The second edition of the Drishyam Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab was conducted in Udaipur, Rajasthan, in April this year. They have recently set up a VFX studio specialising in post-production and visual effects for feature films and commercials. 

Theatre List:

1. AMC Empire 25 – New York, NY
2. REG Commerce Center Stadium 18 – North Brunswick, NJ
3. AMC Newport Centre 11 – Jersey City, NJ
4. AMC New Brunswick 18 – New Brunswick, NJ
5. AMC Mercado 20 – Santa Clara, CA
6. CNMK Milpitas Great Mall 20 – Milpitas, CA
7. CGND Cine Grand Fremont 7 – Fremont, CA
8. REG Macarthur Marketplace Stadium 16 – Irving, TX
9. AMC Stonebriar 24 – Frisco, TX
10. CNMK Lincoln Square Cinema 16 – Bellevue, WA
11. REG Westpark 8 – Irvine, CA
12. AMC First Colony 24 – Sugar Land, TX
13. AMC Studio 30 Houston – Houston, TX
14. REG Countryside Stadium 20 – Sterling, VA
15. AMC Barrington 30 – South Barrington, IL

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