Leading Bengali producer SVF will produce a movie based on the true story of Canadian child cancer victim Evan Leversage. The child was called “The Boy Who Moved Christmas” in the media after the people of his hometown staged a celebration two months before Christmas in 2015 to ensure that the boy could mark the event before his death.
SVF’s film, to be directed by Sriji Mukherji, will transport the story to Kolkata, according to a press release. Titled Uma, the story will revolve around a girl who has been raised in Austria and suffers from a terminal ailment. Her father, Himadri, brings Uma to Kolkata so that she can see Durga Puja before her death, even if it means orchestrating a false festival for the girl.
Mukherji’s film will feature Jisshu Sengupta, Anjan Dutt, Anirban Bhattacharya and Rudranil Ghosh. The film will mark the debut of Sengupta’s daughter, Sara, who will play Uma.
The Autograph director revealed in a statement that he was moved to tears when he first heard Leversage’s story. “I wanted to capture this rare act of humanity on celluloid so the inspirational story reaches a bigger audience cutting across geographical boundaries,” he said. The director reportedly contacted Leversage’s mother, Nicole Wellwood, to inform her of the adaptation.
Leversage’s story was “inspirational and touching”, SVF co-founder and director Mahendra Soni said. “We at SVF, believe in promoting and producing path-breaking films that often sets the trend and I have no doubt in my mind that this film will touch people’s heart everywhere on earth, breaking the language and cultural barriers,” he said.
Movies have the power to inspire us like nothing else.
Why do we love watching movies? The question might be elementary, but one that generates a range of responses. If you had to visualise the world of movies on a spectrum, it would reflect vivid shades of human emotions like inspiration, thrill, fantasy, adventure, love, motivation and empathy - generating a universal appeal bigger than of any other art form.
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— Shristi, 30
Beyond the vibe of a movie theatre and the smell of fresh popcorn, there is a deeply personal relationship one creates with films. And with increased access to movies on television channels like &flix, Zee Entertainment’s brand-new English movie channel, we can experience the magic of movies easily, in the comforts of our home.
The channel’s tagline ‘Leap Forth’ is a nod to the exciting and inspiring role that English cinema plays in our lives. Comparable to the pizazz of the movie premieres, the channel launched its logo and tagline through a big reveal on a billboard with Spider-Man in Mumbai, activated by 10,000 tweets from English movies buffs. Their impressive line-up of movies was also shown as part of the launch, enticing fans with new releases such as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baby Driver, Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Tower, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Life.
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— Siddhant, 26
Indeed, movies can inspire us to ‘leap forth’ in our lives. They give us an out-of-this-world experience by showing us fantasy worlds full of magic and wonder, while being relatable through stories of love, kindness and courage. These movies help us escape the sameness of our everyday lives; expanding our imagination and inspiring us in different ways. The movie world is a window to a universe that is full of people’s imaginations and dreams. It’s vast, vivid and populated with space creatures, superheroes, dragons, mutants and artificial intelligence – making us root for the impossible. Speaking of which, the American science fiction blockbuster, Ghost in the Shell will be premiering on the 24th of June at 1:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M, only on &flix.
“I relate a lot to Peter Parker. I identified with his shy, dorky nature as well as his loyalty towards his friends. With great power, comes great responsibility is a killer line, one that I would remember for life. Of all the superheroes, I will always root for Spiderman”
— Apoorv, 21
There are a whole lot of movies between the ones that leave a lasting impression and ones that take us through an exhilarating two-hour-long ride. This wide range of movies is available on &flix. The channel’s extensive movie library includes over 450 great titles bringing one hit movie premiere every week. To get a taste of the exciting movies available on &flix, watch the video below:
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