DVK GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT INVESTMENT FORAYS INTO BOLLYWOOD BY PARTNERING WITH INDIA’S ACCLAIMED FILM “BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG”
By: Natasha Mudhar
Somalilandsun – DVK, the international private equity and commodity trading company, founded by the multi award-winning financial alchemist Deepak Kuntawala, is proud to partner with the acclaimed film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and ROMP Picture’s and distributed internationally by Reliance Entertainment, as the Global Partner for the film’s eagerly anticipated UK tour.
Taking place in July, the international tour for the film will see stars Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor, director of BAFTA nominated film Rang De Basanti Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, writer Prasoon Joshi and Milkha Singh himself in attendance.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag tells the incredible true-life story of Milkha Singh, aka ‘The Flying Sikh’, who is forever enshrined in India’s psyche as one of the country’s most loved and esteemed sporting heroes. Many recall Milkha Singh as a world champion in the 400 meters, who infamously lost the penultimate race of his life – the 400 meters final at the Rome Olympics – but won in life.
Ever the innovative entrepreneur, Deepak Kuntawala recently chartered new territory when he established DVK Global Entertainment Investment, to nurture and finance unique global entertainment projects. The fund is governed by leading international law firm Mishcon De Reya and structured by the world’s largest professional services firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The fund’s first heavyweight project was its title sponsorship of An Evening with Pacino, which brought the award-winning icon Al Pacino to the London stage. The partnership with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag marks the fund’s official launch in July 2013 and its entry into the Indian film industry
Speaking about DVK’s sponsorship of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’s international tour, Deepak Kuntawala says: ‘DVK is at the forefront of championing, nurturing and bringing to global recognition a variety of unique entertainment projects. We started our innings by bringing the critically-acclaimed show ‘An Evening with Pacino’ to the London stage, and now we continue to reach great heights in the entertainment arena by being the international partner for the incredible film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The partnership also marks DVK’s foray into the world’s largest film industry – Indian Cinema – and we are hugely excited for this development.”
Milkha Singh’s life is a portrait of professional triumph over personal tragedy. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag attempts to understand a catastrophic loss that was deemed a sure victory and explores through the darkness of disgrace Milkha Singh’s redemption and catharsis that came when he confronted his past. This iridescent tale winds through the plagues of a bloody civil war where Milkha’s family were brutally killed during the violent and tumultuous India-Pakistan Partition era resulting in a lost childhood, homelessness, to a life of petty crime and victories hard won and easily lost.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag releases worldwide on 12th July 2013 through Reliance Entertainment.