Over the last few weeks the attention of millions of cinema lovers in India has been on the once slightly crusty but now much revamped, Mumbai Film Festival. But meanwhile, away from all the highbrow hoo-haa, one of Bollywood’s’ lost children was having a party of its’ own with the sensational world premiere of The Goa Run in the heart of London at Raindance 2014. The screening was a resounding success and the UK film industry’s reaction has started to make waves back in India. The movies director John Owen couldn’t be happier.
Raindance billed The Goa Run as `hard edged Bollywood’ with `edge of the seat action’ to match. Indeed Owens’ rollercoaster adventure pulls no punches when it tells the gritty story of a motorcycle taxi driver from Goa, played by Rajeev Khandelwal, who falls in love with a beautiful and beguiling drug smuggler from London. This out-and-out commercial feature was originally produced by UTV Spotboy but got lost in the long grass during Disneys’ protracted take-over of the parent company UTV Motion Pictures.
The Goa Run (aka Peter Gaya Kaam Se) is much anticipated in India and its’ ongoing lack of distribution plans has only added to its’ cult status amongst Bollywood enthusiasts. Indeed, the Vue Piccadilly was buzzing when the movie finally had its first ever public screening, with fans having travelled from all over the UK just to see this unreleased Bollywood gem.
Apart from fans, friends and family, there were high-flying industry folks amongst the excited Raindance audience too.
Amongst the industry reps at the screening was AV Pictures’ Chris Hainsworth who was impressed by The Goa Run’s sheer entertainment value.
Owen says he was particularly chuffed with the reaction from Mara Pictures representative Sanam Hasan who also felt the Goa Run lived up to its’ `edge of the seat’ billing, so much so that she immediately made an approach to Disney for the films UK digital rights.
When it comes to clout in the industry AV Pictures are no slouches either and Chris Hainsworth made no bones about his confidence in The Goa Run when he dropped Owen a line the next day.
But if that’s the case, then why has this lost child of Bollywood been so ignored? Owen is philosophical.
Will that be a Goa Run? Watch this space.