TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Hari Om Entertainment, First Take
Entertainment, Productions Polytechnique RP and Whizbang Films announced
today that principal photography on BREAKAWAY will begin on
Monday, September 20, 2010. The film introduces Canadian newcomer
Vinay Virmani, who plays the lead role in the film and also stars
Russell Peters, Rob Lowe, Anupam Kher and Camilla Belle.
BREAKAWAY is a cross-cultural hockey drama set in the
Indo-Canadian community of suburban Toronto, Canada. The film follows a
hero caught between a family's traditional expectations and a dream to
make it in the national sport of his adopted country. The movie is a
colourful, humorous and heart-felt drama. The setting is an
obstacle-strewn love story with a dramatic quest for the hero. Crafted
by acclaimed director Robert Lieberman, the film will be
presented by Akshay Kumar, one of the Indian film industry's most
renowned and recognizable stars. BREAKAWAY is produced by Ajay
Virmani (First Take Entertainment), Frank Siracusa and Paul
Gross (Whizbang Films), André Rouleau (Caramel
Films) and Don Carmody (Don Carmody Productions).
Akshay Kumar says, "The subject of this film has moved me. The
challenges of a young man's journey in his adoptive land represent the
struggles for justice and equality. I am thrilled to be a part of this
truly international film allowing the glass ceiling to be broken and
truly defining world cinema."
"I am thrilled and excited to be working on BREAKAWAY, a
wonderful, romantic, sports comedy. It tells the story of a group of
young Indo-Canadians who although spurned by the largely Anglo hockey
community, have the dream of being a competitive team in the big
tournament. The film gives us a rare peek into the culture and lifestyle
of the Sikh community while providing plenty of action and laughs. At
the center is also a cross-cultural love affair. BREAKAWAY is
compelling, fast, with plenty of hockey as well being inspirational.
With such big stars as Akshay Kumar (biggest star in Bollywood), Russell
Peters, and Camilla Belle. BREAKAWAY is bound to appeal to
a very wide audience. This is one helluva piece of entertainment and I
am elated that I get to helm it," says director Robert Lieberman.
"I grew up in Brampton, where BREAKAWAY is set and I know the characters
in this movie first-hand. This is a great story about an Indian kid
with a dream to do his own thing….something I know a thing or two
about," says Russell Peters. Russell, along with his
brother Clayton Peters will also serve as Executive Producers of
"I am excited to be part of this project, with an extremely talented
cast and crew. The subject of the film will breach cultural boundaries
as it tells the story of a young man's struggle to deal with ethnic
conformity and social acceptance in his new adoptive land. The film
will reach the hearts and emotions of a global audience," says Vinay
"It's a privilege to be a part of a film that celebrates the Sikh
culture and tells a beautiful story of equality and perseverance. Coming
from a multicultural background, this script truly touched me and I
believe it will move people around the world, regardless of their
background." commented Camilla Belle.
"BREAKAWAY is truly an international film. I am looking forward to
being a part of it," says Anupam Kher.
Mr. Gurpreet Ghuggi, one of the most acclaimed Punjabi
actor/comedians in India, Ms. Sakina Jaffrey, who has
demonstrated her exemplary acting skills in several cross-cultural films
as well as on the stage and Ms. Noureen DeWulf, a remarkable,
upcoming young actress.
The project has been made possible by funding from Telefilm Canada and
is being produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation. It will be distributed in Canada by Alliance Films.
BREAKAWAY is a fun, action-filled, emotional sports comedy
bringing a dash of Bollywood entertainment to Canada's favourite sport. BREAKAWAY
begins principle photography on Monday, September 20, 2010 and is
scheduled to launch in the fall of 2011 by Alliance Films in Canada and
Hari Om Entertainment in India.
About Hari Om Entertainment:
Akshay Kumar helms Hari Om
Production, one of India's premier production houses. Hari Om continues
to work with internationally acclaimed production houses.
About First Take Entertainment:
First Take focuses on the
development of cross-cultural projects. First Take Entertainment
remains committed to producing diverse and unique films. Ajay Virmani
heads First Take Entertainment.
About Whizbang Films:
Led by Actor/Writer Paul Gross and
Producer Frank Siracusa, Whizbang has entertained Canadian and
International audiences alike with high quality, award winning dramatic
TV series, Mini-series and Feature Films. In 2009 their film
Passchendaele won six Genie Awards including the Golden Reel for highest
Canadian Box Office.
About Caramel Films:
Productions Caramel Film is a Montreal
based company specialized in the development and production of feature
length films for the Canadian and international marketplace, such as the
award winning 2009 feature Polytechnique. The creator of Caramel Films
is André Rouleau.
About Don Carmody Productions:
Don Carmody has been producing
films for almost 40 years. Beginning in the 1970's with David
Cronenberg's Shivers, Rabid, and The Brood. Other notable films include
Meatballs, directed by Ivan Reitman, Porky's, the highest grossing
Canadian film in history, Oscar winners Good Will Hunting and Chicago
and most recently, Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D. In addition to his many
awards, he just won his first Genie for producing Polytechnique, one of
nine Genies the film earned.
SOURCE FIRST TAKE ENTERTAINMENT
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