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Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’ releases in India

Acclaimed actor Abhay Deol, who is best known for his roles in films such as Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara, Dev D, Aisha among others, has always been noted for his choice of films and work.

The well noted actor will now present the Best Film at Cannes Film Festival, 2016 which won the Golden Palm and the BAFTA award ‘I, DANIEL BLAKE’, directed by the acclaimed veteran director Ken Loach, which is all set to release in India through PVR’s Vkaao – theatre on demand initiative. 

The film brought to India by former festival director of the Mumbai Film Festival, Srinivasan Narayanan and boarded by Deol to present, tells the story of a 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack who befriends a single mother and her two kids as they navigate their way through the impersonal, Kafkaesque benefits system. With equal amounts of humor, warmth and despair, the journey is heartfelt and emotional until the end.

In an interview Loach said his film was a “universal story of people struggling to survive. There is a conscious cruelty in the way we organize our lives…The most vulnerable people are told that they are responsible for their poverty. If you have no job, it is your fault.”

Speaking about why he acquired the film Actor-Producer Deol said, “ The film is simple, straightforward and brutally honest. I, Daniel Blake illustrates how far away we’ve moved from our humanity and is relatable to everyone. The film is a masterpiece and a testament to the apathy that pervades a world that values money over life. When Mr.Narayanan brought me this film, I wanted to be a part of bringing to to a larger audience in the region and am glad am able to do so”.

Picked up at the Cannes Film Festival by the former Mumbai Film Festival director, Srinivasan Narayanan who is known for his passion for good films from all over the world says that he fell in love with the film when he watched it at the Festival. 

Speaking about the film Narayanan said “ I think it is about time that films like I, Daniel Blake released in the country. It is not only a fabulous film, but also so relevant. I am glad a strong independent voice like Abhay is backing the film and we are able to release it in theaters. Hope that audiences in the country book their tickets through Vkaoo and make this initiative a success”.

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