First Look: Abhay Deol and Emily Shah in Sagar Ballary’s Rugby biopic Jungle Cry

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We have your first look at an exciting new film! Directed by Sagar Ballary (Bheja Fry), JUNGLE CRY follows the incredible journey of 12 underprivileged children who came from the most extreme tribal areas, playing sports barefoot and went on to win the prestigious U14 Rugby World Cup in England. The triumphant story stars Abhay Deol (Hero, Line of Decent), Emily Shah (Fortune Defies Death), Atul Kumar (Manto), Stewart Wright (Doc Martin, Doctor Who) and Julian Lewis Jones (Invictus, Justice League). The film also features cameos by some of the top names in the sport, including world-famous rugby referee Nigel Owens, Wales and British Lions fly-half Phil Bennett, and Colin Charvis, former captain of the Wales National Rugby Union Team.

The ‘Jungle Crows’ rugby team came from the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences in Orissa, India which has over 30,000 children from tribal, underprivileged, and orphaned backgrounds and strives to eradicate poverty through education and sports. The inspirational team, along with coaches Rudraksha Jena and Paul Walsh MBE, went on to make Indian and British history.

Prashant Shah commented; “Jungle Cry is truly an inspiring film that promotes education, sports and helps eradicate poverty and create patriotism for every nation and we are very excited to release it to a global audience of cinemagoers.”

Check out the teaser!

Headed by Veteran Mumbai and Hollywood producer Prashant Shah (My Name is Khan, The Bruce Lee Project), Bollywood Hollywood Production is kicking off its theatrical distribution ambitions with the release of the eagerly anticipated UK/India co-production of this rugby biopic.

Showcasing the culture and heritage of Wales, the World Premiere of JUNGLE CRY was on 10th March 2020 at the Ffwrnes Theatre Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, hosted by The Government of Wales with the support of First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford. The film received a standing ovation in the presence of Sara Edwards, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed.

Emily Shah

Then, Bollywood Hollywood Productions launched the new teaser and official poster for JUNGLE CRY at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences in Orissa, India with around 4,000 children performing the haka dance as part of the launch.

After a theatrical postponement due to the pandemic, JUNGLE CRY releases in the UK, US, UAE and key territories on 20th May 2022. Lionsgate Play is releasing the JUNGLE CRY in India and the subcontinent in June, marking the launch of the OTT platform in the region. Sony Music has partnered for soundtrack distribution world-wide.

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