Fortissimo Takes India's 'Michael' Overseas

Presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures' Tipping Point Films banner, 'Michael' will have its world premiere Thursday in the Contemporary World Cinema section in Toronto.

NEW DELHI - International sales agent Fortissimo Films has acquired distribution rights outside India of Michael, a character-driven psychological thriller starring acclaimed veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah. Co-produced by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and the directorial debut of Ribhu Das Gupta, Michael is presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures' "alternative" banner Tipping Point Films.

Set in Kolkata, Michael  stars Shah (whose international credits include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) "as a man on a downward moral and emotional spiral." Michael will have its world premiere Thursday in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“Ribhu is just one of the exciting new generation of filmmakers coming out of India. We’re especially delighted to be working alongside Anurag Kashyap and his team as well as Viacom18 Motion Pictures. They have an exciting vision of new cinema and we share their passion for discovering upcoming talent," said Fortissimo senior VP, Acquisitions and Development, Chris Paton.

In 2009 Fortissimo picked up its first Indian film for overseas distribution, Road, Movie directed by Dev Benegal that also saw its premiere at Toronto.

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