Trailer of movie Jungle Cry – a film based on a true story of 12 Indian boys who went on to make history by being the first ever Indian team to win a Rugby Nations cChampionship was launched on May 19 at Festival De Cannes 2019.
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Very excited about this film of mine! Here’s the first look poster, based on the true story of a bunch of tribal kids who were football players but got trained in Rugby and went on to win the under 14 Rugby World Cup in the UK in ‘07. And all they had was 4 months to train! #junglecry @bhpent @realemshah @abhaydeol @festivaldecannes #cannes2019 @sagarballary @shabbirboxwalaofficial @psbhp @jassybal @preeeetibal @chirpycrow @kullar_jas @sukiSingh_ @kissfoundation @rubeena.d
The film ‘Jungle Cry’, a Hollywood / Bollywood production, is due to be released in July 2019. The official trailer and poster was unveiled during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. ‘Jungle Cry’ showcases a triumphant journey of young tribal boys who used to play sports barefoot, were trained to play Rugby in just four months and then go on to win the International Junior Rugby Tournament held in England in 2007.
Starring Abhay Deol in lead, Jungle Cry is a sports biopic based on rugby coach Rudraksha Jena.
Societe Generale, supporting rugby since 1987, is partnering with Rugby India since 2016 to harnesses talent from the grassroots and build strong national teams by taking them to their highest international level. For Antoine Castel, Chief Executive Officer for Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking in India: “The message conveyed by ‘Jungle Cry’ is completely aligned with Societe Generale’s involvement in Rugby especially in India. In a year where we are also supporting Rugby World Cup 2019 happening in Asia for the first time ever, this story, taken to the most disadvantaged communities, is giving a sense of empowerment and self-belief and also helping these youngsters achieve their dreams.”
Director Sagar Ballary adds, “This is my first sports biopic as a director and it’s indeed a special one as the film is as authentic and organic as it can be. Being a true story, our film is blessed to capture teenage rugby players on the field to brand partners such as Societe Generale, that has a rich rugby lineage. Societe Generale is synonymous with iconic moments in Rugby World Cup’s history and I was extremely excited to reignite this powerful combination when we were at Wales. Followers of the sport know the bank’s valuable contribution to the game.”
Lead actor Abhay Deol comments, “I am elated that Societe Generale with more than 30 years of rich global Rugby lineage has come onboard to showcase this spellbinding adventure of the rise of the underdogs winning the game at a global level. Societe Generale is driven by the engaging promise in the statement ‘The Future is You’ where they want to empower individuals to build their own destinies. The children are the future of a country and our film is a vehicle that has captured their passion, achievement and the progress they have made for India. “
Producer Prashant Shah comments, “The story of Jungle Cry has been filmed in India and Wales. The partnership with Societe Generale in the movie has been so realistic because they have truly been supporting Rugby globally. The fact that this sports biopic has managed to draw such relevant and vital brands with worldwide reputation has enhanced the enthusiasm levels of cast and crew.”