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Akshay Kumar, Ashvini Yardi’s first regional film selected for Pune International Film Festival

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MUMBAI: When actor Akshay Kumar teamed up with Ashvini Yardi to form the production house Grazing Goat Pictures, nobody had thought he would get such a good response. After taking the world by storm with their first Bollywood Film Production Oh My God (OMG), the two have embarked on a journey of creating milestones in the entertainment industry with their regional ventures, 72 Miles Ek Pravas, a critically acclaimed Marathi regional film, and Bhaji in Problem, a Punjabi regional film which has garnered admiration internationally.

72 Miles Ek Pravas was the duo’s debut into regional films and has received positive feedback from international audiences when it was shortlisted at the celebrated London Indian Film Festival. Grazing Goat Pictures has now etched another feather in its hat with the film having its second reputable screening at the illustrious 12th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF).

Of the 500 entries in the international feature competition section for PIFF, 14 films have been shortlisted. Out of 35 entries in the Marathi feature competition, only seven movies have been selected, one of which being 72 Miles Ek Pravas, alongside national award-winning filmmaker Nagraj Manjule’s Fandry, Aditya Sarpotdar’s Narbachiwadi - produced by Film Farm, Laxman Utekar’s Tapaal, Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhtankar’s Astu, and Rege by Abhijit Panse.

Other categories at the festival include, World Competition, Animation, Live Action, Global Cinema 73, Country Focus, Retrospective, Indian Cinema Today, Legends We Remember, Tribute, Special Screening: NFDC and Gems from NFAI.

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