NFDC submits Shanmugam's $2.5 mn film to Cannes

MUMBAI: National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) will be submitting Parthiban Shanmugam‘s You‘re Rejected to Cannes as India‘s entry.

Apart from directing it, Shanmugam, a versatile writer and director of Indian origin, is also producing the film with a budget of $2.5 million.

"The film revolves around George, a self-appointed soldier of Christ, who has embarked on a tortured personal quest to investigate lifestyles that disgust him and that he regards as rejected by God. His interactions with a wide range of people reveal their struggles toward self-acceptance even as the investigations begin to erode George‘s defences against his own demons," said Shanmugam.

You‘re Rejected, filmed in the Bible belt of Georgia, USA, is slated to release in 2009 during the US Presidential elections.

"The views of the Republican Presidential candidates‘ echo those of the film‘s lead character George who is conservative and provocative. Hence, we decided to release the film during the 2009 US elections," says an official source.

The film spins around gay and lesbianism captured by the canvas of American conservatism, life style and existence.

"We don‘t know how the Indian censor board will see the film because from the beginning to end the film contains religious extremist views. However, our distributors are very eager to release the film in India," the source adds.

Presidential candidates like senator Hillary Clinton, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Chicago senator Barack Obama, Tennessee senator John Edwards, governor Mitt Romney, senator and actor Fred Thompson, Arizona senator John McCain, Delaware senator Joe Bidden from the opposite camps with different opinions about the gay issues, have become members in Parthiban‘s film site at MySpace.

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