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Star Movies presents Ladder 49

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Mumbai, March 16, 2006… Fire! It's man's most ancient friend, but also our most ancient foe. Sure, it might toast our marshmallows and keep us snuggly in the wintertime - but when it starts ravaging our homes the truce is well and truly off. And that's when we need firefighters! It's time for adrenaline, overflowing action as Star Movies presents the John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix starrer, 'Ladder 49', a gripping film about the life of a fireman, on Friday, March 24th at 9 p.m.

Ladder 49 is the story of a firefighter- the loves, the losses and of course the roaring flames! Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy (John Travolta), probationary firefighter Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he gets trapped inside a 20-story building. As he reflects on his life, now Assistant Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him.

This action packed, star-studded film bagged $100,572,044 at the worldwide box office. Catch some spectacular special effects and stunt work and some very impressive performances by actors like Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta in this gripping film which will keep you glued to your seat, right till the very end.

Experience the life of a firefighter by watching this spectacular action-packed film, Ladder 49 on Friday, March 24th at 9 p.m. only on Star Movies.

About Star

STAR is a leading media and entertainment company in Asia. STAR broadcasts over 50 television services in nine languages to more than 300 million viewers across 53 Asian countries. STAR channels cover all genres including general entertainment (Star Plus, Xing Kong, Star Chinese Channel, Star One, Star Utsav, Star World, Vijay, Phoenix Chinese), sports (ESPN, Star Sports), movies (Star Chinese Movies, Star Gold, Star Movies), music (Channel [V]), and news and current affairs (Star News, Star Ananda, Phoenix InfoNews Channel). STAR controls over 20,000 hours of Indian and Chinese programming and also owns the world's largest contemporary Chinese film library, with more than 600 titles, featuring superstars including Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat and Bruce Lee. In partnership with leading companies in Asia, STAR businesses extend to filmed entertainment, television production, cable systems, direct-to-home services, terrestrial TV broadcasting, wireless and digital services. STAR is a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation. www.startv.com

For further information please contact:

In Mumbai

Zeenat Khan Shiraz Bhavnani / Aditi Chada

Asst. Vice President - Publicity Vaishnavi Corporate Communications

STAR (India) Ltd. Tel: 91-22-5656 8787

Tel No. 91-22-56305555 Fax: 91-22-5656 8788

Email:sbhavnani@vccpl.com / achada@vccpl.com

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