Abhay Deol Proud to Have Worked With Children, Coaches For ‘Jungle Cry’
MUMBAI, (IANS) – ‘Jungle Cry’, a film that documents the journey of underprivileged children winning the prestigious U-14 Rugby World Cup has released on OTT.
Abhay Deol, who plays the role of the coach in the film, is in awe of the children who won the World Cup and coaches who never gave up on their training.
Commenting on the streaming film’s release, Abhay shared, “In this land of cricket, where there is hardly any noise about Rugby, 12 young children from rural India made history. I hope to have honored their dedication and commitment to Rugby and the country with this incredible film that defines nothing is impossible.”
The actor feels “proud to have had a chance to work with these children and coaches” to present their wonderful story to the audience.
Helmed by Sagar Ballary, the sports drama is based on the real-life story of Indian rugby coach Rudraksh Jena of Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, who guided a team of 12 rural Odisha boys to a historic victory in the Junior Rugby World Cup in England in 2007.
Backed by Bollywood Hollywood Productions Prashant Shah, the film also stars Atul Kumar, Stewart Wright, and Julian Lewis Jones, in supporting roles and cameos by Nigel Owens, Phils Bennett, and Colins Charvis, the former captain of Wales.
The film has won accolades at various film festivals such as Cannes World Film Festival 2021, Wales International Film Festival 2021, London Independent Film Awards 2021, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2021 and was also awarded as the Best Film – Jury Award at the 11th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2021 among many other prestigious awards.