The teaser and first poster of Hindi movie ‘Jungle Cry,’ a true story of Rugby Team of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) was showcased at Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2019. The sports biopic stars Abhay Deol in the lead and portrays the real-life story of Indian rugby coach Rudraksh Jena, who guided a team of tribal boys to a historic victory in the Junior Rugby World Cup.
The founder of KIIT and KISS, Dr. Achyuta Samanta has faced many challenges to send 12 tribal boys under the age of 13 of KISS Rugby Team to participate in the World Cup Rugby at London in 2007. The team not only won the Champions Trophy but also received the special attention of Rugby fans across the world. This account of young boys and their struggling life events motivated the directors, writers, and actors of Bollywood and Hollywood to create a film on the same.
The main focus of the film “Jungle Cry” is how the educational institution promoted Rugby among their tribal boys and girls and succeeded in making an identity in the world. In the movie, the struggling life of eminent educationist and social activist Dr. Samanta has also been portrayed. Few rugby players of the institute have also acted in the film and stayed in England for 1 month for the shooting. The shooting of the film has been done in different parts of India and London; this is the first Bollywood movie whose 80% shooting has been done in Odisha.
The movie is scheduled to be released at House of Lords on May 20.
On the occasion of poster and teaser release ceremony, Dr. Samanta was invited as the Special Guest at Cannes Film Festival and House of Lords. However, he could not attend both the programs due to prior commitments and his representative Dwiti Chandragupta Vikramaditya attended both the programs. The film is scheduled to release in September 2019. Jungle Cry will take part in different competitions across the globe before releasing in the Box Office.
Dr. Samanta thanked the producers Shabbir Boxwala and Prashant Shah; director Sagar Ballary; writer Dipankar Giri; actors-actresses and other team members of the film.