Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Whisperers wins at Worldfest Houston

According to Subhash K. Jha from IndiaFm, The Whisperers featuring Rahul Bose and Manoj Bajpai has won two major awards at the 40th World fest in Houston.

Rajeev Virani (director), the guy who helmed the recent fiasco My Bollywood Bride for producer-actress Kashmira Shah, has some reason to be proud. "It was the first ever screening of The Whisperers and I never expected this kind of a response. My producer Ashok Rao is from Houston. So I wasn't allowed to feel like a fish out of water" says Virani.

The annual film festival which plays host to hundreds of new feature and documentary films from the world over held from April 20 –29, gave Virani's film the awards for Best Editing (LA-based Anthony Adler) and Best Film in a thriller genre.

Virani confesses it was The Whisperers he wanted to make first. "But no producer would back a thriller that had no blood and gore. So I grabbed the chance to direct another film in between."

The young director now looks forward to releasing The Whisperers in the large metros of India. "It's a cerebral thriller and therefore not likely to have a mass appeal. My producer and I know the target audience for the film and are prepared for a niche response."

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