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ATN Canada to Introduce 100 Episodes as a Tribute to 100 Years of Indian Cinema

September 17, 2013


Asian Television Network International Limited (ATN), a South Asian Broadcaster, announced that it will produce a Canadian television series of 100 Episodes as a tribute to 100 Years of Indian Cinema.

According to a release, the series will feature 100 celebrities from the film Industry with an International perspective. The series will feature exclusive interviews with stalwarts of the Indian Film Industry including Movie Stars, Producers, Directors, Music Composers and Playback Singers.

ATN said ATN Canada has reached into the depth and breadth of its own massive archives to enable it to embark on a nostalgic dive into the memory-land of Indian cinema. The forthcoming new series is planned with a special Canadian flavor as most of the icons and glittering stars of the Indian cinema have at some time or the other during the past 3 decades, either visited ATN in Canada or have been interviewed by ATN on location.

The production is based on the interviews and shared moments with the icons of the Indian cinema who, while on foreign soil and away from the film studios, have dropped their guard and opened up to show their real personal warmth and their real personal charm that, amongst other things, makes the production original. It is a labor of love, as the archives and the library go back in history when the concept of ATN as what it is to-day was a mere hope in the future. The series will be produced at ATN's new High Definition Studios and Broadcast centre. The series will use precious footage from its original Canadian Production Archives, some of which may not be available anywhere else in the world.

ATN's Tribute to 100 Years Of Indian Cinema will include Exclusive interviews with Mega Movie Stars from the Hindi Film Industry such as Raj Kapoor, Devanand, Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Rekha, Sridevi, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Sunny Deol and Producers & Directors like Yash Chopra, V. Shantaram, Ramanand Sagar, B. R Chopra, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Mira Nair & Manmohan Desai to name a few.

It will also include Mega stars from the Southern film industry such as Dr. M.G. Ramachandran, Shivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Rajanikant, Kamala Hassan, Prabhu Deva, Jaya Pradha, and more and artists from the Punjabi Film Industry such as Gurdas Mann, Aryan Babbar, Om Puri, Sonu Sood, Diljit Dosanjh, Narender Chanchal, Rupinder Handa & Divya Dutta

ATN noted that it will pay its tribute through outstanding Singers such as the Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi, Oscar winner A R Rahman, Mukesh, Asha Bhosle, Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and others. ATN will also showcase Canadian success stories' contribution to Indian Cinema such as Deepa Mehta, Jaspinder Narula, Harbhajan Mann, Lisa Ray, Adnan Sami, Raghav and many more.

"It has been a privilege to have been involved with the Canadian Broadcast Industry and the Indian Film Industry. My Father, a lawyer turned film producer was a Pioneer in Indian cinema. He was one among the first in Southern India to Produce a Feature Film with sound. Based on his tremendous Goodwill, I have had the honor of interviewing several of the above mentioned Extraordinary Celebrities from the Indian Film Industry. As the Founder of ATN in Canada I am delighted to be blessed with this opportunity to be associated with the Centenary Celebration of Indian Cinema" said Dr. Shan Chandrasekar President and CEO of ATN.

The series will commence in September 2013 and run for 52 weeks at prime time on ATN HD and other selected ATN affiliated Channels. ATN will deploy close to 100 staff members for this project at different levels including Programming, Script Writing, Production, Post Production, Graphics, Marketing and Sales. ATN may also be syndicating selected shows internationally.

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