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Abhay Deol’s Rugby film ‘Jungle Cry’, about 12 tribal boys, honoured

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Monday, 3 May 2021 (15:39 IST)
Bhubaneswar: “Jungle Cry” a film on the inspiring true story of 12 students from Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS) won the ‘Best Film’ (Jury) award at the 11th Dada Saheb Phalke International Film Festival 2021.

The film is based on the triumphant journey of 12 KISS students to the International Junior Rugby Tournament held in the UK in 2007 winning the prestigious U14 Rugby World Cup in England.

Jungle Cry is a story that defines nothing is impossible and promotes that education, sports and helps eradicate poverty and create patriotism for every nation, as KISS does.

The Rugby film, helmed by Sagar Ballary of “Bheja Fry” fame and Prashant Shah of Bollywood Hollywood Productions chronicles the journey of 12 students of KISS.

KISS, a home for 30,000 tribal students was established for tribal children empowerment through education also focused on sports as a tool for empowerment.

Rugby was introduced in 2005 in KISS by its Founder Dr. Achyuta Samanta.
In 2007, 12 KISS boys Rugby teams represented India in the U14 Rugby World Cup in England and created history.

Since then KISS has promoted and popularised the game of Rugby all over India. This unique achievement of KISS has been beautifully depicted in “Jungle Cry”.

KIIT and KISS founder Dr. Samanta, congratulated Prashant Shah, Producer and Sagar Ballary, Director for this recognition and thanked the Jury.

“I am very glad that the Jungle Cry, a movie on how KISSians won the U14 Rugby Championship in England braving all geographical, cultural and strategic barriers in 2007”. Dr Samanta said. (UNI)

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