Jungle Cry Bags ‘Best Film’ Award At Dada Saheb International Film Festival

A tale of grit and determination, Jungle Cry, has won the ‘Best Film’ (Jury) at the Dada Saheb International Film Festival 2021. Directed by Sagar Ballary of ‘Bheja Fry’ fame and produced by Prashant Shah of Bollywood Hollywood productions, the movie chronicles the journey of 12 rugby players of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).

The story revolves around the true episode of 12 students from KISS and follows their triumphant journey to the International Junior Rugby Tournament held in the UK in 2007. They go on to win the prestigious U14 Rugby World Cup in England. The underlying message of the movie is how sports can be a tool to eradicate poverty.

KISS is home to 30,000 tribal children and was founded by Dr Achyuta Samanta, whose character is also portrayed in the movie.

“I am glad with the success of Jungle Cry, a movie on how KISSians won the U14 Rugby Championship in England braving all geographical, cultural and strategic barriers. I feel so happy that KISS, which was established for the empowerment of tribal children and enablement through education, also focussed on sports as a tool for empowerment and transformation,” Dr Samanta wrote in his blog.

Rugby was introduced in KISS in 2005 and two years later the boys team won the International tournament, garnering praises.

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