Datuk Vinod Sekhar, Head of PETRA Group, Co-Producer Movie for the Academy Awards

The Film Federation of India’s official entry for the Academy Awards (The Oscar) 2015’s Best Foreign Language Film category, is co-produced by Malaysian company PetraTara Studios – a subsidiary under the PETRA Group.

Directed by Geetu Mohan Das, an India-based film maker and actor, Liar’s Dice has been attracting the attention of international movie lovers as it made its round at various high-profile film festivals, including premiering at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

Liar’s Dice, which received the Hubert Bals fund from Rotterdam, is Geetu’s first feature film.

Prior to Liar’s Dice, Geetu, along with her award-winning director/cinematographer husband, Rajeev Ravi produced her first short fiction film, Kelkkunnundo. The film premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and subsequently won three international awards.

Shot by Rajeev, Shot by award winning cinematographer, Rajeev Rai, the movie follows the story of Kamala and her 3-year-old daughter from a tribal community on the Indo-Tibet border. They embark on a journey in search of her husband who goes missing after having left for work many months. Along the journey, they encounter an army deserter, who decides to accompany them to their destination.

The film has won two National Film Awards in India for Best Actress and Best Cinematography, a special jury award at the Sofia International Film Festival as well as the Best Actress Award at the Annual New York Indian Film Festival.

Speaking about her first feature film, Geetu revealed that PetraTara Studios’ chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Vinod Sekhar is none other than her uncle.

“I was chatting with my uncle on Facebook and I told him this is my script, I need money. The fact that he jumped on board and offered me the support is a big deal for me,” she explained with a laugh.

Datuk Vinod Sekhar said, “Geetu presented a good story to me and there is no reason for me to turn her down. The fact that Liar’s Dice was selected as India’s official entry for the Oscars is a big recognition to her work.”

He added, “It is also the first Malaysian-produced movie that was being submitted for the prestigious award. It was a proud moment for all Malaysians.”

Vinod Sekhar is the chairman and CEO of PETRA Group, a technology conglomerate that is for its green rubber technology. One of its subsidiaries, Green Rubber Global holds the patent rights DeLink process, a green rubber technology to recycle used rubber.

A report suggested that PetraTara Studios has a number of other projects lined up and the company is set to shake the film-making industry with a series of high profile international productions in the pipeline.


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