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Director Arun Chidambaram’s ‘KANAVU VARIYAM’ Wins Prestigious REMI Award in Worldfest

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HOUSTON: Arun Chidambaram’s ‘Kanavu Variyam (Dream Factory)’ wins the Prestigious Remi Award. This award will be given in the 49th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival scheduled from April 8-17. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World. They discovered Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List), Ridley Scott (Gladiator, The Martian), George Lucas (Star Wars), Ang Lee (Hulk, Life of Pi), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr.Banks) and others top directors with their early Premieres. Of over thousands entries, from over 43 movie-producing nations worldwide, only a few are chosen for screening.

They concentrate on only the very best, selecting new American & Foreign Independent films that truly deserve a premiere at WorldFest. ‘Kanavu Variyam’s World premiere will be at WorldFest-Houston on April 9, at 7 PM in AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale Road, Houston, TX 77063. Tickets can be bought at www.kanavuvariyam.com. Arun is the first Tamil director to win this prestigious recognition. In addition to playing the lead role and directing the movie, Arun has written the Story, Screenplay, Dialogues and Lyrics for ‘Kanavu Variyam’.

The recognition for ‘Kanavu Variyam (Dream Factory)’, doesn’t end here. ‘Kalla Manna’ (‘Stone Or Sand’) a song Featuring in ‘Kanavu Variyam’ has won international recognition too. It has been ACCEPTED to be screened and nominated for the ‘Best Youth Focus Music Video’ and ‘Best Foreign Language Music Video’ by the ‘Bare Bones International Film & Muisc Video Festival (17th Annual)’ scheduled from Apr 19 to 24 in Oklahoma, USA. ‘Kalla Manna’, is an eye opener for young and old of all the indoor / outdoor games children can play (instead of being couch potatoes in front of video games and television). This music video chronicles (lyrically and visually), 51 traditional games played in Indian villages.

In addition to these prestigious International recognitions, ‘Kanavu Variyam’ has also won the Special Jury award from the National Science Film Festival held on Feb 9-13, 2016, organized by the Government of India. Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner and ace director Shyam Benegal has widely appreciated ‘Kanavu Variyam’ quoting “A fictional narrative celebrating the spirit of innovation in a young man”.

Arun Chidambaram, Writer and Director of the movie ‘Kanavu Variyam,’ completed his Masters in USA and worked for JP Morgan Chase in Chicago. Arun quit his lucrative job and cozy life in the United States and returned to Chennai, India to pursue his dream and passion in Cinema. Arun has also won personal accolades from the former President of India Dr.APJ.Abdul Kalam.

Arun, is the son of ‘Aanazhagan’ Dr.A.Chidambaram, an Indian Sportsman, US trained Physical Culturist and a pioneer in the the field of Physical Culture in Southern India for more than 4 decades. He has been the personal Health Adviser for several VIPs  in Tamil Nadu including Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR. Kanavu Variyam is produced by Dr.A.Chidambaram and Karthik Chidambaram in the banner of DCKAP Cinemas.

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