A new Indian movie, Liar’s Dice has been jointly produced by Malaysians and starring critically acclaimed artistes, Geetanjali Thapa, Bollywood’s latest sensation Nawazuddin Siddiqui. It is directed by Geetu Mohandas and has been selected by the Film Federation of India as that country’s official entry for Best Foreign Picture at the 87th Academy Awards or known to all as the Oscars.
It was held on February 22 at the Dolby Theater at Los Angeles, and this is the first time a Malaysian company has had entry at the Oscars. PetraTara Studios is headed by Chairman Datuk Vinod Sekhar and Vice Chairman Datuk Eric Chong.
Vinod said: “Becoming the official selection from India itself is an amazing achievement. It is not just a proud moment for Indians, but also for all Malaysians and proves that there is nothing we cannot achieve together.”
Chong said Liar’s Dice had also been selected for screening at the Sundance Film Festival and International Film Festival in Rotterdam. “It won a Special Jury Award at the Sofia International Film Festival this March,” he said.
The movie had already won two National Film Awards in India for Best Actress and Best Cinematography – indeed, a big achievement for everyone involved in making it.
Vinod Sekhar is no stranger to the world of arts and entertainment. Known for his visionary goals to make the world a more sustainable living space, he was honoured as “Global Visionary Leader of the Year” by ALDA (the American Leadership Development Association and Leaders International on March 5.
When he formed the STI Group in 1990, it later formed a multimedia arm of the group and it was responsible for the first Malaysian joint venture to produce a movie at Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida (Tarzan: The Epic Adventures). After 1997, STI merged with other international interests and The Petra Group was created and Vinod is its president and CEO.
Now, the 46 year old carries an impressive list of achievements under his belt and it all began when he manifested his interest in business as a college student. He started a clothing line, Vincent Siefer Clothing Co. and formed the Sitavani Foundation which focused attention on the education of children and child development programmes. This was also the start of his mission to make the world a better place.