M Night Shyamalan to visit India, will receive Padma Shri

By Bollywood Hungama News Network

Very few directors of Indian origin have been able to make a mark for themselves in Hollywood and probably one of the most prominent among them is director Manoj Night Shyamalan.

M.Night Shyamalan, as he is known as in Hollywood, is the person responsible for giving us the shivers through his films like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs and The Village.

The Indian born director who has been living in the U.S. for a long time is now all set to make a visit to his motherland after nearly a decade. And the reason for his making a visit to India is two-fold.

First and foremost the director, who has won many international awards for his work is set to receive the prestigious Padma Shri Award from the President of India. For the uninitiated, the Padma Shri is one of India's highest civilian awards after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan.

Another reason that has probably got the incredibly gifted director back to his birth-land after a hiatus is the release of his forthcoming film The Happening. The Happening is a supernatural thriller which stars Mark Wahlberg and is co-produced by Twentieth Century Fox along with UTV Motion Pictures.

Bollywood Hungama spoke to Siddharth Roy Kapoor, CEO- UTV Motion Pictures to get some more details on Night's visit to India. "Yeah, we are eagerly looking forward to M Night Shyamalan coming here to India. He would be arriving in the first week of May and would be in Mumbai for a couple of days. Post that he moves to Delhi to receive the prestigious Padma Shri." says Siddharth.

Considering Night Shyamalan's films have a huge fan following in India are there any special plans in store to promote the movie? "Yes, we will be giving an opportunity for the media to interact with him considering he hasn't come to India in a while. Other than that also we are planning some promotional activities for our film The Happening which releases worldwide on June 13th. It's quite apt that this supernatural film opens on Friday the 13th", says Siddharth with a smile.

And finally, how was the experience working with an internationally acclaimed director like Night Shyamalan, "It's been a very good experience. He is a very planned-out, methodical director who knows exactly what he wants to do and it was great working with him" signs off Siddharth Roy Kapoor.

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