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Film on historic victory of Odisha boys in Junior Rugby World Cup

The trailer of Abhay Deol starrer film ‘Jungle Cry’ is out. It is based on the real-life story of Indian rugby coach Rudraksh Jena of Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), who guided a team of rural Odisha boys to a historic victory in the Junior Rugby World Cup.

The film is directed by Sagar Ballary. Emily Shah plays the role of a physiotherapist. The trailer shows how a coach leads an underdog team to victory in an international sports tournament.

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Achyuta Samanta’s ‘Jungle Crows’ rugby team, made up of 12 Odisha tribal kids, and coached by Paul Walsh (former employee at British Consulate in Kolkata), went on to make Indian and British history by winning the Rugby World Cup in England in 2007.

Abhay’s character asks his superior at one point that the players he is supposed to help train have never heard of the game, let alone actually play it. “How is that even possible?” he wonders. He then begins reading up on the sport.

The UK coach Paul, whose idea it is to build the team, explains the potential players, “It is basically like kabaddi, with a ball.”

Jungle Cry is produced by Prashant Shah and Shabbir Boxwala.

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