Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensen's drama Green Book to release in India on 23 November

Indo-Asian News Service

Nov 06, 2018 14:12:51 IST

Comedy drama Green Book will hit the screens in India on 23 November.

Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensens drama Green Book to release in India on 23 November

A still from Green Book. YouTube

The film is based on a true story of friendship and relationship between working class Italian-American bouncer who becomes a driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960's American South. The film is not a biopic but is inspired by the true story about friendship between Donald Shirley, an erudite African-American pianist and his white chauffer Tony Lip.

Green Book had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018, and won over not just the audiences but also went on to win the People's Choice Award. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film has Viggo Mortensen essaying the role of Tony Lip and Mahershala Ali essaying the role of Shirley.

Mortensen said: "This is a movie about a relationship between a black man and a white man before the Civil Rights Act, and the backdrop is one of obvious socio-economic and racial tension. In many ways, we're facing the same problems today that are depicted in the film. There are a lot of mirror images and mirror concepts that our story deals with, between 1962 and now, and I think people will find that enlightening as well as entertaining."

Ali said: "This is a perfect film for audiences around the world because it's about people who are different and who are able to discover their similarities and teach each other things about their differences. They're able to accept each other. These men come from very, very different worlds and they become allies."

The film also has Don Stark and Linda Cardellini in supporting roles.

Anil D Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment will release the movie in the country, read a statement.

Updated Date: Nov 06, 2018 14:12:51 IST