Ankur, Mania Aur Kabutar (Operation Pink Pigeon)
Director: Madan Bawaria
Hindi – English Subtitle /1989/Colour/96minutes (Also available in: Tamil)
Dr. Sinha is one among several ornithologists working towards saving the endangered pink pigeon – native to the picturesque Mauritius. On a trip to the country he takes his grandson Ankur along. Ankur becomes friends with Maina – the daughter of Dr. Sharma. The team, face many obstacles in their quest, the most crucial being that the pink pigeon does not breed in captivity. But guided by their zeal, and the innocence of the children amidst them, the group of scientists achieves the impossible. This film won the best Children’s Film Award at the National Film Awards in 1989. It was also the first Indo-Mauritius production and kick started the film industry in that small, island nation.
Director’s Biography: Madan Bawaria
A diploma holder from the Film and Television Institute of India, (FTII) Pune, Madan Bawaria has directed many advertising film. He has also worked as a Chief Assistant Director to many well known directors including Basu Chatterjee in the feature films ‘Puja’ and ‘Manzil’
Best Children’s Film Awards – 37th National Film Awards – India – 1990