Choti belongs to a farming community in a semi-desert region of Rajasthan where her people are known for conserving the environment, especially the deer. One day she notices a man from a community of hunters who depend on hunting deer as their source of livelihood, trying to shoot a deer. Chhoti rescues the deer only to cause a flashpoint between the two divergent communities. This short film sensitively portrays the moral dilemma caused by a clash between different ways of life and the need for protecting the environment. It won the Swarna Kamal for Best Short Fiction Film at the 54th National Film Awards in 2006.
Director’s Biography: Ramesh Asher
A graduate of FTII, Ramesh worked with Indian Space Research organization (ISRO) on its educational television project. He has since worked on numerous documentaries as editor, director, producer and script writer. He is also associated with numerous NGOs working in rural areas. ‘Ek Adesh…’ is his first film
Special Mentioned By Jury – 15th International Children’s Film Festival – India – 2007
Important trade ties between India and the small African nation of Murundi, are soured when the country’s diplomat Simon Bubumba, who is also the brother of the president of that nation, is kidnapped. Kakababu and Sontu discover some important clues regarding the kidnapping. They help the police in finding out more about the kidnappers. In the process a surprise awaits them as they also encounter a thief who has stolen a piece of stone collected from the Moon’s surface by US astronauts. With India’s global diplomatic reputation at stake, it is up to the kids to solve the mystery
Director’s Biography: Pinaki Chaudhary
Pinaki Chaudhary started his directorial debut with Bengali Feature Film ‘Chana Achena’ in the year 1992. Thereafter he has directed several Bengali & Hindi films and Teleserials. In 1997 he won the National Award as a Director as well as Producer for the Best Feature Film in Bengali, ‘Sanghat’. Some of his notable films are ‘Narak’, Balidan’, Kakababu Hayray Gaylane’ Hotat Basanta’ and ‘Khoj’
Eleven year old Shibu is carefree and compassionate. To guide his wandering energy on a constructive path, his widowed mother sends him to the city with his uncle. Shibu’s energetic response to city life and his free spiritedness annoys his neighbours and aunt. This forces his uncle to be strict with him and take him to his shoe shop to keep an eye on him. Once while carrying a pair or shoes to a doctor, Shibu encounters an unpredictable situation. His reaction to the same surprises the adults while demonstrating a clear chasm between indifferent adults and caring children in this Best Children’s Film winner at the 50th National Awards in 2003.
Director’s Biography: A K Bir
Apurba Kishore Bir, studied cinematography in FTII and began his career making ads, documentaries and short film. He was a key member of Richard Attenborough’s camera team for the multiple Oscar winning ‘Gandhi’. Mr. Bir has made many films for CFSI including ‘Lavanya Preeti’ that won the Best Asian Film at the Osaka International Film Festival and ‘Baaja’ that won the National Award for Best Children’s film in 2003. He is a sensitive filmmaker who has often depicted children trapped in a world of adults obsessed with materialism and lack of harmony. Mr. Bir has won multiple national awards both for cinematography and direction.
Best Children’s Film – 50th National Film Award – India – 2003
Selected In Feature Film Cataory – Indian Panaroma – India – 202
Bandu is a kid with lot of grit and determination evident from the way he practices to become a boxer. On a trip to a tribal area he becomes friends with Dhondu and is amazed by how tribal kids study in an open school under a tree in contrast to his well funded city school. Moved by this, he becomes determined to raise money to build the school for tribal kids. He takes his father into confidence and tries to bolster support for his cause. But doing this will be a test of Bandu’s perseverance as he encounters resistance which only fuels him further. Pleading for compassion towards the plight of those unlike us, this entertaining film is motivating for children and adults alike
Director’s Biography: Rajeev Mohan
Rajeev Mohan is an ad, documentary and feature film maker. He has made films on issues such as social welfare, culture and sanitation among other. His documentary film ‘Taveez’ won the National Award for the best documentary on family planning in the year 1994
After the Gujarat earthquake of 2001, 6 eminent Indian filmmakers got together to contribute individual segments to ‘Chirayu’. This film thus becomes a boquet of six individual stories designed to reach out to the children of Gujarat traumatized by the earthquake and put a smile back on their faces. The directors who have contributed segments are Virendra Saini, A K Bir, Shyam Benegal, Santosh Sivan, Aziz Mirza and Sai Paranjpye. An embellishment to their efforts is provided by the renowned animator Ram Mohan.
Director’s Biography: Shyam Benegal, Santosh Sivan, Sai Paranjpye, Virendra Saini, Aziz Mirza, A K Bir
Shyam Benegal, one of India’s most renowned filmmakers, is a pioneer of the New Indian Cinema movement of the 70s. Santosh Sivan is the country’s most renowned and globally awarded cinematographer who has also directed many films. A multitalented persona, Sai Paranjpye has many books, films, documentaries and plays to her name. Virendra Saini is an award winning cinematographer and director who has worked with some of the most creative filmmakers of the country. Aziz Mirza is a well known commercial filmmaker of India who has made popular films like ‘Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman’, ‘Yes Boss’ and ‘Chalte Chalte’. A K Bir is a award winning cinematographer and children’s film director.
Nanu is unruffled by rumours of a ghost in the forest near his village. He leads his classmates on an expedition to see the ghost. When strange noises emanate from the forest the other kids run away. Nanu tries to climb a tree to wait for the ghost, but falls down. When he awakens, he finds a strange looking man standing above him. The man is Bhago, a social recluse who takes a promise from Nanu not to reveal his identity. The two become friends and Nanu brings him food and reads him stories from his school books while Bhago teaches him about the plants, birds and animals in the forest. Once Bhago saves three people in the forest, but Nanu is credited for the same. When the villagers decide to felicitate him, he is in a dilemma whether to accept it or to reveal the truth by breaking his promise to his best friend?
Director’s Biography: Sai Paranjpye
Writer, director and playwright Sai Paranjpye is one of India’s most creative minds. Beginning as an announcer in radio, she has made serials, documentaries, written and directed films, written and directed theatre in Hindi, Marathi and English and also written many books. Her first feature film ‘Sparsh’ in 1980 won three Filmfare and one National Award. Her comedies ‘Chashme Badoor’ (1981) and ‘Katha’ (1982) are today considered classics of Indian comedy. In the 1970s she twice served as the Chairperson of CFSI and over the decades, has made four films for them including the award winning ‘Jadoo Ka Shankh’ and ‘Sikandar’
Joze is a young Goan boy growing up during the freedom movement of the state in the 60s. Though young and thus expected to remain ignorant of the political winds brewing all over, he becomes acutely aware of the grave injustice everywhere and the sacrifice made by those around him. This instills in him a sense of responsibility that becomes instrumental in saving many lives during a crucial military operation. The film won the child actor the award for the Best Child Artist at the 52nd National Film Awards in 2005.
Director’s Biography: Jayshree Kanal & A S Kanal
Jayashree debuted as a director with the film ‘Kaat Kaat Kad Kaddu’ for CFSI and followed it up by co-directing ‘Chota Sipahi’. Besides writing and directing TV programs, she also teaches direction and acting at FTII.
A graduate of FTII, A S Kanal has worked as a cinematographer for many ads, films, documentaries and TV programmes. He has also worked as a teacher of cinematography at FTII. Currently he is working as an independent producer and trainer
Best Child Artist – 52nd National Film Award – India – 2005
Best Theatrical Feature Film ( Foreign Category) – 38th Annual Worldfest – Houston International Film Festival – USA – 2004
Keshu lost his ability to talk and hear along with his mother when he was born. He was raised by his maternal uncle. Being quite mischievous, there was never ending complaints from the villagers. His uncle had no choice but to punish him, but to no avail. The only person who Keshu could reach out to was his distant relative and the maid of the house, Devu. This was the time when Shalini, a teacher transferred to that village started living with the family. Keshu did not spare her too from his mischief, but she did not complain to anyone, and instead started liking him. He reciprocated the affection shown to him and there was a gradual change in his behaviour. She encouraged him to take up drawing and even convinced his uncle to put him in a special school.When he wins an international award for his painting, ‘The elephant and the Mahout’, he becomes the darling of the whole village. The end of the happy chapter came in the form of a letter to Shalini having her marriage arranged. Her return was a torment to him, his family as well as Shalini. Whenever the train in which Shalini left, passed by, he made it a habit to wait at the railway station. The sound of the train tearing away the darkness tore his heart as well. He realises the folly of hoping for a return of someone lets his uncle take him back to the world of colours and lines.
Director’s Biography: Sivan
Sivan began his illustrious career as a photo – journalist, contributing to magazines such as Newsweek, Life and Span. He learnt the rudiments of film making as a staffer with the USIS. He is credited with making the first 16 mm film in India, “Labour Week, in 1953.
From 1972 onwards, Sivan has made a series of films that have won him awards and recognition. Sivan founded the film complex “Sivan Studios” in Kerala, which has extended to an art gallery for emerging artistes and photographers. “Swapnam” made in 1972 was his first feature film, which won 4 state awards and his second feature “Yogum” was as successful. His earlier children’s film “Abhayam” had won Silver Elephant Award at the International Children’s Film Festival, Trivandrm in 1991.
International Film Festival of India, 2009 Official Selection, Indian Panorama
Kerala State Award, 2009 Best Children’s Film
CMS International Children’s Film Festival, India 2010 Special Mention to the Child Artist
12 year old Roshni is left an orphan after a cyclone. She takes shelter in a refugee home. Coming to know of her plight her childless uncle and aunt take her with them. They live in a village in the interiors of Rajasthan which practices female infanticide. Not a single girl child has been allowed to survive in the past 80 years. Roshni’s optimism and vivacity surprise the villagers, exposing their fallacy of considering the male child superior than a girl. But can a lone girl change prejudice and faulty tradition of centuries? In a nation where female infanticide is still practiced, Laadli exposes one of male-dominated society’s most inhuman practices in an endearing manner.
Director’s Biography: Mazahir Rahim
Mazahir Rahim is and FTII direction alumnus. He trained in the Czech Republic for multi-screen film projects. Rahim started his career as Chief Assistant to H S Rawail in the hit ‘Laila Majnu’. He wrote and directed over 40 documentaries for the Films Division and won two National Awards for ‘New Images’ and ‘Mughal Garden’. He was also part of the directorial team for Sanjay Khan’s epic TV series ‘The Sword of Tipu Sultan’ and ‘Parivaar’, a 30 episode series for Doordarshan.
Bipin loves books and is fond of real-life adventures. Viju is his inseparable companion. Atul, a cunning man of histrionic talent, throws Bipin a challenge to go round Mumbai in search of 10 volumes of an encyclopedia in 12 hours beginning at the Gateway of India. Bipin, with the expectation of adventure, takes up the challenge. The expedition turns out to be an obstacle race with Atul chasing and obstructing Bipin’s pursuit under various disguises. Will Bipin and Viju manage to get rid of the problems on the way and win the bet? ‘Lagi Sharth’ is a hilarious, adventurous ride through the crazy streets of Mumbai?
Director’s Biography: Raghuvir Kulkarni
Playwright, poet, cartoonist and director Raghuvir Kulkarni studied art in the J J Institute of Applied Arts. As a playwright he has won awards for his plays “Kolishtak”, “Choohe” & “Devaski”. He has directed many films, among them ‘Mohare’ starring Nana Patekar and Mahuri Dixit and ‘Lagi Sharth’ for CFSI.
Chutkan lives with the family of his uncle who make him do all their work. His only escape is his imagination. Things go horribly wrong when Chutkan begins altering reality through his dreams. He changes the Mahabharata and the warring Kauravas and Pandavas now become friends. The drama folks bound by the spell of his dreams, are unable to recite their original lines. Chutkan then changes his bullying cousin into a donkey and few aggressive villagers into geese. When an exorcist is called to cure him, he dreams up the Pandavas to rescue him. They declare that the only Mahabharat that will be performed henceforth would be Chutkan’s Mahabharat in this Best Children’s Film National Award winning film that will delight everyone.
Director’s Biography: Sankalp Meshram
Sankalp Meshram did an FTII diploma in Editing. He won the National Award for ‘Best Editing’ in the non-feature-film category in 2001 for the film ‘Lokapriya’. He is also a TV director who has directed over 60 episodes of TV shows and a crime thriller. ‘Chutkan Ki Mahabharat’ is his debut film as writer and director and won him the National Award for the Best Children’s film in 2005. He is currently the head of the Editing Department at Digital Academy – The Film School in Mumbai
Best Children Film – 52nd National Film Award – India – 2005
Poverty forces little Lilkee, originally from Nainital, to become a domestic help for architect Bela in Mumbai. She has difficulty in adjusting to city life. To add insult to injury she is humiliated by a gang of four girls from a rich family. Later, when the girls come to know of her plight, they not only befriend Lilkee but try to raise money to help her go back to Nainital. But full of self respect, Lilkee politely refuses. One day, the girls ask her to accompany them to the sea during school hours. Lilkee informs her employer but the other girls don’t tell their parents. When the children don’t return for a long time, the parents get worried. After being found, they scold their girls but Lilkee’s sense of responsibility wins over Bela who admits her to a school.
Director’s Biography: Batul Mukhtiar
Batul Mukhtiar graduated in direction from FTII. She directed two short fiction films as diploma projects for the Film Institute and has worked as a researcher, producer coordinator and associate producer with international documentary crews shooting in Mumbai. In 2002, she made ‘150 Seconds Ago’, a documentary on the survivors of the earthquake that devastated the city of Bhuj (Kutch) in 2001.