Baaja (Mouth Organ)
Director: A K Bir
Hindi/2002/Colour/80mins (Also available in: Kannada, Oriya - English Subtitle)
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