Bhago Bhoot (Bhago – The Ghost)
Director: Sai Paranjpye
Hindi/2002/Colour/82mins (Also available in: Malayalam, Telugu, Oriya)
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’