Choo Lenge Akash (We Will Touch The Sky)
Director: Virendra Saini
Hindi/2000/Colour/90mins (Also available in: Tamil, Telugu)
Sonu, a hardworking student, is a leader among her circle of friends despite her handicap caused by a polio attack. She meets a wise, old nomadic shepherd who instills in her mind the idea that every mountain is meant to be crossed. Hence, despite her handicap, she harbours a secret longing to climb a mountain. Once when the villagers accuse Gagan, the village prankster who is always at odds with Sonu, she proves his innocence. Moved by this act, Gagan asks what he can do to repay her. Sonu tells him of her secret desire and Gagan promises to help. But does Sonu have it in her to cross the mountain of her own disability?
Director’s Biography: Virendra Saini
Director & cinematographer, Virendra Saini, graduated from FTII with a diploma in cinematography in 1976. He has been intimately and consistently connected with the New Cinema Movement in India, working for both feature films and full-length documentaries with several major directors including Mani Kaul, Saeed Mirza, Sai Paranjpye, Kundan Shah, Vinod Chopra and Bhimsain. In 1990 he won the National award for Best Cinematography for the film, ‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’.
In 1999 he directed his first feature film, ‘Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail’ production by CFSI which won the National Award, for the Best Children’s Film.