Darpok Ki Dosti (Coward’s Friendship)
Director: Prakash Jha
Hindi/1982/Colour/11mins (Also available in: Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marath, Gujarati, Bengali)
A cunning fox convinces a tiger to frighten a farmer and capture his two bullocks for their meal. The two tie their tails together as a mark of trust. The farmer, who overhears this plan, tells his wife. The cunning wife goes in disguise and tells the fox that she is looking for a tiger to cook in her next meal. The foolish and cowardly tiger gets scared and runs for his life, dragging the fox with him. Based on a popular folk tale, the message of the film is clear – never befriend a coward.
Director’s Biography: Prakash Jha
Prakash Jha studied film editing at FTII and began as a documentary filmmaker with many award winning films to his name including ‘Pas de Deux’, ‘May I Think, Sir’ and the National Award winner ‘Faces After The Storm’. He began his fiction film career with the cult hit ‘Hip Hip Hurray’ and followed it up with ‘Damul’ that won a National Award for Best Film. Over the years he has made over 25 documentaries, two TV films, three TV series and 9 films that include ‘Mrityudand’, ‘Gangaajal’, ‘Apaharan’ and ‘Raajneeti’.