Happy Mother’s Day Happy Mother’s Day

Director: Anjuli Shukla

Synopsis:

Vicky and Kaku the brother sister duo are two of a five-member family living a simple life in a small hilly town of Pragpur. Pradeep, their father, runs a small shop and aims to get a licence to become a tourist guide to improve their income and Karuna, their mother contributes financially by taking tutions. The senior most member of the family is Dadu, Pradeep’s father, who retired as a school teacher, and serves in the community center giving homeopathy treatment to people for free. The parents educate their children in the only English medium school available in the region and several kids from neighbouring villages come there too. It is a loving, homely environment, with its own share of discipline, caring and fun and innocence.

One day Vicky’s classmate Sachin exposes them to a whiff of changing culture seeping from the city and introduces them to Happy Mother’s Day….an event that is the only way to express their true love for their mother.

The duo with their guileless smile and an unwritten promise in their eyes set on a journey to Mother’s Day.…Will they survive… will their innocence survive?

Director Biography:

Anjuli Shukla made history as the first woman cinematographer to get India’s prestigious National Film Award – ‘Silver Lotus’ for “Best Cinematography.” She won this for her debut film `Kutty Srank’ (2010) The movie additionally won four National awards and was also a part of several film festivals such as the Dubai International Film Festival 2009, International Film Festival of India, Goa 2009, Montreal World Film Festival 2009, Busan International Festival 2009, South Asian International Film Festival 2009, Rotterdam International Film festival, MAMI Mumbai 2009.
Anjuli graduated in 2004 from the Film and Television Institute of India with a specialization in Motion Picture Photography where her student film Premortem competed for a Golden Tadpole at the Cameraimage Film Festival in Poland in 2004.

Anjuli lives in Mumbai and is now recognized as one of the promising cinematographers and emerging director in India. Anjuli recently launched her production house ‘Sanjeevani Films,’ with its first feature film “Neeldhara.”

She went on to direct `Happy Mother’s Day’ in collaboration with CFSI the Film was the inaugural film 19th edition of India International Children’s Film Festival in Hyderabad.

Script/Screenplay Rashmi Sodhi

Camera Anjuli Shukla

Editor Sreekar Prasad

Cast Farzan Sheikh Nasir, Prapti Kedar Jani, Gargi Kaintolla, Ramji Bali, Gufi Paintal

Selected In Festivals

  • International Children’s Film Festival, India – 2015
  • Toronto International Film Festival – TIFF KIDS – 2016
  • 56th ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL – International Film Festival for Children and Youth – 2016

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