Malli

Director: Santosh Sivan
Tamil/1998/Colour/90mins (Also available in: Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam)

Synopsis:

Malli, a poor tribal girl in Kerela, loves yarns spun by the village storyteller Monu. Being a child, she believes her tale about the magical blue bead which grants wishes. Malli wants it to cure her dumb friend. Once while helping an injured fawn in the forest, she finds the bead. Malli rushes to give it to her friend, who is going away. Would she reach on time? Inspired by a true incident and starring the real dumb girl, this multiple award winning film both in India and abroad by celebrated director Santosh Sivan is beautifully and evocatively shot in Kerala and means to inspire in kids the love for a simple life and nature.

 

Director’s Biography: Santosh Sivan
An FTII alumnus in cinematography, Santosh Sivan is one of India’s most prolific cinematographers having shot some of the most beautifully shot features and documentaries in the country including ‘Raakh’, ‘Roja’, ‘Dalapathi’, ‘Rudaali’ and ‘Kala Pani’ among many others. Both his films for CFSI, the debut ‘Halo’ and his second film ‘Malli’ won National Awards, besides international recognition. His next ‘The Terrorist’ brought him international recognition. Santosh has since directed and shot many feature films and documentaries in Hindi, Tamil Kannada and Malayalam languages and has won numerous national and international awards.

 

Awards

Best Film on Environment Conservation/ preservation – 46th National Film Festival – India – 1998
Best Child Artist – 46th National Film Festival – India – 1998
2nd Prize in Feature & Video Section – 16th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival – USA – 1999
Silver Elephant For Best Live Action – 11th International children’s film Festival – India – 1999
Bronze Elephant For Best Child Artist – 11th International children’s film Festival – India – 1999
Poznan Goats for Best Director – 18th International Festival of Films for Children, Ponzan – POLAND – 2000
Poznan Goats for Best Child Artist – 18th International Festival of Films for Children, Ponzan – POLAND – 2000
Poznan Goats for Best Music – 18th International Festival of Films for Children, Ponzan – POLAND – 2000
Awards for the special mentions for marcinek distinction – 18th International Festival of Films for Children, Ponzan – POLAND – 2000
Best Feature film – XI International Film Festival for children & Youth – Uruguay – 2000
OCIC Awards – XI International Film Festival for children & Youth – Uruguay – 2000
Awardded at India Film Festival at Los Angel – USA – 2004

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