Young Meena is holidaying at a hill resort. She befriends the housekeeper’s son Badal and teaches him to read, write and paint. Meena promises to show Badal the city but forgets her promise when she goes back. Badal becomes depressed at not hearing from Meena. He puts his paintings in a box with Meena’s address and sets it afloat in the river. When the box somehow reaches Meena in the city, she submits it at a painting competition and wins the first prize. Will Meena now tell the truth and will Badal ever see Meena again? Written by famous Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai and directed by her filmmaker husband Shahid Latif, Jawab Aayega is rated as a children’s classic.
Director’s Biography: Ismat Chughtai & Shahid Latif
A well-known husband and wife team, Shahid Latif directed films that his wife Ismat Chugtai scripted. Both were highly respected in their own right in stage and literary circles and together they collaborated on many films during the 50s and 60s. Shahid Latif directed first film to star Dilip Kumar and Kamini Kaushal, ‘Buzdil’ Ismat Chugtai is a globally renowned fiction writer.
In the remote countryside of Assam and surrounded by hills, two families live a little outside the village in harmony with each other. 7 year old Tora, who studies in the village school and loves nature, belongs to one of the families and lives with her parents. Their neighbours also have three members. The peace of the two families is shattered when a conflict erupts over a piece of land and blows out of proportion. Where every attempt at resolution has failed, would Tora’s innocence be able to put an end to the dispute? Directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jahnu Barua, the film has won the National Award for Best Children’s film.
Director’s Biography: Jahnu Barua
A direction alumnus from FTII, Jahnu Barua is one of India’s most globally acclaimed filmmakers. Most of his films have won awards and have been screened at international film festivals, including ‘Halodhia Charaye Baodhan Khai’, ‘Firingoti’, ‘Pokhi’ and ‘Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara’. ‘Hkhagoroloi Bohudoor’ won him the National Award for Best director in 1995 and 15 international awards.
Best Children’s Film – 51st National Film Awards – India – 2004
Young Paari and Tolen are close friends. The two live near a national park and roam around the park observing wild birds and the Sangai – an endangered deer specie. They help a research scholar study the Sangai. When Tolen’s father is transferred, Paari feels lonely and loses interest in watching birds and animals. One day however, after helping a wounded bird, he feels happy. This rekindles his love for nature. Once trying to protect a Sangai from a hunter’s trap, he gets trapped himself and loses consciousness. Directed by globally awarded Manipuri director, Aribam Syam Sharma, Paari tries to instill the love of nature in young kids.
Director’s Biography: Aribam Syam Sharma
One of India’s most globally acclaimed filmmaker, director and composer Aribam Syam Sharma hails from the north-eastern, hilly state of Manipur. Recipient of the V. Shantaram Award for Best Direction (1997), he has won several international and 10 National Awards, for both feature and non-feature films His film ‘Imagee Ningthem’ won the Grand Prix at the Festival des Troi Continents at Nantes, France in 1982. Another film, Ishanou (1991) was selected for the section Un Certain Regard in the 44th Cannes film festival.
This story by Ramkrishna Paramahans illustrates the power of faith and shows how it can lead a man to glimpse the supreme divine power.
Director’s Biography: Phani Mazumdar
Phani Mazumdar’s six decades long career in cimema began in 1931 with Barua Studios, Calcutta. He wrote the scripts of ‘Abhigyan’ and ‘Abhagin’, assisting Prafulla Roy in directing them. He then directed the celebrated ‘Street Singer’ and ‘Sathi’, while also scripting and directing ‘Kapal Kundala’ and ‘Doctor’. He went to Singapore to work for the Shaw Brothers and in two years wrote and directed eleven feature film in Malay, Chinese and English. Returning to India in 1959 he directed the highly successful films ‘Aarti’ and ‘Oonche Log’. He has made a number of documentaries, children’s film and TV serials as well.
A story from the Panchatantra illustrates how alertness can prevent danger.
Director’s Biography: Rajendra Sharma
Rajendra Sharma graduated in law and went to Calcutta to work in films. Working first as assistant director, he later secured a job as production controller in Ranjit Studios. He went on to make many films. He then joined CFSI and on their behalf wrote, produced and directed several films.
India is a vast and diverse country where people of many religions, sects, cultures and identity live. The country can thrive only when there is unity in this diversity. Using examples of the past where our mutual animosities made it possible for outsiders to invade and dominate the country, Ekta emphasises the importance of national unity in the eyes of children.
Director’s Biography: Kedar Sharma
Director, producer, writer and lyricist Kedar Sharma was an early doyen of Hindi cinema. He slogged in Calcutta as a still cinema photographer, set painter and bit-part actor before writing the dialogues and lyrics for the Hindi adaptation of ‘Devdas’. He then directed the smash hits ‘Chitralekha’, ‘Neel Kamal’, ‘Bawre Nain’ and ‘Jogan’ and is credited for starting the careers of some of Hindi cinema’s great actors like Geeta Bali, Madhubala and Raj Kapoor. At the request of Jawaharlal Nehru, he joined CFSI and made many feature, short and documentary films.
Hamid is a poor boy who lives with his old grandmother. He longs for things his rich friends easily afford. On the festive day of Eid Hamid is given little pocket money by his grandmother. He goes to the village fair and looks at things to buy. However he remembers how his grandmothers hand burn while cooking. He finally ends up buying a pair of tongs for her. Based on the famous short story Idgah by Munshi Premchand and directed by the legendary K A Abbas, Eid Mubarak is a touching short film that reminds kids of the values of love and sacrifice – the very essence of the festival of Eid.
Director’s Biography: K A Abbas
Director, novelist, screenwriter, journalist and columnist Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was one of the most influential but underrated man of Indian cinema. An unparalleled screenwriter, he wrote ‘Neecha Nagar’ which in 1946 won the highest prize at the first ever Cannes Film Festival. He also wrote Raj Kapoor’s biggest hits – ‘Awaara’, ‘Shri 420’, ‘Mera Naam Joker’ and ‘Bobby’. A director par excellence, he made hits such as ‘Dharti Ke Lal’, ‘Pardesi’ and ‘Saat Hindustani’ and launched the careers of many popular actors, including Amitabh Bachchan. He died in 1987.
Prince Devdatta shoots a swan and injures it. When he comes to collect the swan, he find his cousin Siddharth nursing the bird. The two prince lay claim on the bird. To settle their dispute, they go to the king. The king asks them to keep the bird in the centre. The wounded swan hobbles towards Siddhartha, its protector. The king declares that the swan belongs to Siddharth, who nurses the bird and releases it back.
Director’s Biography: Kewaldas Bansod
Kewaldas Bansod has a degree in Fine Art from Bombay. He remained associated with the Animation Department of Films Division for Twenty-three years. While helping others make their films, he also directed and animated his own films. These include ‘Weave Me Some Flowers’, ‘Karuna Ki Vijay’ (National Award Winner) and ‘Chious’ (Award-winner at 14th International Film Festival, 1969, West Germany).
The great Rajput king of Mewar kingdom, Maharana Pratap had a horse named Chetak. Chetak was loyal and as brave as his master. His exploits in the battlefield made him legendary. This short animation film chronicles his life with an aim to inspire the same bravery and loyalty in children
Director’s Biography: V G Samant
After acquiring a diploma in drawing and painting in 1957, V G Samant joined the Cartoon Film Unit of the Films Division in 1959 and graduated to become its first Chief Animator. Several of his films including ‘Law of Nature’, ‘Precious Water’ and ‘Race with Death’ have won national and international awards with the ‘Tree of Life’ being his most celebrated film. An ardent educationalist, he loves conducting animation workshops for children and specialist with equal zeal
Mahatma Gandhi is considered the father of the nation. His principles of justice, truth and non-violence left a lasting impression on the world. This film aims to inspire kids to these principles by depicting the life of Gandhi through photographs and exquisite dolls.
Director’s Biography: Clement Baptista
A student and later lecturer at the J.J. School of Arts, Clement Baptista was a painter, art-director and filmmaker. He associated with Vishnu Vijaykar to work at the Army Film Centre of the Central Cinematrographic Services that produced training and inspiring films for the armed forces. The two formed a production company called Hunnar Films and made a host of travelogue and inspiring films. Two of Baptista’s films have won National Awards: ‘The Telco Story’ in 1962 and ‘Inquiry’ in 1968 for Best Animation Film.