Monday, February 9, 2015

India at the 65th Berlinale

Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanakin competition in the Generation Kplus section

Dhanak World Premiere
Director, Screenplay Nagesh Kukunoor
2014, 103 mins, DCP, Hindi language

Producers Manish Mundhra, Nagesh Kukunoor, Elahe Hiptoola DOP Chirantan Das Editor Sanjib Datta Sound Vipin Bhati Music Tapas Relia Cast 8-year-old Krrish Chhabria, 9-year old Hetal Gada, Suresh Menon, Ninad Kamath, Gulfam Khan, Vipin Sharma

Dhanak is about the closeness of two orphaned siblings, the caring 10-year old girl Pari and her blind, impish 8-year old brother, Chotu. Having lost their parents in an accident when they were small, they now are wards of their uncle and aunt. They live in a picturesque village nestled among the sand dunes in Rajasthan.

Pari is Chotu’s eyes, guide and best friend. Out of sheer, dogged conviction Pari reassures Chotu that he will be able to see by the time he is 9-years old and Chotu, in turn, implicity believes her. When Pari goes to a movie house and sees Shah Rukh Khan appealing to people to donate their eyes, she feels has her answer. She writes to the mega star pleading Chotu’s case. The lack of a reply does not deter her. She writes to him every day. Hearing that the star is shooting nearby, she seizes the opportunity. She and her brother stealthily slip out on an adventure seeking their benefactor. The main part of the film is their magical journey that only the innocence of childhood can experience.

"One makes all of one's films with equal passion. But when one of them gets a special validation of this kind, it feels like balm on the soul. There are eight films in the Generation Kplus section. And we're one of them," said the ecstatic award winning filmmaker" 

 Nagesh Kukunoor, an engineer by profession, gave up his     career and used his personal savings to write, produce, act and direct his debut film, Hyderabad Blues (1998), which became the largest grossing low-budget Indian film in English. Kukunoor has since then not looked back. Each of his films has proved his original bent of mind, his versatile and within the Bollywood system, themes that deal with contemporary life in the various segments of Indian society. Dhanak is his 13th feature film – in Indian belief a lucky number. His notable films include Lakshmi (2013), Dor (2006), Iqbal (2005), 3Deewarein (2003) and Bollywood Calling (2001)

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