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Indian film 'Halkaa' bags award at Montreal fest

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Indian filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda's "Halkaa", which had its world premiere at du Film Pour Enfants de Film (FIFEM), has bagged the de at the gala.

"Halkaa" was selected among seven international children's films from different countries in the official competition of the festival.

"It's a great honour that 'Halkaa' won the top award at its world premiere screening. The film has already been invited to six international film festivals," Panda said in a statement.

The film is a take on a slum child's heroism, aspirations, and dreams. The child protagonist, Pichku (Tathastu) fights to overcome the basic problems that he faces every day like defecating in the open, among others. It is his dream to make a toilet of his own where he can enjoy his privacy and do the deed in peace.

"is one of the largest youth populated countries, but we hardly produce children's cinema which is an irony," said Panda.

He said "Halkaa" can be called a sequel to his National Award-winning film "I am Kalam".

"I am sure the audience will love this one as well. This is a family entertainer with amazing music from Shankar Ehsaan Loy," Panda said.

The movie features and in key roles.

said "Halkaa" touched the jury.

"The jury was unanimously touched and enchanted with 'Halkaa' and gave the top award to the film for the audacity of its subject matter, the opportunity for children to discover the daily lives of children in such a different society and for the 'joie de vivre' that overcomes adversity no matter what."



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 15:36 IST