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Nila Madhab Panda's 'Halkaa' bags best film Grand Prix in Poland

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Madhab Panda's next venture, "Halkaa", has won the for the best film at the Kinolub Festival for and Youth,

The jury of the festival lauded the film for taking up a story which shows the heroism, aspirations and dreams of a slum child.

The child protagonist, Pichku fights for the basic problem that he faces everyday; defecating in the open amongst others. It is his dream to make a toilet of his own where he can enjoy his privacy and do the deed in peace.

"We awarded the to the film 'Halkaa' for courage in undertaking a difficult subject and presenting it in an original and light way, accessible to the young viewer. The added value for the Polish audience is the opportunity to learn about the realities of living in a culturally remote country," the jury said in a statement.

The film features as Pichku, and and Paoli Dam essay the role of his parents.

Panda, who has won National Award for his film "I Am Kalam" and received acclaim for "Kadvi Hawa", said it is a proud moment for the team.

"We are planning to release the film in on August 31 and are hoping to get the same kind of love from Indian audience.

"'Halkaa' has become the toast of the international film festivals. We are proud to see the film travelling to many film festivals around the world," he said.

This is the film's second win after bagging the Grand Prix De at the 21st International Children's Film Festival.

"Halkaa" is presented by and produced by Roshni Nadar Malhotra in association with Akshay Parija and Panda.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 17:10 IST