By Arun Fulara. Posted on February 14, 2015
Good news continues to flow in for Indian films at major international film festivals. While last year saw films like 'Killa' (Crystal Bear at Berlin) and 'Court' (Lion of the Future Award & best film in the Orizzonti category) make waves, this year got off to a great start with Prashant Nair's 'Umrika' winning the Audience award at the Sundance Film Festival last month.
Now Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak has won the the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature-length film. The film also received a Special Mention in the Generation KPlus category judged by the children's jury. It however missed out on the Crystal Bear that went to the Swedish film 'Min Lilla Syster' (My Skinny Sister) by Sanna Lenken. You can watch a small excerpt of the film on the Berlinale site.
The jury was composed of Bettina Blümner, Tom Hern, Michal Matus and had the following to say about the film;
This dynamically-directed film delivers joy and heartbreak in equal measure - the young brother and sister at its heart and the unbreakable love between them are irresistible. As we journey across the country with these two young people, we become deeply invested in their quirky “against all odds” quest. We were constantly surprised by the twists and turns in their journey, and the unusual, eccentric characters that awaits them at each and every juncture! Filled with color, magic, music, spontaneity and a plenty of emotion, this film lives up to its name and delivers a celebration of life to savor long after the end credits roll!
Nagesh Kukunoor has made a comeback of sorts with two films in two years. His last film 'Lakshmi'also did well at the festivals and screened at multiple international festivals including at the Washington DC, New York Indian and Melbourne Indian Film Festivals.
The film's producer Manish Mundra continues his brilliant run at festivals following the critically acclaimed award winning Ankhon Dekhi & Umrika.
'Dhanak' tells the story of ten-year-old Pari and her blind younger brother Chotu's 300 km journey to meet Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan.