Children’s film fest gets rave response

Kids queue along with their parents outside the gate of Antarang hall of Bharat Bhawan on the second day of five-day ‘Bal Film Samaroh’ on Tuesday.

BHOPAL: A long queue of children along with their parents was seen outside the gate of Antrang hall of Bharat Bhawan on the second day of five-day ‘Bal Film Samaroh’ on Tuesday.They had come to watch the movie ‘Gattu’, directed by Rajan Khosha.  They started to come half an hour before from the schedule time and some of them rushed even after the schedule time.

Talking to Free Press, 9-yr-old Ojas Agnihotri who was stand first in queue with his father says, “I’m the student of class 3rd in Sharda Vihar School.  Yes, first time I came to watch movie in Bharat Bhawan. Yesterday I also came to watch ‘Chillar party’ with my father and enjoyed a lot. Neither had I watched ‘Chillar party’ nor ‘Gattu’ earlier, so, I came to watch here. I watched the trailer of movie ‘Chillar party’ on TV which attracted me a lot , that’s why came. I’ll watch all the movie of this fest.”

Manav Agnihotri, father of Ojas who works in MP electricity board said, “It’s a good to know that a film festival is organised by Bharat Bhawan based on children by newspaper. And children can pass their summer vacation time to watch good movies in free of cost.”

  Similarly, 9-year-old and Class 4 student of Carmel convent, Aaysha says “I came to know about this fest by newspaper. I came to watch this movie with my mother. First time I came to watch movie here earlier I used to play only. I have watched this movie on TV also but I think it cane be something different from TV. My favourite movie is ‘Chillar party’ but I missed this yesterday.”

The film is saga of 9-yr-old orphan, Gattu who lives in a small town of Roorkee, Uttarakhand and works in his uncle’s garbage-recycling business. The blue skies above the town is dominated by a kite named ‘Kali’ with mysterious origins. Out of the many kids who dream to defeat Kali, Gattu is more determined. He does fail on number of occasions but one fine day, his will find a way.

He discovers a local school having a roof that renders him some strategic advantage. Impersonating as a student, he sneaks into the school and must now pretend to study. The only problem – he can’t read or write! The little street urchin takes up the challenge as when the desire is strong, dreams aren’t impossible.

Gattu is a 2012 Hindi Movie, produced by National Children’s Film Society. It gained high recognition in the Film Festival circuit and opened at the 17th International Children’s Film Festival at Hyderabad. It was held in high regards by critics and film reviewers all over the world.  It had been honoured with a special mention under Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk category at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festivals. It is one of the few films of Bollywood to win such acclaim.

The fest is being organised by Chhavi Prabhag of Bharat Bhawan. A film ‘I’m Kalam’, directed by Neelam Madhav Panda  will be screened  today.

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