Monday, June 22, 2015

After winning two awards at the Berlinale, Nagesh Kukunoor’s, Dhanak bags the top award at Sneakers Children's Festival, Poland

Mumbai, June 22, 2015: After bagging two awards at the Berlinale, Dhanak (Rainbow) co-produced by Manish Mundra (Drishyam Films) and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor has won the best film award in the main category, ‘Children's Feature Film Competition’ at the Cinema in Sneakers Children's Festival, Poland. The prize ceremony took place last evening.

Nagesh who couldn’t attend the festival shared a recorded message thanking the festival authorities and the audience.

 The film was screened at International Film Festival Los Angeles (IFFLA) and at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Kids.

Dhanak which stars Hetal Gada and Krrish Chhabria in the lead roles is about an eight-year-old blind boy whose 10-year-old sister promises him that he will get his vision back before he turns 9. The film follows the duo on a magical journey through the sand dunes of Rajasthan. The film also stars theatre actors, Vipin Sharma and Vibha Chhiber in the prominent roles.

The award winning film co-produced by Manish Mundra (Drishyam Films), Nagesh Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola had its world premiere at the prestigious film festival, Berlinale where it bagged The Grand Prix for the best feature-length film and the Special Mention for the best feature film by The Children's Jury for Generation Kplus.

Like Iqbal, Dhanak also explores the beautiful relationship of a brother and sister and the central character suffers from a disability, but in a dramatically diverse setting. This is also Nagesh’s second film with children after the much acclaimed Rockford.

About Drishyam Films 

A company born out of love for cinema, we look forward to build a platform for unique voices of Indian independent cinema and create global content with rich Indian flavours. Our journey started with the film Ankhon Dekhi directed by Rajat Kapoor. The film garnered critical acclaim and went on to win several awards. The success of Ankhon Dekhi was followed by Umrika directed by Prashant Nair which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2015 and won the Audience Choice Award in the World Dramatic Competition section. Soon after, Dhanak directed by Nagesh Kukunoor not only premiered in the Generation Kplus at Berlinale 2015, but also won the Grand Jury prize, as well as, a Special Mention from the Children’s Jury.
Our most recent production Masaan directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2015 and brought home laurels by winning the Un Certain Regard Promising Future Prize and FIPRESCI Award. 
Focused on development initiatives, Drishyam Films has partnered with the Sundance Institute, USA to organise a Screenwriters’ lab for Indian writers. The first edition of the Drishyam Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab was successfully conducted in April 2015.

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