Halkaa’ Bags Award at Montreal Fest (Download PDF)


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Indian filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda’s “Halkaa”, got the Grand Prix de Montreal award. The film premiered at the 21st Festival International du Film Pour Enfants de Montreal Film (FIFEM).

Image of Halkaa' Bags Award At Montreal Fest

Image of Halkaa’ Bags Award At Montreal Fest

Image of Halkaa’ Bags Award At Montreal Fest

  • “Halkaa” was selected among seven international children’s films from different countries in the official competition of the festival. The jury was unanimously touched and enchanted with ‘Halkaa’ and gave the top award to the film for the audacity.

What is the Film About?

  • 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.

  • “Halkaa” can be called a sequel to his National Award-winning film “I am Kalam”.

Key Facts About Halkaa

  • The film has been invited to six international film festivals.
  • The movie features Ranvir Shorey and Paoli Dam in key roles. The film’s music is given by Shankar Ehsaan Loy.

I Am Kalam

  • “I Am Kalam” is a 2011 Indian Hindi drama film, based on the story of a poor boy who derives inspiration from the former President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
  • He then decides to change his name to Kalam and harbours a dream of meeting the visionary.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 10, 2018


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