Nagesh Kukunoor’s next, Dhanak, to be screened at TIFF and IFFLA
After bagging two awards at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak (Rainbow) will be screened at two more prestigious international film festivals, Indian Film Festival Los Angeles (IFFLA) and at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Kids.
Dhanak is the Closing Night Gala film at the IFFLA, where it will screen on April 12, 2015 and it will also have its North American premiere at TIFF Kids, with screenings on April 9th, 12th, 15th and 18th. TIFF Kids is one of the largest children’s film festivals in the world.
The award winning film co-produced by Manish Mundra, 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.
Mundra produced the award-winning film Ankhon Dekhi and co-produced Umrika, which has won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He also contributed 50 lakhs to Mumbai Film festival, 2014.
Dhanak stars, Hetal Gada and Krrish Chhabria in lead roles and 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 prominent roles.
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 Nagesh’s second film with children after the much acclaimed Rockford.
The filmmaker says, “Dhanak continues to generate joy for all of us as it continues its journey. As always eager to see international audiences react to the film as we screen it at major festivals!”