Rajan Khosa's film Gattu has been honoured with a special
mention at the 62nd Berlin film festival. The film,
produced by the Children's Film Society of India, won
the award in the Generation KPlus category in which
films meant for children are screened.
said in a statement, "I'm very thrilled. To children,
I wish to say, believe in your dreams against all odds
and your dreams will come true. And to adults, I wish
to say, make sure all across the world, that no child
remains on the street, but in the trustful environment
of the school."
film is portrayal of India's have-nots and the dreams
of children living in want. Gattu, an 82 minute-feature,
is a charming look at a street boy whose passion for
flying kites gets him into the stickiest of situations.
director narrates Gattu in a way that is neither condescending
nor preachy, while holding the attention of both the
young and the older audiences through the right notes
of pain and hope.
had earlier won a Special Mention from the young people's
jury at Berlin with his debut feature Dance of the
Wind in 1997.
is a proud moment for all of us in CFSI. Berlinale
is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the
world and the little street urchin Gattu won many
a heart by his witty pranks and his determination
to fulfill his dream," commented CFSI CEO Sushovan
Farhan Akhtar's Don 2 had a special gala screening
at the Berlinale.