Gattu wins Berlinale special mention

MUMBAI: 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.

Khosa 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."

The 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.

The 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.

Khosa had earlier won a Special Mention from the young people‘s jury at Berlin with his debut feature Dance of the Wind in 1997.

"It 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 Banerjee.

Earlier, Farhan Akhtar‘s Don 2 had a special gala screening at the Berlinale.

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