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As a part of 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, CFSI had arranged special screenings of the film “Gandhi” in various schools and organizations. 3 shows were conducted for the children of “Sevalaya”, an orphanage at Thiruvallur district (TN) where about 1263 children watched the film. About 2800 children of JSS Free Residential School, Mysore (Kar) watched the film at their Open Air Theatre. 495 children of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Chetpet, Chennai (TN) watched the movie.

CFSI film SUNDAY directed by Pankaj Advani was screened at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum on 24th October, 2019. Renowned actress Ratna Pathak, who enacted in the film interacted with the audience after the screening.

Synopsis of film Sunday:

It’s Sunday and Chintu can’t wait to get up since his father is arriving home. He accompanies his mother to the station. Before they reach, their jeep breaks down only to re-start mysteriously. This is the beginning of a bizarre ride for the family where the father oversleeps and misses his station, the mother tries to chase him in another train only to realize it won’t stop for six hours and the father and son then desperately trying to chase the mother back.

Gandhiji’s 150th Birth Anniversary coincides with another milestone: the centenary of his magazine ‘Young India’, the first issue under Gandhiji’s editorship.

To celebrate this, CFSI film ‘Abhi Kal Hi Ki Baat Hai’ based on the life of Mahatma Gandhiji was screened.

Synopsis of film:

Mahatma Gandhi is considered the father of the nation. His principles of justice, truth and non-violence left a lasting impression on the world. This film aims to inspire kids to these principles by depicting the life of Gandhi through photographs and exquisite dolls.

‘World Mental Health Day’ is an international day, celebrated on 10th October, for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.

To create awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health, CFSI screened its film ‘Halo’, a story The loneliness in a motherless Sasha’s life is filled by her puppy, Halo. When Halo gets lost, Sasha has only one thought on her mind – to find him at any cost. This seven year old girl’s search for her puppy in the byzantine streets of Mumbai turns into Alice’s ride down the rabbit-hole as she encounters one idiosyncratic person after another. Does Sasha find her little puppy? Helmed by breathtaking visuals, Halo is celebrated cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan’s debut feature that is a fun and entertaining watch for everyone. This film that has won many national and international awards including Best Children’s Film at the 43rd National Film Awards, 1996 also stars the famous Bollywood director Rajkumar Santoshi in the role of Sasha’s father.

The movie beautifully shows various emotional experiences, real life struggles and also focuses on different relationships, which is all part of emotional experiences in one way or the other.

To appreciate the services rendered by Indian postal department for over 150 years and to celebrate ‘National Postal Day’ on 10th October, 2019, CFSI film ‘Wrong Mauritius’ directed by Raghuvir Kulkarni was screened.

Synopsis of the film:

A young boy Bipin, along with his friend Viju and Mona chance upon a book in a second hand book stall that contains a very rare stamp called Wrong Mauritius. On their way back home, a sinister looking man follows the trio. He bumps into Bipin and the book they have just brought falls down. Later they realize that the stamp is missing. Who was the goon and why was he after the stamp? With the help of philatelist Ramu and inspector Dravid, the three friends discover the secret of the stamp and the men trying to steal it.

7 shows were organized in Ahmedanagar, Nashik, Gaya and Patna covering more than 1400 child audience.

To provide wholesome entertainment and to inculcate the taste of good cinema in children, Children’s Film Society, India organized 600 free films shows enjoyed by 1,63,511 schools students of Satara, Pune, Parbhani, Surat, Akola and Washim districts of Maharashtra during the month of July, August and September 2019.

CFSI filmEk Ajooba’ was screened at St. Jude India Childcare Centre, Cotton Green, Mumbai on 11th October, 2019 for children with cancer – the underprivileged children away from home for their treatment for cancer. 

More than 45 children enjoyed the show.

Synopsis of film – Ek Ajooba:

Chitra is sad that despite working hard she fails to secure first rank in class. Help arrives in the form of Guruji, a family friend and philosopher. He gives Chitra some holy ash that gives her the required confidence to try harder to reach her goal. However, her brother and his friend conspire to acquire this ‘magical’ ash as a means to find quick solutions to their problems. What is this magical ash Guruji has given? Will it help Chitra come first in class? Will her brother and his friend get hold of it? Starring the legendary Bollywood actor Amrish Puri, Ek Ajooba is an inspiring film that tells kids that a lot of hard work and a little confidence, is the real miracle in life.

Tribute to Shri Ram Mohan (1931-2019), Father of Indian Animation.
Tribute to Shri Ram Mohan (1931-2019), Father of Indian Animation.

He was one of the leading lights of Indian animation, Shri Ram Mohan joined the Cartoon Unit at Films Division, Mumbai at a very young age. He trained under Claire H Weeks of Walt Disney Studios from 1956-1959. Between 1960 and 1967 he scripted, designed and animated many Films Division animation films, winning awards at home and abroad. In 1968 he headed Prasad Production’s animation division and in 1972, he established Ram Mohan Biographics. He made and was part of many landmark animation films including ‘Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama’ an Indo-Japan co-production. He has also trained many generations of Indian animators.

Shri Ram Mohan had also directed CFSI film ‘TARU’ a story of the relationship between man and tree. Their lifelong relationship is such that man takes whatever he want from the tree and the tree joyfully gives. Through a lively and touching narrative, the film conveys man’s exploitation of nature and its grim consequences – avoidable only if the environment is treated with care and concern.

He was also  mentor of “Krish,Trish and  Baltiboy” Krish, Trish and Baltiboy – the three lovable minstrels take you on a wonderful journey into the world of Indian folktales and folk music

Watch  film ‘TARU’

To celebrate ‘World Tourism Day’ on 27th September, 2019, CFSI film ‘Yatra’ (Hindi / 54 mins) directed by Rajendra Sharma was screened in association with various NGOs/Organisations in schools in Ahmednagar and Nashik districts of Maharashtra State and Centres of Bihar Bal Bhawan ‘Kilkari at Gaya, Darbanga and Bhagalpur & at Remand Home in Dongri, Mumbai and the film was also virtually screened by EDUSAT Network, Haryana.

Brief synopsis of film – Yatra

It is a story based on The South Indian temples of Tanjore, Madurai and Rameshwaran are historical monuments and living documents of the nation’s rich historical, cultural and artistic past. Yatra is a travelogue that takes kids through these magnificent temples in an attempt to make them realize the rich culture and historic traditions of India.

More than 10 lakhs children enjoyed the film.

To commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, CFSI has celeberated “Swachchta Hi Seva” (SHS) 2019 – Plastic Waste Management campaign by screening of CFSI film “Pappu Ki Pugdandi in the following schools from 1st to 3rd October 2019.

  1. Katyayani Balika Ashram, Dr. Ambedkar Marg, New Delhi
  2. Flag Life Assembly of GOD, Children Home, Karol Bagh, New Delhi
  3. National Association for Blind, RK Puram, New Delhi
  4. Adharshila Welfare Centre, Giri Nagar, Kalkaji, New Delhi

During the screening 236 children were participated (96 Boys & 140 Girls) in 5 shows.

We have also invited expert who has given lecture to children that “How to keep our environment free from plastic waste” School authorities have appreciated Children’s Film Society, India efforts screening  for value based film on the occasion.

For the very first time, CFSI in association with Narayan Parshuram, Music Director of CFSI’s animation film ‘Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya’ organised a unique workshop on music for children at Remand Home, Dongri on 1st October, 2019. CFSI’s film ‘Pappu ki Pugdandi’ was screened after the workshop.

Mr. Parshuram explained various aspects of music to the children alongwith the meaning of song “Vaishnav Jan To” which is based on Mahatma Gandhji.

More than 190 children got the opportunity to learn about music through this workshop.

“फिट इंडिया का एक ही नारा, स्वच्छ भारत का है इरादा” spreading the awareness on Swachhta and Fitness, staff of CFSI actively participated in पदयात्रा from August Kranti Maidan to Mani Bhawan and back to CFSI office to commemorate 150th  Birth Anniversary of Gandhiji on 2nd October, 2019.