There was a time when one radio would become the star attraction of an entire village. Radio Comes to Rampur is not only nostalgic of those innocent times, but weaves a funny story around it. The village of Rampur is abuzz with the anticipation of the wonder box – radio, that the landlord of the village wants to buy. The excitement, frenzy and the absence of knowledge about what a radio really is becomes the focal point of the village and every hilarious incident that takes place in it. When the landlord’s brother finally does bring the radio, the collision of anticipation with reality, leads to a rib-tickling anticlimax. The film humours children with the vision of a time hard to imagine today.


Director’s Biography: Asha Dutta
Asha Dutta is a graduate in cinematography from FTII. She has been part of many short and documentary films, including ‘Chatpat Chunmum’ for CFSI. She has also been associated with two international Children’s Film Festivals and has worked on a feature film ‘Meri Kahani’, produced by NFDC.


The king of Meethapur has a witty court jester who is insecure about his position in life. When he hears of a famous fortune teller, he conceives a plan where the king is told that he would die two hours after his jester. The scared king now ensures that the jester is well taken care of. Comfortable in his position, the jester gets greedy and begins making absurd demands, confident that they would be met. Baffled at first, the king finally sees through the jester’s game and hatches his own sweet, funny revenge. This rollicking fun ride has lyrics by Gulzar and music by Bhaskar Chandavarkar.


Director’s Biography: Virendra Saini
Director & cinematographer, Virendra Saini, graduated from FTII with a diploma in cinematography in 1976. He has been intimately and consistently connected with the New Cinema Movement in India, working for both feature films and full-length documentaries with several major directors including Mani Kaul, Saeed Mirza, Sai Paranjpye, Kundan Shah, Vinod Chopra and Bhimsain. In 1990 he won the National award for Best Cinematography for the film, ‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’.In 1999 he directed his first feature film, ‘Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail’ production by CFSI which won the National Award, for the Best Children’s Film.


Sonu, a hardworking student, is a leader among her circle of friends despite her handicap caused by a polio attack. She meets a wise, old nomadic shepherd who instills in her mind the idea that every mountain is meant to be crossed. Hence, despite her handicap, she harbours a secret longing to climb a mountain. Once when the villagers accuse Gagan, the village prankster who is always at odds with Sonu, she proves his innocence. Moved by this act, Gagan asks what he can do to repay her. Sonu tells him of her secret desire and Gagan promises to help. But does Sonu have it in her to cross the mountain of her own disability?


Director’s Biography: Virendra Saini
Director & cinematographer, Virendra Saini, graduated from FTII with a diploma in cinematography in 1976. He has been intimately and consistently connected with the New Cinema Movement in India, working for both feature films and full-length documentaries with several major directors including Mani Kaul, Saeed Mirza, Sai Paranjpye, Kundan Shah, Vinod Chopra and Bhimsain. In 1990 he won the National award for Best Cinematography for the film, ‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’.
In 1999 he directed his first feature film, ‘Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail’ production by CFSI which won the National Award, for the Best Children’s Film.


Meena and Papu live in a neighbourhood that is terrorized by a naughty monkey. Though everyone is disturbed by the ape, the two kids enjoy the monkey’s mischiefs and play with it. This leads to hilarious situations. Finally the money is captured and sent to a zoo but a man turns up claiming the monkey to be his. Is the monkey really his? What has fate in store for the monkey?


Director’s Biography: Santosh Sahni
Santosh Sahni, son of actor Balraj Sahni, studied both English and Hindi literature in college. He joined BBC Hindi in England, working as a program producer and artist. Coming back to India after four years, he joined IPTA as an artist and later wrote and directed plays, composed songs for children, presented children’s and adults programs for Bombay and Punjab Doordarshan. ‘Pakda Gaya’ is his first film as director.


Young Paari and Tolen are close friends. The two live near a national park and roam around the park observing wild birds and the Sangai – an endangered deer specie. They help a research scholar study the Sangai. When Tolen’s father is transferred, Paari feels lonely and loses interest in watching birds and animals. One day however, after helping a wounded bird, he feels happy. This rekindles his love for nature. Once trying to protect a Sangai from a hunter’s trap, he gets trapped himself and loses consciousness. Directed by globally awarded Manipuri director, Aribam Syam Sharma, Paari tries to instill the love of nature in young kids.


Director’s Biography: Aribam Syam Sharma
One of India’s most globally acclaimed filmmaker, director and composer Aribam Syam Sharma hails from the north-eastern, hilly state of Manipur. Recipient of the V. Shantaram Award for Best Direction (1997), he has won several international and 10 National Awards, for both feature and non-feature films His film ‘Imagee Ningthem’ won the Grand Prix at the Festival des Troi Continents at Nantes, France in 1982. Another film, Ishanou (1991) was selected for the section Un Certain Regard in the 44th Cannes film festival.


13 year old Ram maybe blind but he has an uncanny ability to identify people by their voices and footsteps. One day Ram hears gun shots fired at his neighbours place and hears two people run out and identifies them. He tells the police who laugh at the idea of a blind witness. So does a private investigator. Without being disheartened, Ram decides to play a detective himself. This lands him in trouble as the goons now target Ram. Can a blind boy protect himself from a criminal gang out to get him while at the same time solve a murder mystery all by himself?


Director’s Biography: Nabendu Ghosh
One of Bengali literature’s progressive shining stars, Nabendu Ghosh has written dozens of novels, short story collection and stories and screenplays for some of Indian cinemas most popular films. Among the acclaimed films he has written screenplays for, include ‘Sujata’, ‘Bandini’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Majhli Didi’, ‘Abhimaan’ and ‘Teesri Kasam’. He has worked with some of the greatest directors of the country including Bimal Roy, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Bhatacharya and Satyen Bose. He has also directed four films including ‘Trishagni’ which won the National Award for Best Film in 1989.


The legendary Maratha king Chatrapati Shivaji, famous for his valour and brave exploits, had become a great leader when he was still in his teens. This biographical film depicts how he commanded his own army by the age of 16 and outwitted and defeated veteran warriors like Adil Shah who caused grave injustice to his people. Through the real life example of the great Maratha warrior, this inspirational film that won its lead a best child actor award, gives the message that no age is too young for true leadership, grit, humanism and a resolve to fight injustice


Director’s Biography: Prabhakar Pendharkar
Prabhakar Pendharkar got a chance to see and study how films are made firsthand at a very young age from his filmmaker father Bhalji Pendharkar, a Dadasaheb Phalke award winner. He formally worked with his father as an assistant director as also with V Shantaram between 1952 and 1959. He wrote and directed the Marathi film ‘Bhau Tithe Dev’. He worked in the Films Division for many years since 1961 and has won the National Award for the best educational and best promotional film.


Best Child Actor Award – 2nd Neo Youth international Competative Film Festival, Madras – India – 1982


A king looking for the map of a hidden treasure finds it in the back of a framed picture in grandmothers’ home. Realizing that some unscrupulous people are also in search of the map, he tears it into two, giving one to her for safekeeping. She hides it in her old gramophone box, unaware that a dacoit is watching her. She gets kidnapped and her grandsons try to find her even as the king’s wicked cousin hires a magician to find the location of the map. Will grandmother be rescued and does the treasure fall in the wrong hands? This magical ride through a wondrous land won multiple awards at the Moscow Film Festival, 1981.


Director’s Biography: Parvati Menon
After completing a degree in Law, Parvati Menon decided to make her career in films instead and became one of the first students at the newly instituted FTII in the 1960s. A prolific director, Parvati’s main concern in cinema has been children. She has taught, researched and written about cinema, while also writing, directing and producing many feature, documentary and short films. She has served as jury for many film festivals worldwide.


Best Actress to Leela Misra and Best Comedy Diploma Award – Moscow Film festival – India – 1981


In a Kutch village devastated by earthquake, Vikram, an orphaned kid, discovers the bust of King Vikramaditya. Having heard the stories of the ancient king’s exploits, Vikram is thrilled and hopes someday to be as brave and fair. An opportunity presents itself when a gang of six tries to steal the bust. Vikram resists the gang but is misunderstood and arrested for theft instead. What does fate hold in store for this brave kid and would he ever be able to live his dream of being like his role model?


Director’s Biography: Govind Saraiya
Govind Saraiya, has headed the prestigious Films Division for eleven years. As an UNESCO Fellow he worked in the UK, USA, France and Canada. Trained by Walt Disney, he made India’s first organized cartoon film and has since taught many cartoon filmmakers. He has directed six feature films, among them the renowned ‘Saraswatichandra’ and a range of educational and historical short films. Mr. Saraiya is also part of many policy making bodies and consultative film committees


Nandan is a spirited, energetic 12 year old boy whose mischief constantly lands him in trouble with his parents. One day after seeing a toy car in a shop, he desperately wants it. He steals money from his father and goes to buy the toy. But while waiting for its delivery, he witnesses the manipulative, aggressive, deceptive and exploitative nature of the trading community. Events spiral out of hand and lands Nandan in a police station. Though sad and dejected by the turn of events, Nandan is enriched with a rare understanding, courage and conviction by this experience in this Best Feature Film Oriya award winner at the 40th National Film Awards, 1998.


Director’s Biography: A K Bir
Apurba Kishore Bir, studied cinematography in FTII and began his career making ads, documentaries and short film. He was a key member of Richard Attenborough’s camera team for the multiple Oscar winning ‘Gandhi’. Mr. Bir has made many films for CFSI including ‘Lavanya Preeti’ that won the Best Asian Film at the Osaka International Film Festival and ‘Baaja’ that won the National Award for Best Children’s film in 2003. He is a sensitive filmmaker who has often depicted children trapped in a world of adults obsessed with materialism and lack of harmony. Mr. Bir has won multiple national awards both for cinematography and direction.


Nine year old Gul Hasan lives in the desert of Rann of Kutch. Its extreme variations of temperature, absence of water, open sandy plains with no vegetation, its sand storms and cracked and parched earth, provide the inert background to Gul’s dreams, hopes and aspirations. The natural environment along with urban and modern influences and happenings has a great impact on his mind, which become the take-off point for his fantasies. Gul’s journery slips from reality to fantasy to reality. The film has won many awards globally, including Best Children’s Film at the 40th National Film Awards in 1993.


Director’s Biography: Gopi Desai
Gopi Desai studied acting in both FTII and the NSD (National School of Drama). She has made programs for women and children at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). She is a member of the Sangeet Natak Academy and has acted in many plays. She has made several documentaries and has assisted many directors like Jahnu Barua, Ketan Mehta, Mahesh Bhatt and Ramesh Sippy among others. ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge?’ is her debut feature.



Golden Plaque for most Popular Film and Special Mention From CIFEJ Jury & from International Jury – 8th International film Festival for Children’s and Young People – India – 1993

Silver Cairo Awards – 5th Cairo International filmfestival for Children – Egypt – 1994

Best Child Actor Award & Best Director Award – Queen Child Guidence Centre – New York USA

Best Children’s Film Award & Best Child Artist Awards – 40th National Film Festival – India – 1993

V.Shantaram Awards – Madhya Pradesh State film Development Film Festival – India – 1992

Best Child Artist ( Master Amit Phalke ) & Best Director Awards – Queens Child Guidence Centre , USA


A shepherd boy in a small village sees a black horse drinking water by a pool every day. He plays the flute for the horse and the two develop a special bond. The horse belongs to an ailing feudal lord, whose relatives converge from afar to claim their share of the dying mans property. The horse is given to someone who plans to sell it to a race course for a large sum of money. On way to the city, the horse resists and jumps off a running truck, fracturing a leg. The owner sells the horse to a horse cart puller. Meanwhile unable to bear the separation, the shepherd boy goes looking for the horse in the city and with the help of his flute, finds him. Pained by the torture the horse has to undergo, he dreams of running away with his beloved horse. But can he?


Director’s Biography: Shyam Ranjankar
After doing his BA in Psychology from Pune University, Shyam Ranjankar gravitated towards cinema and graduated in editing and direction from the Film and Television Institute of India. He went on to assist many luminaries of Indian cinema including Bhaskar Chandavarkar in ‘Atyachar’, Govind Nihalani in ‘Ardh Satya’, Saeed Mirza in ‘Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho’, Mahesh Bhatt in ‘Janam’ and Vijay Tendulkar in ‘Swayamsidha’. He has also worked in one of India’s best loved television series, ‘Nukkad’