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Synopsis:

The old postman goes house to house and delivers letters. However, he does his arduous job bare foot. No one notices, except a little lame girl, who understands his suffering and presents him with a pair of shoes in this touching short film.

 

Director’s Biography: Ram Gabale
Ram Gabale was the Director of Films for the Government of Maharashtra before joining Films Division. A highly regarded documentary filmmaker, two of his films – ‘Phool Aur Kaliyan’ and ‘The Story of Dr. Karve’, have won National Awards.

Synopsis:

Little Taj disregards advice of his friends about a stray puppy and brings him home. He is disappointed when his parents refuse to allow him to keep the puppy. They relent when they see a sad Taj. However when the puppy grows up, they ask him to give him away. Taj is sad and wonders whom to give it to.

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The revered Hindu god Hanuman is known for his devotion, courage and fun-loving nature. This animation film depicts how he crosses the ocean to reach Lanka in search of Ram’s wife Sita. He has many adventures along the way like encountering Mainak the mountain, Surasa the crocodile and Sinhika the female demon. He finally manages to trace Sita but is captured and Ravana orders his tail to be put on fire. The impish Hanuman, with a burning tail, sets fire to the city before returning to Rama.

 

Director’s Biography: Ajay Kumar Chakravorty
A Fine Arts graduate from Vishwa Bharati University, Ajay Kumar Chakravorty began work as a visualiser in Bombay and also founded the Anandam Films Society. Later, a 1949 Czechoslovakian puppet film triggered his ambition to learn animation. In 1961 he made India’s first animated puppet film – ‘Nanche Munhe Sitare’ and won a National Award for the same. He won two other National Awards for his 1974 film ‘Alibaba’ and his 1982 film ‘Raju and Tinku’. Chakravarty has made around nine animated films based on fairy tales, mythological themes and historical subjects

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Bittu and his sister Kuntal enter a painting competition. Bittu draws a lovely picture of a young boy to which he gets so attached that he does not submit it. Kuntal makes fun of him and calls the painting Lallu. Both fight, after which Kuntal crumples the painting, ties it to a gas balloon and lets it loose skywards. Bittu is hurt and goes to sleep where he dreams that the picture has come to life.

 

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.

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Ladakh, situated on the northern most part of India, is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It houses some nomadic tribes and races of people who have a culture and tradition unique from the rest of the world. This film captures the beauty of life in this tiny Himalayan city of Ladakh.

 

Director’s Biography: Mohan Kaul
Mohan Kaul moved to Bombay from his native Srinagar to work with Erza Mir and later with noted German director Pauls Zils when he was based in Bombay. A self-taught filmmaker, he has worked as producer, director and editor on a number of films and TV and video projects. Among his most popular work includes the Marathi series ‘Gharkhul’ which he produced, directed and edited.

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A village trickster manages to fool Ramu the washerman. He takes Ramu’s donkey promising to turn him into a human being. After a few days when the washerman goes to the trickster’s house to meet his donkey turned human, he is fooled once again. This time however, it is the tricksters turn to face the music of his own doing.

 

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.

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Lakes play a very important role in the life of the population living near it as also its flora and fauna. This documentary talks to fishermen living in the lakes of Srinagar and details this delicate relationship between man and lakes.

 

Director’s Biography: Mohan Kaul
Mohan Kaul moved to Bombay from his native Srinagar to work with Erza Mir and later with noted German director Pauls Zils when he was based in Bombay. A self-taught filmmaker, he has worked as producer, director and editor on a number of films and TV and video projects. Among his most popular work includes the Marathi series ‘Gharkhul’ which he produced, directed and edited.

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A crow and his wife had a nest on a banyan tree. Every time the crow laid eggs, a wicked cobra would eat up the eggs. A cunning fox decided to help. As per plan the crow went to the queens’ palace and flew away with an expensive necklace. When the guards gave chase, he dropped the necklace outside the cobra’s hole. The cobra is finally killed by the guards in order to retrieve the necklace and the crows live happily ever after.

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Celebrated director M S Sathyu uses the highly talented pantomime artist and actor Irshad Panjatan to portray, through mime, the various stages in a man’s life.

 

Director’s Biography: M S Sathyu
M.S. Sathyu, an internationally renowned filmmaker and theatre director, moved to Bombay from Mysore in 1952. He did a variety of jobs including animation, documentary, TV films, TV serials, designing and directing plays and even wrote a script for a ballet before making ‘Garm Hava’ in 1974, that became one of the best films on the partition and won him a Golden Palm nomination at the Cannes Film Festival including several awards in India. He has since made films like ‘Bara’ and ‘Kanneshwara Rama’ while also directing many successful plays. ‘Kala Parvat’ is an Indo-Russian joint collaboration with Alexander Zagurdi.

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Lazy Bahadur seeks shortcuts to learning and fame. At a distant monastery he becomes disciple to a guru on the condition that he would endure hardships. After a month he gets tired and is ready to leave when he sees supernatural feats being performed in the monastery. After a lot of insistence, the guru agrees to teach him on the condition that he never using them for personal gains. Bahadur disregards his guru’s advice and tries to showoff only to discover that it does not work. He goes back to the guru who teaches him that there is no shortcut to success

 

Director’s Biography: Ajoy Kumar Chakravarty
A Fine Arts graduate from Vishwa Bharati University, Ajay Kumar Chakravorty began work as a visualiser in Bombay and also founded the Anandam Films Society. Later, a 1949 Czechoslovakian puppet film triggered his ambition to learn animation. In 1961 he made India’s first animated puppet film – ‘Nanche Munhe Sitare’ and won a National Award for the same. He won two other National Awards for his 1974 film ‘Alibaba’ and his 1982 film ‘Raju and Tinku’. Chakravarty has made around nine animated films based on fairy tales, mythological themes and historical subjects

Synopsis:

Indira Gandhi, the first women Prime Minister of India, inherited the love of children from her father Jawaharlal Nehru, effectionately called ‘Chacha’ (uncle) by the kids of the nation. This short film shows Indira Gandhi interacting with the children who have won awards for bravery during the annual Republic Day celebrations.

 

Director’s Biography: Mohan Kaul
Mohan Kaul moved to Bombay from his native Srinagar to work with Erza Mir and later with noted German director Pauls Zils when he was based in Bombay. A self-taught filmmaker, he has worked as producer, director and editor on a number of films and TV and video projects. Among his most popular work includes the Marathi series ‘Gharkhul’ which he produced, directed and edited.

Synopsis:

A monkey who lived on a tree on the banks of a river, becomes friends with a crocodile. When the crocodiles wife comes to know of this friendship, her mouth waters at the thought of eating a monkey. Her husband however refuses. Once, feigning illness, the wife says that only the heart of a monkey can cure her. When in the middle of the river with the monkey riding on its back, the crocodile reveals his true motive, the monkey has to think fast to save himself. Can he? The film is based on a popular story from the Panchatantra.