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Synopsis:

A great monkey king once ruled over his tribe under the foothills of the Himalayas. Once the life of his fellow monkeys is threatened by a human king. The monkey king manages to save his tribe, at the cost of his own life. Based on an ancient tale from the Jatak Katha, Mahakapi underlines the importance of sacrifice and nobility in life.

 

Director’s Biography: Rani Day Burra
Trained as a scripwritter at FTII, Pune, Rani Day Burra has had a hectic career as a film journalist, screen writer and director. Early on she edited various Indian periodicals including ‘Cinema Vision, India’ and ‘Cinema in India’ and many festival publications. She was part of the team that wrote the script for the feature-length animation film ‘Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama’. She has also written the script for films like ‘Hangama Bombay Ishtyle’, ‘Rakhee’ and ‘Mausi’

Synopsis:

The great Moghal emperor Akbar, was known for his wisdom, tolerance and fairness. The film highlights some key moments from the boyhood days of the great king to show what made him a rose among flowers.

 

Director’s Biography: Kedar Sharma
Director, producer, writer and lyricist Kedar Sharma was an early doyen of Hindi cinema. He slogged in Calcutta as a still cinema photographer, set painter and bit-part actor before writing the dialogues and lyrics for the Hindi adaptation of ‘Devdas’. He then directed the smash hits ‘Chitralekha’, ‘Neel Kamal’, ‘Bawre Nain’ and ‘Jogan’ and is credited for starting the careers of some of Hindi cinema’s great actors like Geeta Bali, Madhubala and Raj Kapoor. At the request of Jawaharlal Nehru, he joined CFSI and made many feature, short and documentary films.

Synopsis:

Bhola, an honest woodcutter, drops his axe in the river while cutting a tree. The river god appears and first offers him a silver axe and then a golden one. Bhola refuses both, insisting that his axe was old, rusty and made of iron. Pleased with his honesty, the river god gives him all three. Lalchi, a greedy villager, hears of this story, and tries to do the same. Sadly, his greed lands him in trouble. The film tells kids that honesty is always rewarded and greed, punished.

 

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.

Synopsis:

India has been given shape by some great men and women. Using a narrative verse, the film highlights key moments in the lives of some of these people who have influenced the nation.

 

Director’s Biography: Kedar Sharma
Director, producer, writer and lyricist Kedar Sharma was an early doyen of Hindi cinema. He slogged in Calcutta as a still cinema photographer, set painter and bit-part actor before writing the dialogues and lyrics for the Hindi adaptation of ‘Devdas’. He then directed the smash hits ‘Chitralekha’, ‘Neel Kamal’, ‘Bawre Nain’ and ‘Jogan’ and is credited for starting the careers of some of Hindi cinema’s great actors like Geeta Bali, Madhubala and Raj Kapoor. At the request of Jawaharlal Nehru, he joined CFSI and made many feature, short and documentary films.

Synopsis:

India is a vast and diverse country where people of many religions, sects, cultures and identity live. The country can thrive only when there is unity in this diversity. Using examples of the past where our mutual animosities made it possible for outsiders to invade and dominate the country, Ekta emphasises the importance of national unity in the eyes of children.

 

Director’s Biography: Kedar Sharma
Director, producer, writer and lyricist Kedar Sharma was an early doyen of Hindi cinema. He slogged in Calcutta as a still cinema photographer, set painter and bit-part actor before writing the dialogues and lyrics for the Hindi adaptation of ‘Devdas’. He then directed the smash hits ‘Chitralekha’, ‘Neel Kamal’, ‘Bawre Nain’ and ‘Jogan’ and is credited for starting the careers of some of Hindi cinema’s great actors like Geeta Bali, Madhubala and Raj Kapoor. At the request of Jawaharlal Nehru, he joined CFSI and made many feature, short and documentary films.

Synopsis:

The butterfly, though small, plays an important role in the sustenance of the environment. This short film sheds light on the same, by depicting the life cycle of a butterfly through the eyes of a little boy who catches them for fun.

 

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:

Hamid is a poor boy who lives with his old grandmother. He longs for things his rich friends easily afford. On the festive day of Eid Hamid is given little pocket money by his grandmother. He goes to the village fair and looks at things to buy. However he remembers how his grandmothers hand burn while cooking. He finally ends up buying a pair of tongs for her. Based on the famous short story Idgah by Munshi Premchand and directed by the legendary K A Abbas, Eid Mubarak is a touching short film that reminds kids of the values of love and sacrifice – the very essence of the festival of Eid.

 

Director’s Biography: K A Abbas
Director, novelist, screenwriter, journalist and columnist Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was one of the most influential but underrated man of Indian cinema. An unparalleled screenwriter, he wrote ‘Neecha Nagar’ which in 1946 won the highest prize at the first ever Cannes Film Festival. He also wrote Raj Kapoor’s biggest hits – ‘Awaara’, ‘Shri 420’, ‘Mera Naam Joker’ and ‘Bobby’. A director par excellence, he made hits such as ‘Dharti Ke Lal’, ‘Pardesi’ and ‘Saat Hindustani’ and launched the careers of many popular actors, including Amitabh Bachchan. He died in 1987.

Synopsis:

In this short film a king reforms a cheeky and naughty little mouse into becoming a well behaved one

 

Director’s Biography: G K Gokhale
Educated in Fine Art, G K Gokhale made his first experimental cartoon film in 1939 while also working as a political cartoonist for known journals of that time. He then joined the Cartoon Division of Films Division in 1956 and made and helped make several animated films. He served as a visiting professor at the National School for Design, Ahmedabad while also working with the National Film Board of Canada. His films have won many awards in India and abroad

Synopsis:

When a greedy lion kills more animals than he eats, the animals of the jungle promise to send him one animal everyday. When it is the turn of the rabbit, he hatches a plan and fools the strong lion. Based on a Panchatantra story, the film illustrates the triumph of intelligence over brute force.

 

Director’s Biography: V G Samant
After acquiring a diploma in drawing and painting in 1957, V G Samant joined the Cartoon Film Unit of the Films Division in 1959 and graduated to become its first Chief Animator. Several of his films including ‘Law of Nature’, ‘Precious Water’ and ‘Race with Death’ have won national and international awards with the ‘Tree of Life’ being his most celebrated film. An ardent educationalist, he loves conducting animation workshops for children and specialist with equal zeal.

Synopsis:

Vaiku, a young orphan is a gifted artist who wants to learn the art of making puppets. But Katputli of Khilona palace won’t teach the boy as he despises him. However, when Pupand – a doll made by Vaiku – starts dancing, Katputli realizes the gift Vaiku has and agrees to teach him.

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Children from a SOS Children’s Village in Faridabad, an institution that raises orphaned and destitute children in family units, are up in a mountaineering camp in Manali. The kids are despondent initially as they are unable to perform the physical challenges put up by trainers. Later they are overjoyed at overcoming irrational fears and discovering endurance within themselves. In a film presented as children’s narratives with their voiceovers, the kids develop a close bond with the instructors that seemed heartless brutes in the beginning of the camp.

 

Director’s Biography: Chandita Mukherjee
Chandita Mukherjee is an FTII, direction alumnus who began her career producing children’s science programs with SITE. Her research on the history of Indian science and technology resulted in “Bharat Ki Chaap”. She has worked on a series of Totanama stories – legendary folklore tables using the parrot as the central symbol of communication. She is the Director of Comet Media Foundation, founding member of AVEHI – a resource centre of educational media artefacts, Pratishad – an organization to enlist cultural resources against communalism, and Science Education Group – a society to promulgate a comprehensive scientific attitude.

Synopsis:

Madan, a boy from the hills of Almora, becomes a waiter in a city hotel. He longs for his home and family and seems lost all the time. A new customer, Jagdish, also from Almora, begins eating in the restaurant regularly. The two become friends with Madan looking up on Jagdish as a big brother. However, Jagdish adapts to the city ways, while Madan stays the same, leading to a confrontation between the two.

 

Director’s Biography: Madan Bawaria
A diploma holder from the Film and Television Institute of India, (FTII) Pune, Madan Bawaria has directed many advertising film. He has also worked as a Chief Assistant Director to many well known directors including Basu Chatterjee in the feature films ‘Puja’ and ‘Manzil’.