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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’.

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Little Chingi’s pet squirrel is called Chimi. One day after seeing a snake, Chimi gets scared and hides in a saxophone. When time comes for Chingi’s father to play the instrument at a parade, he discovers the squirrel hiding inside the instrument. Chingi and her family try their best to lure Chimi out but to no avail. Time is running out as her father has to play the saxophone in the parade. How will the family manage to bring Chimi out?

 

Director’s Biography: Dyananda Mukund Naik
Dyananda has written directed and produced numerous documentaries and short films for many government departments. She is a member of many committees and institutions formed by the Government of Maharashtra. She writes plays for theatre and TV plays for Bombay Doordarshan and Akashwani Kendra and has also given stage performances. She has also published books for children.

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Prince Devdatta shoots a swan and injures it. When he comes to collect the swan, he find his cousin Siddharth nursing the bird. The two prince lay claim on the bird. To settle their dispute, they go to the king. The king asks them to keep the bird in the centre. The wounded swan hobbles towards Siddhartha, its protector. The king declares that the swan belongs to Siddharth, who nurses the bird and releases it back.

 

Director’s Biography: Kewaldas Bansod
Kewaldas Bansod has a degree in Fine Art from Bombay. He remained associated with the Animation Department of Films Division for Twenty-three years. While helping others make their films, he also directed and animated his own films. These include ‘Weave Me Some Flowers’, ‘Karuna Ki Vijay’ (National Award Winner) and ‘Chious’ (Award-winner at 14th International Film Festival, 1969, West Germany).

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What should be the role of children during a national emergency? Chatur Balak aims to inspire kids by telling them of their roles and responsibilities during such crisis.

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Chunmun, a little girl, watches a neighbouring gang of boys play everyday. She longs to play with them but they reject her on the ground that she is small and silly. One day when the boys invite her to join them, she is delighted. Her happiness is short lived as she discovers the real reason for the offer – they need her help to elect a captain. Disappointed but not willing to give up, the intelligent Chunmun decides to use the opportunity to outsmart these over smart boys. Does she succeed? Who is elected captain finally?

 

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 while directing ‘Radio Comes to Rampur’ for CFSI.

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During the Bihar famine of the 1960s, children got together to raise money, food and materials for the famine affected people. This film documents how despite being small, children can provide invaluable support in times of national crises, after all every single drop makes an ocean. The film has many film stars of the times to inspire children in nation building.

 

Director’s Biography: Nagendra Bahuguna
Nagendra Bahuguna began in the film industry working with Kedar Sharma for years and assisting him in his films. He joined the CFSI as an assistant to Ezra Mir and made many films for the society. Later he joined commercial cinema and worked closely with old-time associate Lekh Tandon.

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Minoo, a child from a rich family, becomes friends with Madhu who she first sees eating leftovers. Minoo teaches Madhu what she learns at school while with the help of Madhu, Minoo sows seeds in a garden. On Minoo’s birthday, her rich friends bring her expensive gifts. But the most precious gift for her is what Madhu presents – a bunch of corn grown by her in the garden.

 

Director’s Biography: Phani Mazumdar
Phani Mazumdar’s six decades long career in cimema began in 1931 with Barua Studios, Calcutta. He wrote the scripts of ‘Abhigyan’ and ‘Abhagin’, assisting Prafulla Roy in directing them. He then directed the celebrated ‘Street Singer’ and ‘Sathi’, while also scripting and directing ‘Kapal Kundala’ and ‘Doctor’. He went to Singapore to work for the Shaw Brothers and in two years wrote and directed eleven feature film in Malay, Chinese and English. Returning to India in 1959 he directed the highly successful films ‘Aarti’ and ‘Oonche Log’. He has made a number of documentaries, children’s film and TV serials as well.

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In 1973, India celebrated its 25 years of Independence with pomp and gaiety. One of the highlights of the celebration was a special children’s rally where kids from different parts of the country participated. This short film documents the vibrant and colourful rally and shows the unity in diversity of this great nation.

 

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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Before the formation of CFSI in 1955, the Films Division made special classroom and entertainment programs for children. The practice was continued even after CFSI was formed. This episode covers the solo performance by talented child musicians playing the tabla, sitar, veena and mridangam.

 

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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In a jungle a fox and a stork are friends. Once the fox invites the stork for lunch, but offers food in a flat plate from which the stork cannot eat. The stork decides to avenge his insult. He invites the fox for lunch the next day and places food in a high narrow necked vessel. The fox goes away hungry and the stork has his revenge.

 

Director’s Biography: Madhav Kunte
Writer, producer, director and animator Madhav Kunte is an animation pioneer making over fifteen films with many winning major awards. Besides this, he is also a pioneer in the field of cinema equipment engineering, designing and developing a range of highly specialized, indigenously manufactured film equipments such as 35mm animation camera and stand, 16mm optical printer with bipack and 35mm special effect projection head:35mm and 16mm flat bed film editing machine (similar to Steinbeck) of which about fifty are in use in the Indian film industry: and video transfer and picture to U-matic video tape recoding

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Before the formation of CFSI in 1955, the Films Division made special classroom and entertainment programs for children. The practice was continued even after CFSI was formed. In this episode, children are given information about the religious fair at Kumbh, called the Kumbh Mela and the historic city of Malwa.

 

Director’s Biography: Rajesh Agrawal
A graduate of FTII, Rajesh Agarwal joined CFSI in 1964. During his eleven year tenure here, he worked with eminent directors like K.A.Abbas, Phani Mazumdar and Ram Gobale among others. After this, since 1975 he began work as a freelance editor, editing many features, documentaries and animated films.After assisting in the making of several TV serials and telefilms, he directing his own TV series and films.

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Before the formation of CFSI in 1955, the Films Division made special classroom and entertainment programs for children. The practice was continued even after CFSI was formed. This episode covers the life cycle of the mighty river Godavari and those that thrive because of the river.