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Synopsis:

Mohan lives with his old aunt in a forest. He is kind to her and helps her out without a care for his own well being. A fairy impressed by his simplicity and kindness rewards him with a visit to a fairy land and rich gifts.

 

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.

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Often, in our insecurity, we try to please all. The film tries to give this message to kids that in trying to please all, you end up pleasing no one.

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The great Rajput king of Mewar kingdom, Maharana Pratap had a horse named Chetak. Chetak was loyal and as brave as his master. His exploits in the battlefield made him legendary. This short animation film chronicles his life with an aim to inspire the same bravery and loyalty in children

 

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

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Alladin is a poor boy who discovers a magic lamp. The genie trapped inside grants him his wishes that finally sees him marrying a princess and defeating a wizard that is determined to harm him and his king. Based on the highly acclaimed Russian puppet shows, this puppet film is conducted by the Moscow state central puppet theatre and is based on a famous Arabian nights story.

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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.

 

Director’s Biography: Clement Baptista
A student and later lecturer at the J.J. School of Arts, Clement Baptista was a painter, art-director and filmmaker. He associated with Vishnu Vijaykar to work at the Army Film Centre of the Central Cinematrographic Services that produced training and inspiring films for the armed forces. The two formed a production company called Hunnar Films and made a host of travelogue and inspiring films. Two of Baptista’s films have won National Awards: ‘The Telco Story’ in 1962 and ‘Inquiry’ in 1968 for Best Animation Film.

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Ballu Shah, a born miser, gets trapped in a tree. He promises god to feed a Brahmin in lieu of his life. To fulfill his promise, he chooses Kankidas, a poor Brahmin who he thinks has a poor appetite. He instructs his wife to give him a meal and goes out to run an errand. Seizing the opportunity, Kankidas tricks the wife into making food for 10 men. He also takes four gold coins from her. A furious Ballu Shah rushes to the Brahmins house to teach him a lesson. Anticipating this, Kankidas has a plan ready to fool Ballu Shah further.

 

Director’s Biography: Rajesh Agarwal
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

Synopsis:

Three fishermen live together in a small hut near the coast and catch fish together. Once, which fishing they are caught in a snowstorm. Thus begins their ordeal that takes them through many adventures, including taking refuge in the stomach of a large whale

 

Director’s Biography: Rajesh Agarwal
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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A sweetmeat seller loves to pamper children with sweets, but is saddened by his wife’s grief at not having any children of their own. One day he makes a little sugar boy and gives it to his wife who prays for it to come alive. In the night, her wish is granted. But the impish doll runs away to see the world and encounters many troubles. In the end he realizes the love of the couple where he was made. But would he be able to return to them in a perilous world? Made in 1964, Adventure

 

Director’s Biography: Kantilal Rathod
A well-known painter also trained in film animation in Calcutta and in Chicago, Kantilal Rathod was in charge of the cartoon unit of the Baptista-Vijayakar production unit, Hunnar Films. Later, Rathod branched out forming his own company Akbar Films and made many art and industrial films. With his first award winning feature film “Kanku” (1970), Rathod set a new trend. The film presented an objective account of a lower-middle class women’s monotonous and stultified existence. His second feature. ‘Ramnagari’ followed some years later. He has directed many features, documentaries and short films. He died in 1988.

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A forest rabbit is always nervous. He jumps and gets scared at the slightest sound and movement. Once the sound of a big leaf falling, scares him half to death. A naughty fox shouts ‘The sky is falling, run’ to poke fun of the rabbit. The poor rabbit thinks it to be true and creates panic in the jungle and scares other animals

 

Director’s Biography: Satish Kadrekar
Animator, cartoonist, commercial designer and filmmaker Satish Kadrekar, inspired by his father, took up drawing from an early age. He assisted film animator Madhave Kunte for 2 years before beginning work for the ad agency, Hindustan Thompson. Ever since Satish has been working as a freelance animator and illustrator, working titles of many films while also making several films of his own. He has also designed many books, including one on the biography of eminent filmmaker V Shantaram

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A young prince is trained for a time when he will grow up to become king. The lonely boy is frustrated at being kept secluded while being taught the art of statesmanship by great scholars. One day he finds a strange little man from another planet. He names his new friend Trishanku and the two exchange views about their own worlds. Trishankhu is homesick and wishes to return back to his planet. The two escape trying to find ways for Trishankhu to go back. On their journey they develop a deep bonding and it is hard for Trishankhu to let go. This heartwarming film by popular TV and film director Pankaj Parashar stars a galaxy of Bollywood stars in guest appearances including Sridevi, Amjad Khan, Anil Kapoor and Anupam Kher

 

Director’s Biography: Milind Ganesh Dastane

A reputed director of films and TV series, Pankaj Parashar is an alumnus of FTII, Pune. His diploma film for the institute ‘Malfunction’ won him a Filmfare Award for Best Documentary. Since then he has helmed the directorial chair for many reputed films, most notable being ‘Jalwa’ (1987) and ‘Chaal Baaz’ (1989), with the later winning him another Filmfare award. He also made the immensely popular ‘Karamchand’, India’s first detective series in 1985. Currently Pankuj divides his time making ad-films and working on his next feature film

Synopsis:

Akshay and Tanvi live in the city. Their parents are so engrossed in their own lives and careers that they don’t have time for the kids. The lonely children don’t know where to clarify their doubts. One day they come across an elderly couple who not only have the time to listen to them, but also understand their dilemmas. The kids want to take this couple home, but social barriers and rules don’t seem to allow that. The kids however refuse to give up so easily? ‘Aaji-Aajoba’ is a take on modern life where busy parents don’t have time to fulfill the emotional needs of their children. It calls for an urgent need to build a bridge of warmth, caring and understanding between the world of adults and innocent children.

 

Director’s Biography: Milind Ganesh Dastane
Writer, director actor and producer Milind Ganesh Dastane is associated with both Hindi and Marathi films. He has been part of many commercial films, television series and documentaries with many renowned directors in both the languages. ‘Aaji Ajoba’ is Milind’s first film as a director and co-producer.

 

Awards
Best Children’s Film, National Film Awards, India, 1996
Best Director for Children’s Film, National Film Awards, India,1996
Best Sound, National Film Awards, India,1996
Special Mention, Child Artist, National Film Awards, India, 1996
Bronze Elephant, International Film Festival for Children and Young People, India, 1997
Best Child Artist, International Film Festival for Children and Young People, India, 1997
Special Jury Prize for Best feature, Cairo International Film Festival for children, Egypt, 1997

Best Film, Children’s Film Fest, Ontario, Canada, 1997