Director: Santosh Sivan
Hindi/1996/Colour/92mins (Also available in: Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil )


The loneliness in a motherless Sasha’s life is filled by her puppy, Halo. When Halo gets lost, Sasha has only one thought on her mind – to find him at any cost. This seven year old girl’s search for her puppy in the byzantine streets of Mumbai turns into Alice’s ride down the rabbit-hole as she encounters one idiosyncratic person after another. Does Sasha find her little puppy? Helmed by breathtaking visuals, Halo is celebrated cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan’s debut feature that is a fun and entertaining watch for everyone. This film that has won many national and international awards including Best Children’s Film at the 43rd National Film Awards, 1996 also stars the famous Bollywood director Rajkumar Santoshi in the role of Sasha’s father


Director’s Biography: Santosh Sivan
An FTII alumnus in cinematography, Santosh Sivan is one of India’s most prolific cinematographers having shot some of the most beautifully shot features and documentaries in the country including ‘Raakh’, ‘Roja’, ‘Dalapathi’, ‘Rudaali’ and ‘Kala Pani’ among many others. Both his films for CFSI, the debut ‘Halo’ and his second film ‘Malli’ won National Awards, besides international recognition. His next ‘The Terrorist’ brought him international recognition. Santosh has since directed and shot many feature films and documentaries in Hindi, Tamil Kannada and Malayalam languages and has won numerous national and international awards



Awards – Best Children’s Film – 43rd National Film Awards – India – 1996
Rajat Kamal Award for Director – 43rd National Film Awards – India – 1996
Special Mention Child Artist – 43rd National Film Awards – India – 1996
Best Sound Recordist – 43rd National Film Awards – India – 1996
The Bronze Elephant Award – 9th International Children’s Film Festival – India – 1995
Special Jury Prize – 7th Cairo International Film Festival For Children – Egypt – 1997
Best Film – Chidren’s Filmfest’97 Ontario – Canada – 1997
Best Artist ( Benaf Dadachanji ) – Children’s Filmfest -97 – New York – 1997