Director: A K Bir
Oriya/1998/Colour/82mins (Also available in: Hindi)


Nandan is a spirited, energetic 12 year old boy whose mischief constantly lands him in trouble with his parents. One day after seeing a toy car in a shop, he desperately wants it. He steals money from his father and goes to buy the toy. But while waiting for its delivery, he witnesses the manipulative, aggressive, deceptive and exploitative nature of the trading community. Events spiral out of hand and lands Nandan in a police station. Though sad and dejected by the turn of events, Nandan is enriched with a rare understanding, courage and conviction by this experience in this Best Feature Film Oriya award winner at the 40th National Film Awards, 1998.


Director’s Biography: A K Bir
Apurba Kishore Bir, studied cinematography in FTII and began his career making ads, documentaries and short film. He was a key member of Richard Attenborough’s camera team for the multiple Oscar winning ‘Gandhi’. Mr. Bir has made many films for CFSI including ‘Lavanya Preeti’ that won the Best Asian Film at the Osaka International Film Festival and ‘Baaja’ that won the National Award for Best Children’s film in 2003. He is a sensitive filmmaker who has often depicted children trapped in a world of adults obsessed with materialism and lack of harmony. Mr. Bir has won multiple national awards both for cinematography and direction.