Virendra Saini

Synopsis:

Eleven year old Foto has a strong imagination and lives in his own world of fantasy. Other kids consider him strange since he does not interact with them. One day, a film unit comes to his hilly town to shoot. Foto is mesmerized to see the magicians create rain and lightening, image and colour, and sound and music at their will. It is as if his fantasy is the reality of these magicians as a new world full of thrills, adventure and discovery opens up for him. But will he be able to reconcile his world of imagination with this real fantasy? The film won the Best Children’s Film award at the National Film Awards, 2007

 

Director’s Biography: Virendra Saini
Director & cinematographer, Virendra Saini, graduated from FTII with a diploma in cinematography in 1976. He has been intimately and consistently connected with the New Cinema Movement in India, working for both feature films and full-length documentaries with several major directors including Mani Kaul, Saeed Mirza, Sai Paranjpye, Kundan Shah, Vinod Chopra and Bhimsain. In 1990 he won the National award for Best Cinematography for the film, ‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’.
In 1999 he directed his first feature film, ‘Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail’ production by CFSI which won the National Award, for the Best Children’s Film.

 

Awards
Best Children’s Film – National Film Awards – India – 2007

Synopsis:

After the Gujarat earthquake of 2001, 6 eminent Indian filmmakers got together to contribute individual segments to ‘Chirayu’. This film thus becomes a boquet of six individual stories designed to reach out to the children of Gujarat traumatized by the earthquake and put a smile back on their faces. The directors who have contributed segments are Virendra Saini, A K Bir, Shyam Benegal, Santosh Sivan, Aziz Mirza and Sai Paranjpye. An embellishment to their efforts is provided by the renowned animator Ram Mohan.

 

Director’s Biography: Shyam Benegal, Santosh Sivan, Sai Paranjpye, Virendra Saini, Aziz Mirza, A K Bir
Shyam Benegal, one of India’s most renowned filmmakers, is a pioneer of the New Indian Cinema movement of the 70s. Santosh Sivan is the country’s most renowned and globally awarded cinematographer who has also directed many films. A multitalented persona, Sai Paranjpye has many books, films, documentaries and plays to her name. Virendra Saini is an award winning cinematographer and director who has worked with some of the most creative filmmakers of the country. Aziz Mirza is a well known commercial filmmaker of India who has made popular films like ‘Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman’, ‘Yes Boss’ and ‘Chalte Chalte’. A K Bir is a award winning cinematographer and children’s film director.

Synopsis:

Eight year old Robin has an extraordinary way with numbers. He uses his gift for calculation to help his village folks. His happy world is shattered when his uncle Joe and aunt Sheila, a sly couple aware of his powers, convince his innocent parents to send him to town for better education. The couple exploit him with live, ticketed shows where Robin magically solves complex mathematical problems. Despite his fame, Robin longs to go back to the simple life of his village. This film won the Best Children’s film award at the 46th National Film Awards and features popular actors like Nasseruddin Shah, Tom Alter and Deepti Naval among others.

 

Director’s Biography: Virendra Saini
Director & cinematographer, Virendra Saini, graduated from FTII with a diploma in cinematography in 1976. He has been intimately and consistently connected with the New Cinema Movement in India, working for both feature films and full-length documentaries with several major directors including Mani Kaul, Saeed Mirza, Sai Paranjpye, Kundan Shah, Vinod Chopra and Bhimsain. In 1990 he won the National award for Best Cinematography for the film, ‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’.
In 1999 he directed his first feature film, ‘Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail’ production by CFSI which won the National Award, for the Best Children’s Film

 

Awards
Best Children’s Film – 46th National Film Awards – India – 1999
Best Child Artist – Queen’s Child Guidence Centre – USA

Synopsis:

The king of Meethapur has a witty court jester who is insecure about his position in life. When he hears of a famous fortune teller, he conceives a plan where the king is told that he would die two hours after his jester. The scared king now ensures that the jester is well taken care of. Comfortable in his position, the jester gets greedy and begins making absurd demands, confident that they would be met. Baffled at first, the king finally sees through the jester’s game and hatches his own sweet, funny revenge. This rollicking fun ride has lyrics by Gulzar and music by Bhaskar Chandavarkar.

 

Director’s Biography: Virendra Saini
Director & cinematographer, Virendra Saini, graduated from FTII with a diploma in cinematography in 1976. He has been intimately and consistently connected with the New Cinema Movement in India, working for both feature films and full-length documentaries with several major directors including Mani Kaul, Saeed Mirza, Sai Paranjpye, Kundan Shah, Vinod Chopra and Bhimsain. In 1990 he won the National award for Best Cinematography for the film, ‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’.In 1999 he directed his first feature film, ‘Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail’ production by CFSI which won the National Award, for the Best Children’s Film.

Synopsis:

Sonu, a hardworking student, is a leader among her circle of friends despite her handicap caused by a polio attack. She meets a wise, old nomadic shepherd who instills in her mind the idea that every mountain is meant to be crossed. Hence, despite her handicap, she harbours a secret longing to climb a mountain. Once when the villagers accuse Gagan, the village prankster who is always at odds with Sonu, she proves his innocence. Moved by this act, Gagan asks what he can do to repay her. Sonu tells him of her secret desire and Gagan promises to help. But does Sonu have it in her to cross the mountain of her own disability?

 

Director’s Biography: Virendra Saini
Director & cinematographer, Virendra Saini, graduated from FTII with a diploma in cinematography in 1976. He has been intimately and consistently connected with the New Cinema Movement in India, working for both feature films and full-length documentaries with several major directors including Mani Kaul, Saeed Mirza, Sai Paranjpye, Kundan Shah, Vinod Chopra and Bhimsain. In 1990 he won the National award for Best Cinematography for the film, ‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’.
In 1999 he directed his first feature film, ‘Kabhi Pass Kabhi Fail’ production by CFSI which won the National Award, for the Best Children’s Film.