Dhanak’: Kukunoor joyous over IFFLA, TIFF Kids journey

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Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) After winning two honours at Berlinale, Nagesh Kukunoor’s “Dhanak” is embarking on a journey to be screened at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) and the TIFF Kids International Film Festival in Toronto. The filmmaker is eager to see the audience’s response.

“‘Dhanak’ continues to generate joy for all of us as it continues its journey. As always eager to see international audiences react to the film as we screen it at major festivals,” Kukunoor said in a statement.

“Dhanak” or “Rainbow” is the closing night Gala film at the IFFLA, where it will screen on April 12, and it will also have its North American premiere at one of the world’s largest children’s film fests — TIFF Kids — with screenings on April 9, April 12, April 15 and April 18.

The award-winning film, co-produced by Manish Mundra, Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola, had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival where it bagged The Grand Prix for the best feature-length film and the Special Mention for the best feature film by The Children’s Jury for Generation Kplus.

“Dhanak”, which stars Hetal Gada and Krrish Chhabria in the lead roles,
is about an eight-year-old blind boy whose 10-year-old sister promises him that he will get his vision back before he turns nine.

The film follows the duo on a magical journey through the sand dunes of
Rajasthan. The film also stars theatre actors Vipin Sharma and Vibha
Chhiber in prominent roles.

Like Kukunoor’s acclaimed film “Iqbal”, “Dhanak” also explores the beautiful relationship of a brother and sister and the central character suffers from a disability, but in a dramatically diverse setting.

This is also the filmmaker’s second film with children after the much acclaimed “Rockford”.

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