'Gattu' earns praises at Berlin Film Festival
Posted on: 04:37 PM IST Feb 20, 2012
Berlin: An Indian film 'Gattu' directed by Rajan Khosa has been honoured with a special mention at the prestigious film festival 62nd Berlin film festival. The film won the award in the Generation KPlus category in which films meant for children are screened.
"I'm very thrilled," says Rajan Khosa, whose film is produced by the Children's Film Society of India. "To children, I wish to say, believe in your dreamsagainst all odds and your dreams will come true. And to adults, I wish to say, make sure all across the world, that no child remains on the street, but in the trustful environment of the school."
The film has the charming Mohammad Samad play an orphan who wants to escape working in his uncle's garbage recycling business in order to attend school.
"We had sold out shows of Gattu in Berlin, and I'm delighted with the response of the children. I had to sign 400 autographs," said an exhilarated Khosa, who is attending the festival with the film's co-writer Ankur Tewari.
"It is a proud moment for all of us in CFSI. Berlinale is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world and the little street urchin Gattu won many a heart by his witty pranks and his determination to fulfill his dream," Sushovan Banerjee, CEO, CFSI, told PTI in New Delhi.
India earlier made a big splash with the Berlinale Special Gala screening of Farhan Akhtar's 'Don 2'. Shah Rukh Khan made Dieter Kosslick, Berlin Film Festival director, and Kirsten Niehuus, Managing Director, Film Funding, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, which co-produced 'Don 2', dance onstage to the film's theme song.