I Am Kalam director Nila Madhab Panda's Halkaa to premiere at the Montreal International Film Festival


Mar,07 2018 19:34:54 IST

New Delhi: National Award-winning filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda's Halkaa will premiere worldwide at 21st Festival International du Film Pour Enfants de Montreal Film festival (FIFEM).

Nila Madhab Panda. Image from Facebook/MyCityLinks

Nila Madhab Panda. Image from Facebook/MyCityLinks

It will compete with six international children's films in the official section and will have its world premiere on Thursday, read a statement.

The fest, underway in Montreal, Canada, will go on till 11 March.

Halkaa is about aspiration and dreams of an eight-year-old boy living in a slum in Delhi. It stars child actor Tathastu as Pichku, and Ranvir Shorey and Paoli Dam as Pichku's parents. "It's a new treat in children cinema space in India. I have tried to express words like fantasy, dreams, aspiration in a child's term. Yet it's a complicated adult's world and how he imagined a life in that space," said Panda, known for Kadvi Hawa and I Am Kalam. 

Halkaa is Panda's second film with children to be selected at FIFEM, after I Am Kalam. He won the Prix Du Public for the film in 2010. "It's a nostalgia to have the world premiere at FIFEM Montreal. Such a great feeling to have Halkaa to be part of the competition," he said.

The film is a musical treat with sounds by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. It is produced by Shiva Nadar Foundation in association with Akshay Kumar Parija and Nila Madhab Panda.

Published Date: Mar 07, 2018 19:34 PM | Updated Date: Mar 07, 2018 19:34 PM