~Halkaa is Panda’s second film with kids to be selected at FIFEM after his much acclaimed I am Kalam which won the audience award – Prix Du Public in 2010~
~The film will compete with 6 international children’s films in the official section of the festival held in Montreal, Canada from March 3-11, 2018~
~HALKAA is a musical treat by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, produced by Shiva Nadar Foundation in association with Akshay Kumar Parija and Nila Madhab Panda~
Mumbai, 7th March 2018: Padmashree Awardee filmmaker of Kadvi Hawa and I am Kalam, Nila Madhab Panda’s next, ‘HALKAA’ to have its World Premiere at the 21st Festival International du Film Pour Enfants de Montréal Film festival (FIFEM). The film festival is held in Montreal, Canada from March 3-11, 2018.
Halkaa is Panda’s second film with kids to be selected at FIFEM, after his much acclaimed I am Kalam, which won the audience award (Prix Du Public) in 2010
The film will compete with 6 international children’s films in the official section and will have its world premiere screening on 8th March.
Halkaa (Relief) is a unique take on children’s film, about aspiration and dreams of an 8-year-old boy living in slums and stars child actor Tathastu (Pichku), Ranvir Shorey and Paoli Dam, who make the perfect unmatched parents of Pichku.
Halkaa is a story of an eight-year-old, Pichku who lives in the oldest slums of Delhi and his aspiration for a better life
The film is a musical treat by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, produced by Akshay Kumar Parija and Nila Madhab Panda,and supported by Shiva Nadar Foundation
The Festival will be held in Montreal, Canada from March 3rd – March 11th, 2018
Sharing his joy, Nila Madhab Panda says, “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 as a 9-year-old can imagine. Yet it’s a complicated adult’s world and how he imagined a life in that space, and It’s a nostalgia to have the world premiere at FIFEM Montreal. As I Had a premiere and got award also. Such a great feeling to have Halka to be part of the competition.”
Nila Madhab Panda received one of the highest civilian honor of India “Padmashree” in 2016, by the president of India for his exceptional work as an activist-Filmmaker. Panda has produced and directed over 70 diverse and cutting-edge Films, documentaries and shorts.
He has directed award-winning fiction features including I Am Kalam, Kadvi Hawa, Jalpari, Babloo Happy Hai, Kaun Kitne Pani Mein and Halkaa