Film : KAPHAL Director: BATUL MUKHTIAR Produced by : Children’s Film Society of India(CFSI)
KAPHAL- WILD BERRIES, a much acclaimed children’s film, got the Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus ) for Best Children's Film at the 61st National Awards-2013. ‘Kaphal’ means ‘wild berries’. It is a sweet-hearted story of two brothers, Makar (Harish Rana) and Kamru (Pawan Negi), whose prank-filled routine is interrupted by the return of their father Kailash (Subrat Dutta) from the city. For a long period, their father lived in the city to earn a living. The boys hadn't seen their father for five long years. But when he came back home after 5 years, it gave less pleasure- more of a pain for the children. He didn’t bring them any gifts but scolds them regularly aiming to discipline them. . Makar's friends, Bupi and Pusu convince him that his father may be an imposter. They plan to get rid of their father, through a magic potion from a witch in the forest, Pagli Dadi. But instead they meet Pagli Dadi's granddaughter, Ghungra who takes them for a merry ride. Their adventures take a new turn in the story. The film which has shot at Swari village, about 200 kms from Rudraprayag, Uttarkhand, features kids who have never been to cinema. Though, the film is aimed at children, but it works equally for their parents. The naturalistic performances by the children are memorable. The film unfolds the complexity of the relationship between sons and fathers. In addition to that, there is a strong pro-environment message, and a plea for tolerance in the film.