AABA’s power-packed per­for­mance at Ber­lin Film Fes­ti­val 2017

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - Lifestyle -

AABA, the only In­dian film in com­pe­ti­tion this year at the Ber­lin Film Fes­ti­val, pre­miered to a packed house and re­ceived an over­whelm­ing re­sponse on Fe­bru­ary 11.

The short film that is com­pet­ing in gen­er­a­tion K plus cat­e­gory at the 67th Ber­li­nale, is the first pro­duc­tion of ac­claimed writer-di­rec­tor Raj Ku­mar Gupta's (Aamir, No One Killed Jes­sica fame) pro­duc­tion house Raapchik Films, which he pro­duced with his friend Mi­tul Dik­shit. The film is writ­ten and di­rected by Amar Kaushik.

Set in the high­lands of In­dia, the short film re­volves around a young girl liv­ing with her grand­par­ents. Af­ter her grand­fa­ther is di­ag­nosed with lung cancer, she watches as he calmly digs his own grave, fur­nish­ing it for his com­fort in the here­after with a hand­ful of his worldly pos­ses­sions.

His light-hearted ap­proach to dy­ing is a gen­tle, la­conic ac­knowl­edge­ment of the nat­u­ral cy­cle of life and death. But things don’t al­ways go as planned in the land of liv­ing, and the story shows that un­ex­pected jour­ney.

WHAT IS THE FES­TI­VAL ABOUT?

The Ber­lin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val is a source of in­spi­ra­tion in the global film com­mu­nity: film pro­grammes, work­shops, panel dis­cus­sions, joint projects with other so­cial and cul­tural ac­tors are some of the forms of co­op­er­a­tion. And the pos­si­bil­i­ties for cre­ative in­ter­ac­tion are count­less.

It has more than 20,000 pro­fes­sional vis­i­tors from 122 coun­tries, in­clud­ing more than 3,800 jour­nal­ists; art, glam­our, par­ties and busi­ness are all in­sep­a­ra­bly linked to the fes­ti­val.

THE SHORT FILM IS COM­PET­ING IN GEN­ER­A­TION K PLUS CAT­E­GORY AT 67TH BER­LI­NALE, IS THE FIRST PRO­DUC­TION OF RAAPCHIK FILMS.

Pro­duc­ers Mi­tul Dik­shit and Raj Ku­mar Gupta with di­rec­tor Amar Kaushik.

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