I will make more chil­dren films: Nagesh af­ter Dhanak’s vic­tory

Nagesh Kukunoor is glad he broke his vow of never mak­ing a chil­dren’s film, af­ter Dhanak won the Na­tional Award

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Film­maker Nagesh Kukunoor’s (left) film, Dhanak, won the Best Chil­dren’s Film award at the 64th Na­tional Film Awards, which were an­nounced on Fri­day. Nagesh had promised that af­ter Rock­ford (1999), he won’t make a chil­dren’s film again. How­ever, af­ter Dhanak bagged the pres­ti­gious award, the film­maker now thinks oth­er­wise. “Thank God, I broke the vow with Dhanak. Now I am think­ing of mak­ing more films for chil­dren in the fu­ture.”

He adds, “It’s al­ways great when you get recog­ni­tion for your work. For me, work­ing in Dhanak has been an en­joy­able jour­ney. The award has not only sweet­ened the whole deal but also given the crown­ing touch to the whole jour­ney.”

The film­maker says he wanted to put forth the idea that the world is not such a bad place, and the best way to do this was from the view­point of chil­dren. “I am re­ally proud of the way Kr­rish Ch­habria and He­tal Gada [the child ac­tors in the film] helped me in con­vey­ing the thought and in mak­ing the film the way I wanted to,” says Nagesh.

“Kr­rish and He­tal are amaz­ing kids. They are very tal­ented ac­tors. I had a won­der­ful time work­ing with them in the film. And I won’t say the same about other kids I have worked with,” adds Nagesh who has also di­rected both the child ac­tors in a cine­play, Dak Ghar, based on Rabindranath Tagore’s drama by the same name, ear­lier.

The award has not only sweet­ened the whole deal but also given the crown­ing touch to the whole jour­ney NAGESH KUKUNOOR, FILM­MAKER

PHOTO: PRAMOD THAKUR /HT

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