Film : KAPHAL Di­rec­tor: BATUL MUKHTIAR Pro­duced by : Chil­dren’s Film So­ci­ety of In­dia(CFSI)

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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.

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