When little Gattu took on Kali,a powerful kite that dominates the skies in a corner of Roorkee,Uttarakhand,little did he know that he would find support from film-goers in Berlin. Earlier this week,Gattu,a film by Mumbai-based Rajan Khosa and produced by Childrens Film Society of India,won a Special Mention at the Berlin International Film Festival. We felt the potential for lifes wonders could be seen in every childs eye; and in particular,the boundless ingenuity of the young rascal was utterly compelling. We award this film for capturing the ironies,the complexities and the vitality of India, reads the citation by the jury.
Khosa is still celebrating. What I did was to show Indias vitality,how street kids may not be educated,but that does not mean that they are not intelligent. The film also shows the harshness of reality without any judgment, he says,adding,The special mention will help the film reach a wider audience internationally. The film will be released in India in April or May.