Halkaa (Relief)

Director: Nila Madhab Panda
Starring: Tathastu, Ranvir Shorey, Paoli Dam
Run time: 114 mins | Recommended Certificate: U
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Year: 2018 | Country: India

This lovely family film that addresses social issues in a light-hearted manner follows Pichku, a boy growing up in one of Delhi’s oldest slums, who fights against having to defecate in the open. After failing to convince his family and others to build a toilet, Pichku and his friend Gopi make it their mission to try and get one built. This is the ultimate feel good film that is both charming and heart warming. Winner of the Grand Prix at the Montreal Film Festival, the film also boasts of a terrific soundtrack by virtuoso Bollywood composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.


Nila Madhab Panda

Nila Madhab Panda is film maker has received one of the highest civilian honor of India “Padmashree” in 2016, by the president of India. He conferred with D.litt. Honoris Causa) by Utkal Culture University, Odisha 2018. The story teller’s films have unique insights drawn from his own life, the metaphorical distance that he has traversed from a small obscure village based in one of the remotest parts of India, to metropolitan cities across the globe. His expression through cinema comes from the naturally stone crafted river “Mahanadi” where he spent his childhood.

Film Screenings

Birmingham | MAC
June 30, 2018 6:00 pm

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