7 November 2020
Original Title Dhanak
India , Hindi, 2015, 106 Minutes
Director – Nagesh Kukunoor
Age Recommendation – 8 and above
Film Genre – Feature film
Every morning Pari and Chotu's long walk to school begins with the toss of a coin outside their hut. The winner will decide if the story that will be told on the way to school that day will be one about a Shah Rukh Khan film or a Salman Khan film. Pari is devoted to Shah Rukh and Chotu worships Salman Khan. Ten-year-old Pari holds her eight-year-old brother's hand throughout the journey to school and back as he is visually impaired. With just months to go before Chotu turns nine, Pari feels the pressure to fulfill her promise to her brother - that he will have his eyesight back before his ninth birthday.
When she spots a poster of Shah Rukh Khan encouraging eye donations, she decides to meet him somehow, convinced that he can help get Chotu’s eyes back. Learning that he is shooting in a village in Rajasthan, the children set off alone on a 300 km journey traversing testing terrain to find him.
The film premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Crystal Bear Grand Prix for Best Children's Film, and Special Mention for the Best Feature Film by The Children's Jury for Generation Kplus.
The film has also garnered the Best Film Award in the main category-Children's Feature Film Competition-Cinema in Sneakers (film festival), and the Best Film Award - at the Montreal International Children's Film Festival (FIFEM).Dhanak was also screened at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, and the Toronto International Film Festival. The film has garnered Best Children's Film at the 64th National Film Awards.