Monday, February 16, 2015

Nagesh Kukunoor’s DHANAK shines at Berlin International Film Festival

National Award winning Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor, who came to fame with IQBAL, has added another feather in his cap by winning laurels at the eminent Berlin International Film Festival. 

According to reports Nagesh Kukunoor’s sensitive Hindi film DHANAK portraying the heart rendering and poignant tale of eight-year-old blind boy and his sister promising him to retrieve his eye sight on his birthday has stunned not just the audience but the jury at the festival. The movie bagged two awards - The Grand Prix for the Best Feature-length film and the Special Mention for the Best Feature Film by The Children’s Jury for Generation Kplus, at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Elated at the astounding success Nagesh Kukunoor said, “DHANAK’s journey has been as magical as the film’s story. To have this Berlinale honour be the culmination of a fantastic trip is what dreams are made of. Or maybe this is just the start of DHANAK’s next journey.” 

What is most commendable feat for DHANAK is that it was the only Indian feature film to be selected in the festival that competed in the Generation K plus category against films selected from across the world.

The film, co-produced by Manish Mundra, Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola, had its world premiere at the Berlinale, held from Feb 5 to 15. 

Co-producer Manish Mundra informed media that he was floored at the movie’s mind blowing reception. He said, “What was thrilling is that premiere screening was a packed house with all the 1,200 seats was sold out.”

“All the screenings of the film saw a fully packed house and cheering audience. At every screening, almost everyone stayed back for the Q&A and then mobbed the director outside the theatre,” he quipped. 

It may be noted that Nagesh Kukunoor has the reputation of winning multiple international awards including the prestigious Palm Springs International Film Festival for his film LAKSHMI.

Shane Warne to woo Pallavi Sharda in Bollywood?

Guess what’s common between Kapil Dev, Wasim Akram, Mutthiah Muralidharan, Brett Lee, Graham Gooch, Herschelle Gibbs? Well, one would say they are all world renowned cricketers. Think again? Besides being famous cricketers, all these cricketers have acted in Bollywood

After these legendary cricketers, yet another cricket legend is ready to join Bollywood. He is none other but former Australian ace spinner Shane Warne. Confirming the news Shane Warne told media that something is in store but he is yet to give his nod for the movie. He told media, “I’ve been getting offers. This time a filmmaker has something interesting, let’s see.”

It may be remembered in 2011 when Shane Warne was in India for the IPL matches he had been offered Bollywood offers but he declined. 

Reports have it that Shane Warne, this time has been intoxicated by the glamour of Bollywood ever since he fell in love with Pallavi Sharda, the heroine of Bollywood flick HAWAIZAADA.

Readers may be aware that recently Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, kicked off Moomba Festival, Australia's largest free community festival by crowning Bollywood star Pallavi Sharda as ‘Queen of Moomba’ and cricket legend Shane Warne as ‘King of Moomba’. As a result the two came closer and according to Pallavi, Shane Warne has learned even Panjabi folk dance ‘Bhangra’ steps. 

It may be noted that Pallavi Sharda started her Bollywood career by playing a cameo in Karan Johar's MY NAME IS KHAN (2010). In March 2010 Sharda was crowned ‘Miss India Australia’ in Sydney.

As for Shane Warne he loves India. He said, “I love India’s culture, the craziness of everyday life and the passion of its people.”

One wonder will Shane Warne and Pallavi Sharda chemistry blaze screen? Will Shane Warne bowl-over his Bollywood fans with his acting skills rather than bowling skills?