Nagesh Kukunoor’s ‘Dhanak’ bags award at Berlin fest

Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor’s highly acclaimed movie ‘Dhanak’ won the The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature-length film at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. The film was also screened at the prestigious film fest, where it had its world premiere.

"We win the Grand Prix for Best Feature film in Generation Kplus at @berlinale!," the film's official twitter page read.
Kukunoor added, "We also took special mention with the children's jury. @Dhanakthefilm."
'Dhanak' is the story based upon sacred relationship between a 10-year old girl Pari and her 8-year old brother Chotu who live in a picturesque village. The film stars Hetal Gada and Krrish Chhabria.

“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,” Kukunoor said. The film has been co-produced by Manish Mundra, Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola.

“The film received an overwhelming response at Berlinale. All the screenings of the film saw a fully packed house and cheering audience. The premiere screening, which was held at massive theatre of 1,200 seats was sold out. At every screening, almost everyone stayed back for the Q&A and then mobbed the director outside the theatre,” said Mundra.

Nagesh is enthralled that ‘Dhanak’ won award at the film fest and received a special metion.

Jury’s take International Jury

“This dynamically-directed film delivers joy and heartbreak in equal measure - the young brother and sister at its heart and the unbreakable love between them are irresistible. As we journey across the country with these two young people, we become deeply invested in their quirky “against all odds” quest. We were constantly surprised by the twists and turns in their journey, and the unusual, eccentric characters that awaits them at each and every juncture! Filled with color, magic, music, spontaneity and a plenty of emotion, this film lives up to its name and delivers a celebration of life to savor long after the end credits roll!”

Children’s Jury

“This year, we chose a colorful, touching and humorous film. The story and the performances of the young protagonists impressed us deeply.”