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Book Launch of Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak; First Time Novelization of a Children’s Film

Video: Book launch of Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak

In the august presence of Bollywood director Nagesh Kukunoor, Hetal Gada, Krrish Chhabria, Rajiv Laxman, the book launch of Dhanak took place at Story. This is the first time a children’s film has been novelized. The novelization has been done by Anushka Ravishankar.


The story of Dhanak revolves around Chotu and his sister Pari. Chotu is blind and Pari helps her brother in everything. She promises him that he will get his eyesight back before he turns nine. But how will the young girl keep her promise? She sees a poster with her favorite star Shahrukh Khan saying “Donate your eyes”. She writes to him asking for help. She also comes to know that the actor is in Rajasthan shooting for the film. She sets out on a road trip to meet the star and get back her brother’s eyesight.


When asked why he opted for the novelization of his film, Nagesh Kukunoor said “Well this has not been done before and I just wanted to brag about it. Jokes apart, this will be a good experience of actually knowing what the two kids were thinking. This way we can delve in their psyche. That will indeed be interesting” said the director.


Written by Nagesh Kukunoor, the film has been shot in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015.

Hetal Gada who plays Pari in the film said “I am honored that my debut film in a lead role is directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. Though I have worked in serials, working in a feature film is a completely different experience altogether”.

Dhanak is slated for release on 17th June.

Priyanka Dutta

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Satyajit Ray classic NAYAK to be screened in Retrospective section of the Berlin International Film Festival

Satyajit Ray classic NAYAK Berlinale Classics was launched a year ago as part of the Retrospective section of the Berlin International Film Festival. It presents elaborately restored cinema classics and rediscovered films in brilliant picture and sound quality at premieres with prominent guests.

Satyajit Ray Classic NAYAK starring Uttam Kumar and Sharmila Tagore is among the six films that will be showcased in the programme this year. In 1966, at the Berlinale world premiere of the film, Satyajit Ray was awarded a “Special Mention for NAYAK and his complete works.”

It will join an illustrious list of films such as Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung’s digitally restored version of Robert Wiene’s masterpiece DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI (THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI) and Nicholas Ray’s REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (USA 1955).  This new 4K DCP version of the James Dean starrer will have an international premiere. It is produced from the original CinemaScope negative and scanned in 8K resolution and restored by Warner Bros. in collaboration with The Film Foundation, whose founder Martin Scorsese will personally present the film.

Here is the complete list: –

By Yasujiro Ozu, Japan 1960
International premiere in 2K DCP

By Derek Jarman, United Kingdom 1986
World premiere in 2K (remastered)

By Robert Wiene, Germany 1920
Presented by Rainer Rother and Ernst Szebedits
World premiere of the restored version in 4K DCP

By Helma Sanders-Brahms, Federal Republic of Germany 1980
Presented by Helma Sanders-Brahms, Sanford (Sandy) Lieberson
World premiere of the restored version in 2K DCP

By Satyajit Ray, India 1966
International premiere in 2K DCP

By Nicholas Ray, USA 1955
Presented by Martin Scorsese
International premiere in 4K DCP

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