New Delhi: “Halkaa” director Nila Madhab Panda says the film deals with the issues of open defecation, and is his “small contribution” towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission.
“Halkaa” is a take on a slum child’s heroism, aspirations and dreams. The child protagonist, Pichku, fights for the basic problem that he faces everyday; defecating in the open, amongst others. It is his dream to make a toilet of his own where he can enjoy his privacy and do the deed in peace.
Panda was in Delhi yesterday to launch the trailer of the film in presence of Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, music composer Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy and the team of the film.
It features Ranvir Shorey, Paoli Dam and child actor Tathastu. The film is in sync with Swachh Bharat Mission and supported by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Earlier this year, the film bagged the Grand Prix for Best Film at the Kinolub Festival for Children and Youth in Poland. It also won the Grand Prix De Montreal at the 21st Montreal International Children’s Film Festival where it had its world premiere in March.
The film is presented by Shiv Nadar Foundation and produced by Roshni Nadar Malhotra in association with Akshay Parija and Nila Madhab Panda.
The film will release on September 7.