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Summer Bonanza of children’s films in Mumbai


Children in Mumbai have got a special vacation treat from the Children's Film Society of India - a month-long festival of films.

The festival, apltly titled "Summer Bonanza", has been organised by the Children's Film Society of India (CFSI) in association with the Films Division.

The 22 films will be screened from May 3 to 31 at the Films Division Auditorium on Pedder Road, and entry to the shows is absolutely free! The festival has been timed to coincide with the children's school vacations.

CFSI Chairperson and well-known actress Nandita Das told mediapersons today that the package included a range of children's genres from adventure to fantasy to wildlife. Many of the films had won prestigious national and international awards.

"We have a big treasure of films that are not only a lot of fun but also broaden children’s perspective about the world they live in. But till we don’t have children watching them, our work is incomplete," Ms Das said.

"We have already got a tremendous response to the Bonanza and we are looking forward to a fun-filled month where children and their parents will surely take home some treasured moments," she said.


Stills from the films Halo, Chutkan and Sunday1

Besides recent films like the latest animation series "Krish Trish and Baltiboy", the festival will also feature classics such as Shyam Benegal’s "Charandas Chor", Santosh Sivan’s "Halo" and "Malli" and Pankaj Advani’s "Sunday".

Wherever possible, the CFSI has also organised an interaction with the director and cast after every screening.

""We are doing this kind of screenings for the first time and we hope to get other partners, like the Films Division, to support us in holding film bonanzas for children throughout the country from time to time," Ms Das said.

She said the festival was part of CFSI's efforts to promote children's films amongst young urban audiences.

"The children today are more exposed to mainstream films meant primarily for grown-ups, and on TV they watch reality shows and series, both Indian and foreign, which are often violent and not conducive for children. There is little we can do to stop that, but we surely can provide an alternative by showing them value-based entertaining films," she said.

Chairperson of Children Film Society of India, Nandita Das addressing the media regarding “SUMMER BONANZA” of children’s film by CFSI and Film Division , in Mumbai on May 03, 2010. Chief Producer, Films Division, Kuldeep Sinha is also seen.
Chairperson of Children Film Society of India, Nandita Das addressing the media regarding “SUMMER BONANZA” of children’s film by CFSI and Film Division , in Mumbai on May 03, 2010. Chief Producer, Films Division, Kuldeep Sinha is also seen.

Mr Kuldeep Sinha, Director General of Films Division, said his generation had many more opportunities to watch children's films in cinema halls and auditoria.

"We hope to revive the culture of going to the theatre to watch children’s films and Summer Bonanza is a small step in this direction," he said.

He said that while the CFSI had a strong presence in small towns and villages across the country, where children’s films are screened regularly in collaboration with district collectors, urban centres had been neglected.

"We are thrilled therefore to announce the summer screenings in Mumbai and hope to replicate this in other cities," he said.

Summer Bonanza will also be held in Pune, Indore and Jaipur through the month of May, a CFSI press release added.

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