Gattu, the film produced by Children’s Film Society, India and directed by Rajan Khosa has yet again proved its potential on international film arena.
The children’s film was invited to the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. On Sunday, the film won the “Audience Award” and “Honorable Mention Award” in LA. “It is a very proud moment for me and everyone who is associated with Gattu. Gattu, played by Samad Mohammad, whose trust and love I received, was a natural kite flyer. In almost every small town in India, you see street kids, selling trinkets, playing pranks and begging. You ignore them, or you dole out a coin or two, but you and I know, they are far too smart to be wasted like this. So for GATTU, we deliberately chose a small town, representative of majority of India. Today the film belongs to the community of Sati Mohallah in Roorkee where we shot, every object and actor in the film is local, except for a very few theatre actors. We scanned the streets and schools for kid actors, inviting them to join our film workshop. The film GATTU, we told them, will communicate the need to educate street children. These awards are only a tiny step towards the massive task of empowering stree tchildren in India,” says an excited Khosa from LA. The film was screened at Arclight Hollywood, which is the biggest movie screen in LA.