Nila Madhab Panda’s ‘Halkaa’ bags Grand Prix Award at Kinolub Fest

Bhubaneswar: National Award-winning Odia filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda’s upcoming movie ‘Halkaa’ has won another Grand Prix Award in the Best Feature Film category at Kinolub International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Poland.

Speaking to odishatv.in, Panda said, “This is a huge boost and recognition for the film and I am feeling proud. As not many children films are being made in India, it’s really great to make movies on such subjects and win awards as well.”

The director also said that ‘Halkaa’ can be considered as a sequel to his much-acclaimed film ‘I am Kalam’ which is based on a kid’s journey of becoming a hero.

I am sure the audience will love this one like they had appreciated my previous movies. This is a family entertainer with amazing music from Shankar Ehsaan Loy.

— Nila Madhab Panda, Filmmaker

‘Halkaa’ is a story of an eight-year-old boy Pichku who lives in the oldest slums of Delhi and aspires for a better life.

It is a story of a child who achieves his goal by fighting against all odds and becomes a hero in the making for his parents, slum and society.

Child actor Tathastu has played the character of Pichku in the movie while actors Ranvir Shorey and Paoli Dam are playing his parents.

The movie is the maiden production of Shiva Nadar Foundation in association with Odia filmmakers-Akshay Kumar Parija and Nila Madhab Panda.

Supratik Roy is the associate producer of the film which is scheduled to hit theatres across India around August-September 2018.

‘Halkaa’ has bagged the top prize ‘Grand Prix de Montreal’ at 21st Festival International du Film Pour Enfants de Montréal (FIFEM) where the movie had its world premiere at this prestigious film festival earlier this year.