Khilauna - Internationally acclaimed short film to be released
Rajat Agrawal - a 23 year young film maker whose internationally acclaimed short film “ Khilauna” gets released online on 14th November 2017, Tuesday to celebrate “Children’s Day”.
Khilauna was also the only film from India amongst 6 films worldwide that was selected for screening in the “Young Filmmaker Showcase category ( 18 – 25 years)” at the “ Urban World Film Festival “ - (An Oscar qualifying film festival ) for the “Best Short Film” category for the 90th Oscar awards scheduled on March 4th, 2018.
About the Film : Khilauna
Khilauna (Toy) are our first playmates after we are born & they often play a significant role in formulating a happy & en engaging childhood for us. They play such a crucial role in shaping us up in our phase of growing up as a toddler to a slightly grown up one. In this film these toys allow Raju ( the protagonist ) to build an imaginary world, which is far away from his childhood ridden with poverty, The Toys here becomes the core essence of his life and makes him build an imaginary world away from his daily misery. However, the film shows that how these very toys though brings solace to Raju, it also creates a cause of a series of contradicting emotions between him and his poor mother, Sarita. The story revolves around the relationship of the mother and son with each other and their individual relationship with these toys.
The film also shows the perception the rich and the poor children have towards their toys. It also displays on how for one if it’s a sheer abode of happiness & engagement, joy and a better tomorrow, whereas for another it’s just a boring alternative or a commodity to kill time and dispose away the same old toys that he plays with a new toy, which his parents bring him daily. It’s this interesting contrast the toys have on the impressionable mind of children from both strata of the society that makes this film an interesting watch.
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