Nagesh Kukunoor’s next Dhanak, selected for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival

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NewZNew (Mumbai – Kulbir Singh Kalsi) : Nagesh Kukunoor’s next Dhanak (Rainbow) has been selected for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival which starts on February 5. The film will compete in the Generation KPlus category, a segment judged by an 11-member jury of kids aged between 11 and 14 years.

DHANAK-PRESS-IMAGEThe Filmmaker, who is known for his films like Iqbal, Dor and Hyderabad Blues, is ecstatic. When asked Nagesh Kukunoor, he says, “I had promised myself that I would never attend the Berlinale till one of my films make it to the festival. I cannot believe this has actually happened!”

Like his National award winning film, Iqbal; Dhanak also potrays a central character with a disability, but in a dramatically diverse setting. The film is about an eight-year-old blind boy whose 11-year-old sister promises him that he will get his vision back before he turns 10. The film follows the duo on a life-changing journey through the sand dunes of Rajasthan.

Nagesh says, Dhanak celebrates life, unlike his last film, Lakshmi, which was about a teenage prostitute, he adds, “One day, while working on another film, the story of a blind boy and a little girl flashed through my mind. And I instantly knew I had to make this film. As cliched as it sounds, this story came from within me.”

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According to the sources, in the film Shah Rukh Khan has done a cameo. On which the filmmaker mysteriously says, “SRK’s stardom is vital to the story and marks a conclusive end to the children’s journey, Beyond that, I can’t say much.”

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