'Gattu' awarded at Indian film fest at LA
'Gattu', directed by Rajan Khosa, have won the Audience Award and Honorable Mention Award at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
The film, which was produced by the Children's Film Society of India (CFSI), followed the story of an orphan who wants to escape working in his uncle's garbage recycling business in order to attend school.
"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. These awards are only a tiny step towards the massive task of empowering street children in India," said Khosa.
The film was screened at Arclight Hollywood, which is the biggest movie screen in LA. It was previously honoured with a special mention at the prestigious 62nd Berlin film festival. PTI