Language:Hindi (with subtitles)
Running Time:105 mins
Screenwriter(s):Santosh Sivan, Ritesh Menon, Paul Hardart
Cast:Purav Bhandare, Anupam Kher, Sarika, Rahul Bose, Victor Banerjee, Rahul Khanna
Pusan International Film Festival, Times BFI London Film Festival, Best Feature Film(Winner), UNICEF Award and CIEF Jury Award at Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, Rome International Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, Cinekid International Film Festival, Frioburg International Film Festival, New York International Children's Film Festival, Titanic International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Movies That Matter 2009(Official Selection), Palm Springs International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival
Screening Time & Venue:
7:00pm, January 23, 2010. Channelside Cinemas.
Eight-year-old Tahaan will do anything to get his best friend Birbal back.
When Tahaan's grandfather dies, much of the family's assets are seized, including their pet donkey Birbal. Tahaan embarks on a treacherous journey to regain his beloved friend, one that takes him over the same mountains where his father disappeared three years earlier. Tahaan's courage is tested as he interacts with eccentric local personalities and is naively pulled into a terrorist plot to sneak a grenade across a military checkpoint.
Against the backdrop of the soulful Kashmir Valley, director Santosh Sivan (The Terrorist) explores the topic of terrorism with an open mind. Sivan focuses on Tahaan's unfaltering love for his pet donkey and portrays the bravery and innate goodness of a young, innocent boy.
Through Tahaan, Sivan captures loyalty and strength, demonstrating that even when in the company of terrorists, the goodness of a young boy can endure.