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(Shweta Basu Prasad is a national award winning actress, famed for Makdee, Iqbal and television show Chandra Nandini. Traders from all over flock to the city of Ahmedabad during this festival on the fixed date of 14th January every year, to make and sell different kinds of colorful kites for the kite flyers. Shweta is a graduate in mass media and journalism.)
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd The film won Best Foreign Documentary at 2016 River Film Festival in Italy and 2016 All Sports Film Festival, LA, US. And this sets the tone for the rest of the film. Aloknanda Dasgupta’s upbeat music also adds to the tempo of the film. Logline: Follow an 11-year-old boy as he goes from an ordinary boy to a colorful competitor in his quest for a big win at India’s biggest kite flying competition. And an interesting protagonist just adds to the delightful experience. This week my recommendation is 30-minute documentary film by Hardik Mehta AMDAVAD MA FAMOUS (famous in Ahmedabad) available on Netflix. Amdavad Ma Famous traces few days (shot in a span of two years during the festival) in the life of its protagonist Zaid, who along with his boy gang is seen collecting falling kites, buying spools, getting their threads polished with glass in the enchanting city of Ahmedabad during the kite flying festival in January every year. Amdavad Ma Famous was an official selection and in competition at 2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2016 MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival, 2016 Indian Panorama at International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa. 2017-07-28T10:22:20+00:00″>
Published:July 28, 2017 10:22 am
Shweta Basu Prasad’s digital playlist: Amdavad Ma Famous film removes walls between age, community or class and shows the festival being celebrated by one and all with equal joy and energy, that rubs onto the viewer by the end of the film. Well shot and well-edited documentaries are my favorite. The fun of getting your own spool, choosing a kite, competing on roof tops with other fighter kites and claiming them when they fall can make you smile. While some fly out of passion for others it’s a tough fight! The film rates 8.2 on the IMDB. “How many kites can you fly in a day?” asks the maker, “As many as possible” replies Zaid Khedawala. The film starts with 11-year-old Zaid chasing falling kites from the sky, dodging the gridded traffic and jumping terraces. Thousands of colorful kites decorate the sky and several rooftops crowded with friends and relatives fly them with unending enthusiasm. Soaring kites and spirits make this festival a passionate sport. The passion of kite flying that the community shares across age groups and celebrates free will of flying high. Shot beautifully by Piyush Putty, the visuals are one of the takeaways from the movie. Kite flying is more than just an activity there. Director Hardik Mehta (also the editor) manages to capture the festival very well, maintaining a fine balance between Zaid’s daily activities and the kite flying festival, yet never shifting focus from kites. This charming film removes walls between age, community or class and shows the festival being celebrated by one and all with equal joy and energy, that rubs onto the viewer by the end of the film. Related News
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