Nagesh Kukunoor's Dhanak selected for Berlin Film Festival

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 05, 2015 15:42 IST

Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor shared his happiness with his Twitter fans after it was revealed that his next directorial venture Dhanak has been selected for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. 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.

The filmmaker, who is known for his films like Iqbal, Dor and Hyderabad Blues, is ecstatic. "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," Kukunoor said in a statement.

Like his National-award winning film Iqbal, Dhanak also portrays 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.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has reportedly done a cameo and when asked about the same, Kukunoor said, "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."

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival is set to begin on February 5.

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