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Haathi Ka Anda

The love of books creates a bond between an elderly bookseller-cum-restorer Baba and a nine-year-old boy, Kinto.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2003 16:33 IST
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Director: Arun Khopkar
Cast: Shri Vallabh Vyas, Renuka Rana
Hindi/75 minutes/35mm/Colour

The magic and love of books creates a bond between an elderly bookseller-cum-restorer Baba and a nine-year-old boy, Kinto. One day, he tells Kinto about his grandfather’s library and his favourite book, Alif Laila- Arabian Nights.

He recalls its sparkling cover picture and the beautiful illustrations inside. The best thing about it, he tells Kinto, is that the story never ended.

Kinto is fascinated with the idea of a story that never ends. On a visit to his uncle’s house in the village, Kinto discovers a tattered copy of Alif Laila, which matches Baba’s description.

Kinto can now only think of getting the book back to Baba. The phrase Haathi Ka Anda is a joke between Baba and Kinto when Baba made up a story for Kinto about an elephant that tried to lay an egg and failed.

CREDITS
Producer: Children’s Film Society, India
Story & Screenplay: Shanta Gokhale
Cinematography: Mrinal Desai
Editor: Arunabho Mukherjee
Music: Taufiq Qureshi