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Chidiakhana

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Chidiakhana
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Directed byManish Tiwary
Produced byChildren's Film Society
Written byManish Tiwary Sonal Sher Padmaja Thakore
Screenplay byManish Tiwary Sonal Sher Padmaja Thakore
Story byManish Tiwary
CinematographySriram Ganapathy
Edited byIrene Dhar Malik Manish Tiwary
Running time
115 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

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Chidiakhana (transl. The Zoo) is an Indian, Hindi-language film directed by Manish Tiwary and produced by Children's Films Society, India. Chidiakhana is coming-of-age story of a Bihari boy, Sooraj with talent for football who arrives with his mother in a Mumbai chawl. He faces extreme odds from school gangs who would not let him be at peace or play his game. Hounded and cornered, Sooraj fights for his spot under the sun, for his place in the Chidiakhana.

Things start to change for him when protection comes from unexpected quarters; a local strongman comes to his rescue and gives wings to his modest dreams.

The film has an ensemble of actors Ritwik Sahore plays Sooraj, Prashant Narayanan is the local goon who comes to Sooraj's rescue, while Rajeshwari Sachdev plays Sooraj's mother. Other actors include Govind Namdev, Aanjjan Shrivastava, Nagesh Bhosale, Avneek Kaur and Jayesh Kardak. Ravi Kishan makes a guest appearance

Plot[edit]

Fourteen-year Sooraj has a fantastical way of looking at the world. Everyone is an animal in his world, a Chidiakhana, where he is yet to find his place. He has started at his new school next to a Mumbai Chawl where he lives with his mother, Bibha. His first introduction itself rubs the class-bully Babu the wrong way – for he is a Bihari among a largely Marathi gang . He is taunted for being fatherless. All this makes it impossible for him to shine in the game of football, his ultimate dream. His mother Bibha is struggles with her dark past and a difficult present. Working as a caretaker with a rich family in a posh tower, she is harassed by the building manager. She is worried about her son's academics and fearful of the family's place as outsiders in the chawl community.

Overcome by his circumstance, Sooraj finds a helping hand in Pratap Bhai, a muscleman for a regional political party. While the unlikely duo bond, Bibha sees red and wants Pratap to leave them alone. But Pratap has already extended his protective and affectionate wing to this bright, little boy – teaching him football, dating tricks as well as lessons in life. Sooraj sees a potential father figure, someone he has been searching for. Bibha feels her son moving away from her. We discover Pratap's boss is involved in the sale of the school playground, the same ground where he had captained his team to victory many years ago. Pratap is suddenly on the other side of the fence from where Sooraj stands.

In a turn of events, the school team now needs to play a spectacular match to prove their worth and keep their ground. Bibha wants to protect Sooraj. Sooraj needs to prove his mettle. And Pratap has to choose sides.

As Sooraj fights for his dreams, Bibha learns to confront the demons of the past instead of running away from them. She realizes the importance of Sooraj's dream, for it is the dream that inspires reality. And with all this she discovers her affinity and affection for the mawali Pratap. In an exciting climax, Sooraj needs to prove his mettle on the football field against a far superior team, even as he fears that Pratap is dead. In his journey, the awkward, insecure boy forms unexpected friendships, resolves conflicts at school and finds his place under the sun.

Cast[edit]

  • Ritwik Sahore as Sooraj
  • Prashant Narayanan as Pratap
  • Rajeshwari Sachdev as Bibha, Sooraj's mother
  • Govind Namdev as Bhau
  • Anjan Srivastav as school principal
  • Avneet Kaur as Mili
  • Jayesh Kardak as Babu
  • Ravi Kishan as Bikram Pandey

Recognition[edit]

The film was part of official selection at Trenton Film Festival 2019, New Jersey, United States[1][not in citation given] and the 4th Indie Meme Film Festival, Austin 2019.[2][not in citation given]

References[edit]

  1. http://trentonfilmsociety.org
  2. "2019 Film Festival | Austin, TX | Indie Meme".

External links[edit]

Category:Indian films Category:2020s Hindi-language films Category:Upcoming films Category:Indian children's films



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