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KUKLI (2019)

Pukli is a village girl who belongs from an indigenous community of rural India. The lively little girl is known for her endless questions and curiosity towards anything unknown to her. But one fine day she suddenly stopped talking to everyone. No one had any ... read more

Completed On: 01 Jul, 2019

Duration: 24 min 52 sec

Genres: Fiction, Short

Country: India

Director: SHYAMA SUNDAR MAJHI

Submitted By: SHYAMA SUNDAR MAJHI

KUKLI Poster
Pukli is a village girl who belongs from an indigenous community of rural India. The lively little girl is known for her endless questions and curiosity towards anything unknown to her. But one fine day she suddenly stopped talking to everyone. No one had any clue about her silence. Her parents, villagers, and school teacher have tried a lot to find out her doubt. But they all remained speechless when they heard her foremost unanswered question.
  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
    JAYANTI MAJHI
  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
    MADAN MAJHI
  • ENGLISH SUBTITLE
    SHAKUNTALA MARNDI
  • ENGLISH SUBTITLE
    SUJATA HANSDA
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY, COLORIST, SOUND, MUSIC & EDIT
    RAJ MOHAN SOREN
  • Film Type
    Fiction, Short
  • Genres
    DRAMA,FICTION
  • Runtime
    24 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date
    01 Jul, 2019
  • Production Budget
    1500 USD
  • Country of Origin
    India
  • Country of Filming
    India
  • Film Language
    SANTALI
  • Shooting Format
    MP4
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    No

Short Film Factory 2019
Romania
Best Short Film

Cine-Parbon International Short Film Carnival 2020
India
Kolkata
Best Short Film

Saran International Film Festival 2019
India
Saran, Bihar
Best Short Film

White Unicorn International Film Festival 2020
India
Kolkata
Best Short Film

Tamasha Film Festival 2019
India
Patna
Best Short Film

Samuday Ke Saath National Short Film Competition 2019
India
Jamshedpur
Best Short Film

Jharkhand Santali Film Festival 2019
India
Jamshedpur
Best Short Film

BIOSCOPE Film Festival 2020
India
Kolkata
Best Short Film Runner up

Siliguri International Short Film Festival 2019
India
Siliguri
2nd Best Short Film

Indapur National Short Film Festival 2020
India
Indapur
3rd Best Short Film

Istanbul Film Awards 2020
Turkey
Istanbul
Best Director

Jharkhand Santali Film Festival 2019
India
Jamshedpur
Best Director

Kalaburagi International Film Festival 2020
India
Gulbarga
Best Child Artist

Cine-Parbon International Short Film Carnival 2020
India
Kolkata
Best Child Artist

BIOSCOPE Film Festival 2020
India
Kolkata
Best Child Artist

Jharkhand Santali Film Festival 2019
India
Jamshedpur
Best Story

BIOSCOPE Film Festival 2020
India
Kolkata
Best Story

BIOSCOPE Film Festival 2020
India
Kolkata
Best Sound

Chambal International Film Festival 2019
India
Kota
Best Inspirational Film

Vindhya International Film Festival 2019
India
Sidhi
Special Jury Award Tribal Short Film

Ayodhya Film Festival 2019
India
Ayodhya
Special Jury Mention Best Cinematography

Tagore International Film Festival 2020
India
Bolpur
Outstanding Achievement Award

Nexgn International Short Film Festival 2019
India
Pune
Award of Excellence for Best Short Film

Visualis Film Festival 2019
Russia
St. Petersburg
Official Selection

Glance International Short Film Festival 2019
India
Mumbai
Official Selection

Laurus Film Festival 2020
Belarus
Belarus
Official Selection

Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival 2019
Russia
Moscow
Official Selection

Nepal Cultural International Film Festival 2019
Canada
Toronto
Official Selection

The Lift-off Sessions 2019 Pinewood Studios
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Official Selection

First-time Filmmaker Sessions 2019 Pinewood Studios
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Official Selection

International Film Festival «FESTPRO» 2020
Russia
Moscow
Official Selection

Rome Independent Prisma Awards 2019
Italy
Rome
Official Selection

Benin City Film Festival 2019
Benin
Benin
Official Selection

John Abraham International Short Film Festival 2019
India
Kozhikode
Official Selection

Take It Easy Film Festival 2019
United States
New York
Official Selection

Under the Stars International Film Festival 2019
Italy
Bari
Official Selection

Short Cine Fest 2019
Online Festival
Official Selection

International Film and Video Festival «catharsis» 2019
Russia
Moscow
Official Selection

Jaipur International Film Festival 2019
India
Jaipur
Official Selection

Clubby Online Minimovie Festival 2019
India
Noida
Official Selection

International Film Festival of Ahmednagar 2019
India
Ahmednagar
Official Selection

7th Siliguri Short & Documentary Film Festival 2020
India
Siliguri
Official Selection

Independent Days International Film festival 2020
Germany
Karlsruhe
Official Selection

SENSUS Film Festival 2020
Russia
St. Petersburg
Official Selection

Drishtiraaga Short Film Festival 2020
India
Bhubaneswar
Official Selection

Chalachitram National Film Festival 2020
India
Guwahati
Official Selection

Cafe Irani Chaii International Film Festival 2020
India
Mumbai
Official Selection

Transparent Film Festival 2020
United States
New York
Official Selection

South Asian Short Film Festival 2020
India
Kolkata
Official Selection

Cosmo Film Festival 2020
India
Chennai
Official Selection

Director's Biography

Shyama Sundar Majhi is from India's Balasore District of State Odisha. He has studied BS in Power Engineering from BITS Pilani. He has directed BIN GIRA PERA, a Santali music video album in the year 2015 which included seven songs. In the year 2018, he has worked as a story writer, lyricist and director for a Santali feature film SABARNAKA SURUBALI. In the year 2019, he has worked as a writer and director in a short Santali film titled KUKLI. All the three projects are made under the banner of MM PRODUCTION.

Shyama Sundar Majhi is a well-known director in Santali Cine Industry for his uncompromising devotion to frame magnificent creative masterpieces. He has committed to working with the mission of progressive development of Santali Cine Industry.

Director's Statement

Director’s Statement about the Film:
“My childhood hobby has become an addiction.
The spark in addiction has resulted in passion.
Though my passion isn't related to my profession,
But my mission has silently enriched my vision”.

The prime aim and objective of MM Production is to produce good quality Videos and Contents that will directly or indirectly support the overall growth of the Santal Social System and promote their language, literature, culture, and tradition worldwide. Team MM Production consists of a group of like-minded people. We are working with minimum resources and limited manpower to fulfill our purpose.

I am Shyama Sundar Majhi, the Director of the Short Film KUKLI. This film is produced under the banner of MM Production in July 2019. I belong from an Indigenous Community: the Santal Community. The story of my film is picturized on an underprivileged little girl who descends from the indigenous Santal Community of rural India. I'm very well acquainted with the grass-root reality of my community. Through this film, I want to show the world about the Santali culture, tradition, social system, the pain, and suffering of my Santal Community.

Basically, I belong from a technical Profession and I possess an engineering background. Neither did I have studied in the film institution nor have attended any film making workshop in my life. In my Short Film "KUKLI", not a single trained artist has been cast. Almost everybody is from my village and most of them are my family members and relatives. That was a big challenge for me on how to get the work done effectively and efficiently. Working with a child artist who has never been professionally trained, is really a very tough task for the Director. In my Film, the main character is a little girl child who knew nothing about acting and of course film shooting. The hard work of my team has reflected on the success of our film "KUKLI". Till now my film has won 67 National and International Awards out of 83 Official Selected Film Festivals across 13 Countries. It is not a matter of awards, but it is sure that my film is successfully highlighting a strong social message on humanity, anti-war, pain, and suffering of the tribal lives even in present India.







The golden words about the film KUKLI by the great film personalities from around the world:

“While blurring the line between the fiction and the non-fiction, the film, through spatial-temporal-sonic cinematographic chhand creates a fragile, precarious equilibrium through a child’s innocence; her question about violence, war and destruction of nature awaits answer from the so-called modern, civilized world!”
Mr. Amrit Gangar (Indian film scholar, historian, critic, curator and writer from Mumbai - Jury of SARAN International Film Festival 2019, Bihar, India.)
“This film has a very rare representation of unique tribal life. We are not habituated to hear their language and it's a unique representation of the language. Of course, the language is just the choice of telling the story. The film has a very sensitive approach to the unspoken joy and sadness of the child. The film dealt with deliberate peace and calmness. One might think that the film is taking the patience of the audience, but it's a deliberate attempt. The actors are non trained actors but still able to create a real experience on screen. We would love to see more films from the Tribal World. And who will make them? It's they themselves.”
Mr. Vikrant Pawar (Writer and Director - Jury of ICONOCLAST 2020, A National Level Film Festival, Navi Mumbai, India.)
“……Really a terrific job by the cast. GREAT color, camera work and of course - solid edit...All the technical and creative aspects are there...The imagery is just fabulous...
But as a piece of film making - probably the best submission (and we've had dozens), from India.”
Mr. Brian McLane (Writer and Director - Jury of Transparent Film Festival 2019,
New York, United States.)

“Your Film Is A Message To The Nation To Live In Harmony and Peace. Your Film Has A Message To Spread Love To Each Other and It Motivates The People In This Situation To Follow Brotherhood and Fight Against Discrimination and Hatred In Society , Which Is The Need Of The Hour.”

Mr. Shubham Apurwa (Festival Director - New Normal International Film Festival 2020,
Surat, Gujarat, India.)

" Pukli is the name of the child ... If Kukli is the question... It draws attention to the problem of human and war through the innocent question of a child. Chicken and chicks, dogs and puppies, parents' instincts to protect their children... the importance of school... Ignorance, poverty... Simple and brilliant expression"
Jury of ISTANBUL FILM AWARDS 2020, Turkey, Istanbul.
‘Kukli’ is a short film which speaks about the humanity as well as the social economic reality of Santal communities . In this selfish world sometimes we forget or don’t understand the mindset of children and even the importance of education. Kukli’s family lives hand to mouth and even Kukli has stopped to go school due to poverty apart from everyone Kukli’s thoughts and judgment are different and everyone fails to understand , what is the psychological problem of Kukli . The question of Kukli is not only to her father it’s the question to all about Humanity . So, children are the still hope for our future world .This is the main message of the film. The direction is quite good and the photography as well as the editing are the best part of this film . I wish all the success of ‘Kukli’ .
Mr. KM Taj-Biul Hasan (Filmmaker, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

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