Apatani Film ‘Aaba’ Selected to Berlin Film Fest

‘Aaba’, a short film in the Apatani language has been selected to be premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival on February 11, in the Generation Kplus competition, on February 11. The film has been scripted and directed by Amar Kaushik, produced by Raj Kumar Gupta and Mitul Dikshit, co-produced by Onir and Alison Welly. Language is not the film’s only Arunachal connect though, as its entire cast hails from Ziro.

            The story of ‘Aaba’ (grandfather) revolves around an orphan girl and her grandfather who is dying of lung cancer. As the grandfather starts counting his days, the family faces unexpected turns.

            Based on a story by Shashi Kaushik, director Amar Kaushik’s mother, the film was shot in the picturesque valley of Arunachal Pradesh. Incidentally, Amar Kaushik was the assistant director of the Rani Mukherjee film ‘No One Killed Jessica’.

            Expressing happiness about the selection, Amar Kaushik said, “This is truly a memorable moment for the ‘Aaba’ team. I am thankful to my mentors Raj Kumar Gupta and Onir and my friend Mitul Dikhshit for showing their confidence in me, and the entire team for their support on this project. The beautiful Arunchal Pradesh made the entire film making process all the way more precious for us. Berniale is an esteemed film event and having ‘Aaba’ premiere at the event is an absolute honour. We are looking forward to attending the event and representing India on the platform.”

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