Making reel waves
The Marathi film Killa has been selected for its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival
The Marathi film Killa has been selected for a world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, to be held from February 6 to 16. The film marks the directorial debut of Avinash Arun, who is also the cinematographer of Killa. It is the only Indian film in the Generation Kplus competition category and has been shortlisted from among 12 films from across the world. It is the third Marathi film to receive a premiere at Berlin. The other two films were Jabbar Patel’s Samna in 1975 and Umesh Kulkarni’s Vihir in 2010.
Speaking about the film, Arun says, “Having a world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival means a lot to me. I am enthralled. It’s very good news for Marathi and regional filmmakers in India. I will be able to represent my culture and my people on an international platform.”
The film stars Amruta Subhash, Archit Deodhar, Parth Bhalerao and Shrikant Yadav. It deals with universal conflicts such as migration and how it impacts the lives of people, especially children.
The story revolves around a young boy, Chinu, who finds it difficult to adjust to his new surroundings where he has migrated to, after his father’s death. But gradually, he makes new friends and gains confidence. “Generally, a human being is made from his surroundings. This movie is about how surroundings affect children, for them even small things like change of school friends is a big thing. It affects their upbringing as a human,” adds Arun.
The movie was shot in Konkan, where Arun spent his childhood. “I was a government employee’s son, so I had to shift schools a lot of times. Some incidents in the film are also based on my life,” he emphasises.
The film was part of NFDC Film Bazaar’s Work-in-Progress (WIP) Lab in 2013. Killa is slated for an India release in summer.