Director Nila Madhab Panda, remembered for I Am Kalam, showcased his new feature film Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid at Marche du Cannes (Cannes Film Market) during the 65th Cannes International Film Festival
The film is said to have received a positive response.Producer Sushilkumar Agrawal of Ultra Distributors Pvt Ltd is delighted with the response to the film, Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid from buyers and other participants at the fest after its screening May 17. Jalpari, which focuses on female foeticide, will once again be showcased at the gala on Wednesday.
“The story of Jalpari is largely based on the issue of female foeticide, but it has been treated as an adventure thriller and journey film,” Agrawal said in a statement. “Indian children’s cinema is now attracting a lot of interest in foreign markets, and like I Am Kalam, Panda’s Jalpari will also surely be a great success,” he added.
Panda says the movie’s first screening at Cannes itself has helped them get invitations from other international extravaganzas too.”As the film was not complete earlier, I could not send it for official selection in Cannes, but we brought it to the market and got a fantastic response here. We have got invites from many festivals already,” Panda said. The film features child actors Lehar Khan and Krishang Trivedi as protagonists along with I Am Kalam child star Harsh Mayar. It also features Parvin Dabas, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Rahul Singh, Suhasini Mulay and VM Badola.
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