Press release : I Am Kalam and Kadvi Hawa’s director Nila Madhab Panda’s next, HALKAA wins Grand Prix for best fil m at the Kinolub Festival for Children and Youth, Poland

Press release

I Am Kalam and Kadvi Hawa’s director Nila Madhab Panda’s next, HALKAAwins Grand Prix for best film at the Kinolub Festival for Children and Youth, Poland

~After winning the Grand Prix De Montreal at the 21st Montréal International Children’s Film Festival where it had its World Premiere, this is the second Grand Prix that the film has received~

~Presented by Shiv Nadar Foundation and featuring Ranvir Shorey, Paoli Dam and child actor Tathastu, Halkaa is set to release on 31st August~

Delhi, June 12, 2018: After winning the Grand Prix De Montreal at the 21st Montréal International Children’s Film Festival, Nila Madhab Panda’s next feature, Halkaa bags another Grand Prix for the best film at the Kinolub Festival for Children and Youth, Poland. Presented by Shiv Nadar Foundation and produced by Akshay Parija and Nila Madhab Panda, Halkaa is set to release on 31st August. The Shiv Nadar Foundation is a philanthropic organization established by Shiv Nadar, Founder of HCL – a $8 billion leading technology and healthcare enterprise.

The jury stated while presenting the award, “We awarded the Grand Prix to the film Halkaa for courage in undertaking a difficult subject and presenting it in an original and light way, accessible to the young viewer. The added value for the Polish audience is the opportunity to learn about the realities of living in a culturally remote country.”

Halkaa (Relief) is a unique take on a slum child’s heroism, aspirations and dreams. The child protagonist, Pichku fights for the basic problem that he faces every day; defecating in the open amongst others. It is his dream to make a toilet of his own where he can enjoy his privacy and do the deed in peace. The Shiv Nadar Foundation partnered with Nila Madhab Panda for the movie as it mirrored the core of the Foundation’s belief that transformation begins with one person or one child addressing one issue at a time. With the movie, the Foundation hopes to inspire several others to reach for their dreams and achieve them.

The light-hearted film, features child actor Tathastu as Pichku, and Ranvir Shorey and Paoli Dam essay the role of his parents.

National-Award winning director of Kadvi Hawa and I am Kalam, Nila Madhab Panda says, “It is indeed a proud moment for us to receive Grand Prix for the second time within months. We are planning to release the film in India on August 31st and hoping to get the same kind of love from Indian audience.”

“Halkaa has become the toast of the international film festivals. We are proud to see the film travelling to many film festivals around the world.” The director adds with pride.

Halkaa is selected at many prestigious international children’s film festivals this year including 58th International Film Festival for Children and Youth. It including Czech Republic, International Film Festival SCHLINGEL, Germany, Tel Aviv Int’l Children’s FF, Israel, Buster in Denmark.

Festivals and Awards


Winner- Grand Prix – Kinolub Festival for Children and Youth, Poland.

OFFICIAL SELECTION – 58TH ZLIN Film Festival, Czech Republic

IN COMPETITION – 23rd Schlingel Int’l FF, Germany
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 23rd La Matatena, Mexico
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Tel Aviv Int’l Children’s FF, Israel
IN COMPETITION- London Indian Film Festival


About Shiv Nadar Foundation

The Shiv Nadar Foundation ( has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL – a $8 billion leading global technology and IT enterprise, with over 120,000 employees across 31 countries. Founded in 1976, HCL is one of India’s original IT garage start-ups and offers diverse business aligned technology solutions spanning the entire hardware and software spectrum, to a focused range of industry verticals.

The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide. To that purpose the Foundation is focused on the underdeveloped disciplinary areas in India related to transformational education, creativity and art.

The Foundation set up the SSN Institutions ( in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Foundation has also set up VidyaGyan (, a residential leadership academy for meritorious rural children, at Bulandshahr and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the Foundation runs the Shiv Nadar University (, an international multi-disciplinary university with strong research orientation located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region and the Shiv Nadar School (, a network of progressive urban schools across India aimed to provide children with education that creates lifelong learners. The Foundation has also set up the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (, India’s largest private philanthropic museum in modern and contemporary art, with the vision to take art to the common public.


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