Chippa

Releasing worldwide early 2019

Genre:    :    Drama
Length    :    90 mins
Audience    :    Family
DOP    :    Ramanuj Dutta
Editor    :    Manas Mittal
Sound Designer    :    Sukanta Majumdar
Music Composer    :    Cyrille De Haes
Production Designer    :    Anasuya Sengupta
Language    :    Hindi
Writer & Director    :    Safdar Rahman
Producer    :    Celine loop, Sushilkumar Agrawal, Rajat Agrawal,
A V T Shankardass
Production    :    Travelling Light, Victory Media, Ultra Media & Entertainment

Synopsis

When Chippa is handed a letter addressed to him, from his father whom he does not remember, the little boy decides to leave his pavement abode and find out more. Unfortunately, the letter is written in Urdu so he needs someone to read it for him. A fight with his grand aunt (with whom he lives) confirms his initial intention. At the stroke of midnight, on his tenth birthday, Chippa grabs a bag full of knick-knacks, and heads out to discover the city and its street nightlife, while trying to discover the connections to his father. Chippa is a coming of age tale, told through a single night in the winters of Kolkata. While the story at its core is gritty, the film is seen through Chippa's eyes, full of magic, wonder and enchanting conversations.

Director’s note on the film

The underbelly of Kolkata lies squarely on top of its belly. In the middle of the chaos and bang in the centre of the city is an over-the-top and underground mohalla called Park Circus. Inside Park Circus, you can rarely separate houses, buildings, shops, gutters, lives; they all mix and intertwine into one heavy concoction. Inside this concoction, on a footpath outside Chittaranjan Hospital, lives a ten year old boy Chippa, who has decided he wants to break free.

Chippa is to me, a universal story rooted firmly in the local milieu of a Kolkata that is mostly unknown, even to Kolkataits. I have grown up in Chippa’s real-life neighbourhood and in many ways have been writing this story since I was his age.

Almost every child I know, has threatened, at some point of time in their lives, to leave home. Sometimes you pack your suitcase, sometimes you even get as far as the neighbourhood street corner. This film is a homage to that spirit and the timeless stories of children growing up.

Sunny Pawar's Biography

Sunny Pawar is an Indian child actor. He is best known for his role as a younger Saroo Brierly in LION, a 2016 Australian biographical film, directed by Garth Davis, and written by Luke Davies with Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, and Nicole Kidman He was cast out of 2,000 other students at the age of 6. He also earned critical praise for his performance in Lion and also won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 7th AACTA Awards. After the movie was released, he made several television appearances on American talk shows, including The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. He also was present at the 2017 Oscars as well as the Golden Globes. In 2017 he was given the Rising Star Award at The Asian Awards. After LION, Sunny was also seen in the Netflix Original Series “Sacred Games.” Presently Sunny is all set to enter Marathi silver screen with his upcoming film A B C. He is playing the title role of Hari in this film.

Director’s Biography

Safdar Rahman is a film practitioner based out of Kolkata and Mumbai. After having directed a few plays in school and college, Safdar landed up as a class teacher in a school in East Delhi, handling a class of forty kids for two years. Consequently, he founded and runs a non- profit called red lorry yellow lorry which works in the sphere of education and the arts. In 2014, he started working with the maverick film company, Oddjoint, where he has worn many hats over the years before recently venturing out on his own, and partnering with his wife Celine to found Travelling Light. Chippa is his first cinematic directorial venture.

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