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‘Jalpari - The Desert Mermaid’ to Premiere at Lucas International Film Festival

Jalpari, The Desert Mermaid, All Lights Film Magazine, ALFM

Jalpari (The Desert Mermaid)’ directed by Madhab Panda will make its premiere at 35th Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Germany that runs from September 2nd to 9th 2012.

The screening schedule will be Wednesday September 5, 2012 at 11.00 am in Deutsches Film Museum and Friday September 7, 2012 at 08.00 pm in Deutsches Film Museum. ‘Jalpari - The Desert Mermaid’ is the second feature film by Madhab panda and his first feature film ‘I Am Kalam’..  won the Best Feature Film award at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in 2010. ‘Jalpary’ is produced by Sushilkumar Agrawal, CEO-Ultra Distributors Pvt. Ltd.

‘Jalpari - The Desert Mermaid’ is an adventure thriller based on the issue of female feticide. A well-heeled family from the tiny neighborhood of New Delhi travels from the city through dusty roads that leads to a village in Haryana, far out and buried in the debris of the past. Shreya, the tomboy of the family finally arrives at her father’s village for the first time during her vacations, that too after coaxing her father, Dev, to the best of her abilities. She and her brother, Sam, had, in their imagination, spun the village right out of a fairytale, replete with streams, lakes and grasslands that will allow them to run free. But all they find are dusty alleys, dried up ponds and hostile playmates until they spin their magic and befriend this unknown place, especially some of its people, like the Pehelwan and the gang of kids led by Ajithe. The story revolves around the adventures and misadventures of Shreya and Sam, which turn this dull place bereft of water and women, into a land of enchantment, mischief and a million exciting exploits. But unknown places have many secrets, and here too, secret lurk at every corner. Strangely-behaving villagers, a witch, whom everyone seems to be terrified of, and a no-access zone beyond the hills intrigue Shreya, more so after housemaid Shabri tells her various mysterious stories about the village. Then, one night, Shreya sees Shabri and her husband Trilochan slink away, and starts following them, only to find out a horrifying secret the village harbours. Jalpari will release in theatres in India on 31st August, 2012.

Cast Crew
Shreya - Lehar Khan
Sam - Krishang Trivedi
Dev - Parvin Dabas
Ajithe - Harsh mayar
Shabri - Tannishtha Chatterjee
Naani - Suhasini Mulay
Veera - Rahul Singh
Vijender - Salman
Uncle - V M Badola
Producer - Sushilkumar Agrawal
Director - Nila Madhab Panda
Screenplay - Deepak Venkateshan
Director of Photography - Savita Singh Puri
Editor - Supriya
Music - Midival Punditz
Cinematographer – Bidhu Bhushan Panda


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