Gandhi & Company is a festival favorite at home and abroad

Gujarati film Gandhi & Company has been applauded at home and abroad. Photo: Utkarsha Singh

Producer Mahesh Danannavar and director Manish Saini’s award-winning Gujarati film for children, Gandhi & Company, continues to garner international acclaim across the world. After winning the coveted Golden Slipper award at the 62nd edition of the prestigious Zlin Film Festival in the Czech Republic, it has now screened at Melbourne and Toronto. The film was also screened at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) and the International Film Festival of South Asia Toronto.

Said Mahesh, “A regional children’s film being screened at so many prestigious international film festivals is a huge honor. I feel the film’s universal appeal is rooted in its simplicity and wholesomeness. Also, the overarching theme of Gandhian idealism is a huge draw and continues to win over hearts and minds wherever the film is screened.”

He said that the success of the film both at home and at international forums owes a lot to the way Gandhian ideas are presented. Even though the film explores a serious theme, it does so with humor and without being preachy.

Director Manish added, “Kids and adults have loved the film equally and have been entertained and moved by it. On the surface, it is a story of two 11 year-olds who don’t really know much about what Gandhi represents. Later, through an influential adult, they begin to find out more about Gandhi, and the film transitions into a depth that the children and the audiences had not anticipated. It has truly been an honor to tell this story and to see it going places.”

Gandhi & Company also won the second-best Indian film award at the Bengaluru International Film Festival and the Best Children’s Film honor at the International Gujarati Film Festival (IGFF) 2022. The film stars Darshan Jariwala, Jayesh More, Druma Mehta, Hiranya Zinzuwadia, Shah Reyaan and Dhyani Jani.



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