After the international success of 'I Am Kalam', which won over 20 international awards and one National Award and went to over 55 film festivals across the globe, Nila Madhab Panda’s new feature film 'Jalpari – The Desert Mermaid', produced by Sushilkumar Agrawal of Ultra Distributors Pvt Ltd, started its international journey with a screening at the Marche Du Cannes (Film Market) of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.
"The first market screening of the film, which will have its theatrical release shortly, got a fantastic response from buyers and other participants of the festival on May 17, and already there has been an enthusiastic response from more buyers for the second screening on May 23," Agrawal said here.
Both Panda and Agrawal are busy meeting prospective buyers and film festival curators at Cannes, and the film will soon start its journey in the festival circuit. “My new film is ready. 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 story of Jalpari is largely based on the issue of female foeticide, but it has been treated as an adventure thriller and journey film. 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,” Agrawal said.
The film will see the debut of Delhi kids Lehar Khan and Krishang Trivedi in the role of the protagonists, while Harsh Mayar, who won the National Award for the best child actor for his performance in 'I Am Kalam', essays an important character too. The senior artistes in the film comprise a highly-talented ensemble of Parvin Dabas, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Rahul Singh, Suhasini Mulay and V M Badola.
Jalpari will release in Indian theatres on 20 July, 2012.