Anhe Ghore Da Daan
|Anhe Ghore Da Daan|
|Directed by||Gurvinder Singh|
|Produced by||National Film Development Corporation of India|
|Written by||Gurdial Singh|
|Starring||Samuel John |
|Music by||Catherine Lamb|
|Cinematography||Satya Rai Nagpaul|
|Edited by||Ujjwal Chandra|
Anhe Ghore Da Daan (Punjabi: ਅੰਨ੍ਹੇ ਘੋੜੇ ਦਾ ਦਾਨ|English: Alms for a Blind Horse) is a highly acclaimed Punjabi-language film directed by Gurvinder Singh. Released in 2011, the film is based on the Punjabi novel of the same title published in 1976 by Gurdial Singh. It portrays the plight and problems of Punjabi farmers, rural working class, as well as the landlords. The film won National Awards for Best Direction, Cinematography and Best Feature Film in Punjabi at the 59th National Film Awards of India.
- Samuel John as Melu, the rickshaw puller
- Mal Singh as Father
- Sarbjeet Kaur as Dayalo
- Emmanuel Singh as Bhupi
- Kulvinder Kaur as Ballo, Melu's wife
- Lakha Singh as Lakha
- Gurvinder Makhna as Dulla
- Dharminder Kaur as Mother
The film is set in a village in the outskirts of Bathinda city where villagers work in the fields of the local landlord. It is a village where people are trying hard to make peace with their existence. Daily rituals betray their simmering anger and their helplessness. The landlord has apparently sold his plots to an industry which has demolished the house of one of the villagers who refuses to vacate it. The elderly farmer's son is a rickshaw puller in the nearby town. The rickshaw pullers have gone on a strike that has turned violent. Both father and son are equally clueless about their futures.
Anhe Ghore Da Daan is the first Punjabi-language film to have travelled to numerous international film festivals. The film premiered in the Orizzonti section (Horizons) at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. It won the Special Jury Award and the $50,000 Black Pearl trophy at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. It was also shown at the 55th BFI London Film Festival, 49th New York Film Festival and the 16th Busan International Film Festival. The film won National Awards for Best Direction and Cinematography (for cinematographer Satya Raj Nagpaul) at the 59th National Film Awards of India. In the regional category (Punjabi language) it was given another award for best film in 59th National Film Awards. This film has also won the Golden Peacock award for best film at the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2012 in Panaji.
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