Filmfest 2008

Mahek is a totally delightful film which tells the story of a young girl, Mahek Mirza, who daydreams and wishes to be a hero, but she always ends up a loser. Her loving parents are baffled and rebuffed by her. We are taken into to her daydreams and feel the crushing disappointment of her reality. She meets a 'modern fairy' in one of her daydreams who tells her she needs to focus on what her real talents are, and, after a spell of bedridden depression (a sensitive portrayal), finds her true vocation. This film is a lovely look at a child’s hopes and dreams, a portrayal of cruelty and disappointment, and the realisation that one doesn’t need to be good at everything. The cast of children is captivating and their characters are captured beautifully. Mahek can no longer be the first female president of India but she is truly a star. A real gem. Rachel Dwyer, Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema, University of London

tags: Feature film

Cast: Shreya Sharma, Anuya Bhagwat, Madan Deodhar, Anuja Borkar


Director: Kranti Kanade