Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid (Movie Review)
Director : Nila Madhab Panda
Producer : Sushilkumar Agrawal
Cast : Lehar Khan, Parvin Dabas, Harsh Mayar, Tannishtha Chatterjee.
Music by : Midival Punditz, Deepak Pandit
Genre : Child Cinema.
Released Date : 31, August 2012.
Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid is an upcoming children’s film where Lehar Khan, Krishang Trivedi and Harsh Mayar (who won the National Film Awards for the best child artist in 2011) are on lead as child artists and Parvin Dabas, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Rahul Singh, Suhasini Mulay and V.M. Badola are on supporting roles. The movie centered on the issue of female foeticide is an adventure film, which is screened at Marche du Cannes film festival. The movie has been nominated at the prestigious Asia Pacific Screen Awards(APSA).The sixth APSA ceremony will be organised at Queensland, Australia on November 23, 2012.
A well-heeled family from tony neighborhood of New Delhi travels from the city through dusty roads that lead into the 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 Shreya and Sam’s adventures and misadventures which turn this dull place bereft of water 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 harbors.