Jhing Chik Jhing bags 7 state awards

Two to three were expected but seven was a pleasant surprise," says a modest Nitin Nandan, director of Marathi film Jhing Chik Jhing, that bagged seven Maharashtra State Award in various categories in Mumbai on Wednesday. The film was nominated in eight categories out of which it bagged honours for best rural film, best film (second position), best child actor, best actor (male), best actor (female), best director (second position) and best rural film director.

Produced by Cogito Entertainment, it took Nandan, an MA in Linguistics from Pune's Deccan College, around two years to complete the film that was mainly shot in a small village called Dhulia near Nasik. Jhing Chik Jhing is a story about a debt-ridden farmer's struggle for life and how his son gives him hope; it also provides a glimpse of the world of organic farming in a subtle manner. "A film should not be preachy because ultimately it is meant to entertain. I feel even when one is trying to put across some novel message through one's film, it should provoke some thought in a light manner rather than being hard hitting," says Nandan. The movie is slated to hit the theatres on June 11.

Renowned environmentalist Vandana Shiva, who was also associated with the film, has presented the DVD of the film to Prince Charles and Prime Minister of Spain Luis Rodriguez Zapatero who are known to be strong supporters of organic farming.

Nandan doesn't like the film to be categorised into a genre of rural film. He would rather call it an emotional film. "The film is about how a father and a son cope up with the crisis and the situation could have been portrayed in a multi-millionaire's house or a farmer's house. I chose to depict the story in a rural setting," he explains.

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