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Thursday, January 18, 2007

First silent children's film to release in April

MUMBAI: The first full length silent film for children, My Daddy Strongest, has just been completed and awaits an April 2007 release.

The entire shooting for the film has been done in London. Producer Suresh Pai says, "My Daddy Strongest is a film for kids, who comprise more than 30 per cent of our population. We make so many films but fail to deliver good entertainment to children. Silent films can be viewed by the entire world, as there is no language barrier. A silent film is always the a very difficult form of visual communication, an art that was made popular by Charlie Chaplin. In India, southern filmmaker Singhitam Shreeniwas Rao made Pushpak with Kamal Hassan, but after that, there have been hardly any efforts in the direction."

Adds Pai, "My Daddy Strongest is about a father, played by Kumar Gaurav, a scientist, and his deaf and mute son (played by Abhijit), who mistakenly assumes his father to be the strongest man on earth. It so happens that the scientist invents a product, after consuming which, he becomes the strongest man on the planet, something like Popeye.. The story is based in the UK and we have shot extensively in London and Stratford (Shakespeare's birthplace). The film is budgeted around Rs 20 to 25 million (Rs two to 2.5 crore). Unlike Pushpak, however, we are adding special sound effects in the background.

The film is currently in the post-production stages and the makers plan to release it in April this year. Talks are on with corporates for a worldwide release, says Pai.

Directed by Rahul Kapoor, the film also features Vishwajeet Pradhan, Bhairavi Goswami, UK actor Tammy Jones and child star Loveena Tandon. It has been made under the banner of Sri Mahalsa Siddhi Creations. Kamal Seth is the presenter of this film.

Pai has earlier co-produced Ansh, starring Abbas, Ashutosh Rana, Shrabani Mukherji and others. His second film Naam Gum Jaayega starring Dia Mirza, Mandira Bedi, Aryan Vaid and Divya Dutta was a box-office disaster.

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