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Khatara

Khatara
Can you fall in love with a Car? A question one may ask when one sees 'Khatara' Story of Sukkhi,a small town simpleton,who is pushed to such edge of life,where he has no option but to sell his beloved,old,knackered car.

Khatara… is Indian slang for worthless piece of trash. Khatara is the story of two souls on the brink of annihilation, whose lives have hit rock bottom. Sukhi, a young driving instructor, so deep in debt that his widowed mother is forced to hide from creditors; and his one true love... his family car… a car that he inherited from his father, but is now worth only its scrap value… a car that everyone else calls Khatara.
As Sukhi’s debts mount, he feels pressured to sell his beloved car, just so that he can feed his family. But the car is almost human to Sukhi. He calls her Soniyo or sweetheart and loves it so dearly, he can’t let it go.
One day Sukhi meets Shailaja, a chirpy, bubbly young girl who wants him to teach her how to drive. Sukhi loves her easy-going, non-judgmental personality and begins to fall for her. But even as he contemplates the wonders of love on a night filled with alcohol induced merriment, the wretchedness of life hits him and he crumples at the feet of his beloved Khatara… struggling to come to terms with the inevitable.
Devoid of all hope, he is reminded of his father’s advice, that he must be prepared to lose something to gain something else… but is he prepared to lose the one thing that means more to him than anything else?

  • Divyansh Ganjoo
    Director
    Cartoonist
  • Ashutosh Nandkumar Mishra
    Writer
  • Divyansh Ganjoo
    Writer
  • Mantra
    Producer
  • Mahima Sharma
    Producer
  • Mantra
    Key Cast
    Tum Mile, Bheja Fry 2,Game,London Paris Newyork,Hum Tum Shabana
  • Krishna Bisht
    Key Cast
    Vicky Donor, Goliyon ki raas leela,Sulemani Keeda
  • Amardeep Jha
    Key Cast
  • Deepak Mishra
    Assitant Director
    Saudade
  • Ashutosh Nandkumar Mishra
    Cinematographer
  • RAMIL GANJOO, Swapnil and Govind
    Music Director
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Khatara
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    drama, comedy
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    Hindi
  • Shooting Format:
    HD Cam
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Divyansh Ganjoo

Divyansh Ganjoo did his graduation in Fine Arts and started his production house,Pitara Studios in 2010 . His short film "Cartoonist" was selected for 2014 Cannes Short Film Corner screening and also won a prestigious Jury award in Mexico International film festival.
Making a mark in the Animation film, another of his short films "Wish" got recognition across the world and won at various international short film competitions. It got screened in Zlin film festival (Czech Republic) which is one amongst the oldest festival dedicated to animation films.

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Director Statement

Its really interesting how a human gets connected to a non living thing, it could be a place, song or might be an object which gets really close to heart and connects an individual to one's good or bad memories. This emotion always attracted me as a film maker ."khatara" as a film signifies that innocent and strong bond of a man and his old car that leads to a journey full of emotions.