Experiencing Interruptions?

Kaphal - Wild Berries

Makar and Kamru live in a small village in Garhwal. All the men in the village work in the city. Makar’s friends’ fathers visit the village regularly, with gifts for the family. But Makar and Kamru have not seen their father for 5 years. When he does come home, Makar and Kamru find that not only has he not brought them any gifts, he scolds them regularly, and disciplines them too much. Makar’s friends, Bupi and Pusu convince him that his father may be an imposter. They plan to get rid of their father, through a magic potion from a witch in the forest, Pagli Dadi. But instead they meet Pagli Dadi’s granddaughter, Ghungra who takes them for a merry ride.

  • Batul Mukhtiar
  • Batul Mukhtiar
  • Chidren's Film Society, India
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    Live Action, children film, family
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 8, 2013
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  • 18 Golden Elephant- ICFFI, India
    Hyderabad, India
  • Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), India
    Mumbai, India
  • Zlin Film Festival
    Czech Republic
  • Busan International Kids Film Festival
  • Prague Indian Film Festival
    Czech Republic
  • Trinidad+T0bago Film Festival
  • SAGA -Stockholm International Women's Film Festival
  • Chicago South Asian Film Festival
  • Kolkata International Children’s Film Festival
Director Biography - Batul Mukhtiar

Batul Mukhtiar is a filmmaker, an alumni of the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune. She lives in Mumbai.

She writes her own scripts. Apart from several documentary shorts, she has directed a documentary feature 150 SECONDS AGO which travelled to many prestigious festivals across the world. In 2007, she directed a children's feature film, LILKEE for the Children's Film Society, India.

She also works as an associate producer and a line producer for international documentary crews shooting in India.

She writes shorts stories, film reviews and blogs regularly at http://bmukhtiar.blogspot.com

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Director Statement

KAPHAL – Wild Berries came from my engagement with the people in a small village in Garhwal and their lives over the last 20 years. The difficulties of living in the rural areas of Garhwal make migration compulsory for most of the men. KAPHAL – Wild Berries explores the life of a small village, the small moments, the relation between children and nature, their wonder at it, the stories that they build around it, their fears and terrors and their joys.

It is a simple tale, seeking to capture the sensual pleasures of childhood, with a glimpse of hard reality.