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Pihu bags two awards at 14th Trans-Saharan International Film Festival


The film with a two-year-old protagonist won the Grand Prize for Best Feature Film in the International Competition section and the People's Choice award for Best Film.

A scene from Pihu

Sukhpreet Kahlon

Vinod Kapri’s film Pihu has won two awards at the 14th Trans-Saharan International Film Festival at Zagora in Morocco. It won the Grand Prize for Best Feature Film in the International Competition category and the People’s Choice award for Best Film. The jury of the feature film International Competition section was chaired by Dutch filmmaker Koert Davidse.

Pihu foregrounds the helplessness of a child who bears the brunt of its parents' failed relationship. The two-year-old Pihu is the focus of the film as she navigates her way through her home, unsupervised and alone. The unusual thriller has garnered much acclaim for the director and the child artiste.

Filmmaker Vinod Kapri

Expressing joy at the recognition, Vinod Kapri told Cinestaan.com, “I can’t express my happiness. A single-character film, that too a two-year-old creating waves in the international film festival circuit is something very very special for all of us.”

Talking about the difficulty in making the film, he said, “When I conceived of this film, there were many apprehensions. Many people told me this was an impossible film. How can you do a 100-minute film with a two-year-old? But I believe you should always go by your conviction… this is the reason that now Pihu is all over.”

The filmmaker also expressed gratitude to those who believed in the film and supported it, saying, “I would like to thank my producer, the late Kirshan Kumar, who stood by me when no one supported my story.”

Pihu was also chosen as the opening film for the Indian Panorama section at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017 and screened at the festival that was held from 20-28 November.

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