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Faced a lot of challenges while essaying mother's character: Paoli Dam on Halkaa


Nila Madhab Panda’s Hindi film Halkaa won the Grand Prix De Montreal award at the International Montreal Film Festival 2018.

Roushni Sarkar

Bengali actress Paoli Dam, who acted in Nila Madhab Panda’s Hindi film Halkaa, was elated upon hearing that the film had won the Grand Prix De Montreal award at the International Montreal Film Festival 2018. The premiere show of the film was held on 8 March at the festival.

The film tells the unusual story of a slum boy who wishes to make his own toilet. He hopes that he can only get his privacy there. In a toilet, nobody will disturb him and he will relieve (Halkaa) himself in peace.

The film also features actor Ranvir Shorey in an important role. Upon hearing the news of the recognition, the actress expressed her joy saying, “The subject of the film is unique. The entire team worked extremely hard to make the film. The film was shot in slums of Delhi in extreme heat, as the protagonist of the film hails from a slum. I am happy that our efforts have been appreciated at the prestigious film festival."

Paoli Dam

"I have played the mother of the boy in the film. Her character is quite progressive and she supports her son all the way to fulfil his dreams. I faced a lot of challenges while essaying the character and had to attend workshops as well. However, I was pretty satisfied with my work at the end," she added.

The film has already received invitations from various film festivals around the world. The director is hoping to release the film in India post the international screenings.