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Jhalki, backed by Kailash Satyarthi, to release on 27 September

Backed by the Nobel laureate, the film is directed by Brahmanand Singh and Tanvi Jain. 

Shriram Iyengar

It is not every day that you find a Hindi film that is backed by a Nobel laureate. Kailash Satyarthi's support for Brahmanand Singh and Tanvi Jain's upcoming Jhalki (2019) stems from the touching and simple context of the film's protagonists, two children. The story of a 9-year-old girl setting out in search of her 7-year-old brother is set to release in theatres on 27 September 2019. 

The motion poster for the film was shared by the makers on social media. Backed by the vocals of Shankar Mahadevan, the blink and miss graphic captures the two children running through the desert towards an abandoned bioscope. 

The film has been travelling to several international festivals since it was first launched on 9 September last year, by Kailash Satyarthi, in Toronto. Co-directed by Brahmanand Singh and Tanvi Jain, the film revolves around the story of 9-year-old Jhalki in search of her brother, Babu. 

Featuring Boman Irani, Divya Dutta, Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Govind Namdeo, the film also has Satyarthi making a special appearance. 

In a statement during the film's initial launch, the Nobel laureate had said, "Jhalki’s journey is a journey of hope, of confidence, and of self-belief … Jhalki’s struggle is a relentless process of overcoming the odds and of looking for solutions … in a way that even the most ordinary citizen may feel inspired to fight (against these prevalent practices) and emerge triumphant!" 

Produced by Singh and Annand Chavan, Jhalki is co-produced by Vinayak Gawande and Jayesh Parekh.