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Patang (The Kite)


In memory of Prashant Bhargava (1972-2015)

Introduction by The Bhargava Family and Jaideep Punjabi, producer of Patang
When I first witnessed the entire city on their rooftops, staring up at the sky, their kites dueling ferociously, dancing without inhibition, I knew I had to make this film in Ahmedabad” —Prashant Bhargava 

Dir. Prashant Bhargava. 2011, 95 mins. DCP. With Seema Biswas, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sugandha Garg. A poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, Patang weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India’s largest kite festival. Every year a million kites fill the skies above Ahmedabad—dueling, soaring, tumbling, and flying high. When a successful Delhi businessman takes his daughter on a surprise trip back to his childhood home for the festival, an entire family has to confront its own fractured past and fragile dreams. Music and fireworks, food and laughter, a kaleidoscope of color and light, the magic of the kite flying high—the very essence of the festival offers a traditional recipe of healing and renewal. With naturalistic performances from actors and non-actors alike, bold yet lyrical editing, vibrant cinematography, and a kinetic score, Patang delights the senses and nourishes the spirit

About Prashant Bhargava:

Prashant Bhargava is an award-winning filmmaker and commercial director/designer. His untimely passing on May 16, 2015, shocked and saddened the world.   

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