After a positive response at the Cannes Film Festival for the first look of the Sikkimese film Pahuna —The Little Visitors, directed and written by Paakhi A Tyrewala and producer Priyanka Chopra and Dr Madhu Chopra, has been selected and invited to be screened at the coveted Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 7.
Priyanka, along with her mother, successfully forayed into regional cinema with their production company Purple Pebble Pictures and have had a successful run since its inception. Pahuna — The Little Visitors is a courageous story about three Nepalese children who get separated from their parents, escape the Maoists’ agitation in Nepal and flee to Sikkim.
Reacting to the news, Priyanka said, “It is a very proud moment for me, my mother and the entire team at Purple Pebble Pictures. This is only our fifth production and to have it chosen to be screened at TIFF is an honour. As a producer, my goal is to be able to bring great stories to life and to give new talent the right kind of platform to launch their dreams. With Pahuna — The Little Visitors and our talented director, both these objectives were met and all of us at PPP couldn’t be happier with the result. We’re looking forward to sharing this amazing story with the world, told in Sikkimese about the life of three ordinary children under extraordinary circumstances.”
Adds Dr Madhu Chopra, “Making Pahuna has been an amazing experience. Working with the artists, technicians and government of Sikkim to tell this story was a very special journey for us all. We couldn’t be prouder to have the film screened at TIFF. It is a great honour for us. We are hoping that this film will, in whichever way possible, give a fillip to the film industry in the region.”