1. Hamid – 2019
Hamid was released earlier this year right after the Pulwama attacks in Kashmir. The story is set in Kashmir and centers around a young boy who wants to talk to Allah over the phone so that he can convince him to send his father back.
He dials 786 on the phone and ends up connecting with a tough and strict CRPF Jawan. The story also touches upon the sensitive issue of half widows in Kashmir and their quest to find answers to their missing husbands and get closure.
The film beautifully depicts the unlikely bond between a CRPF jawan and the young boy through dialogue. This film was produced by Yoodlee Films and directed by Aijaz Khan. The film won 2 national awards this year for Best Film (Urdu) and Best Child Artist.
Interestingly this was also the debut film of the Kashmiri child actor Talha Arshad Reshi who played 'Hamid' in the film.
2. Pahuna: The Little Visitors – 2018
Paakhi A Tyrewala's 'Pahuna' is her first Sikkimese film. It's a beautiful story of two Nepalese siblings trying to survive in India while they get separated from their parents. The film shows a small Nepalese family consisting of three children and their parents.
These kids are forced to escape the village, while their mother stays back to check on their father who has taken a different route so that his family can safely flee. Pahuna is a story of two children who are trying to find refuge in a time of crisis and find ways to survive to reunite with their family.
Pahuna is co-produced by the Children’s Film Society of India and Priyanka Chopra’s Purple Pebble Pictures.
3. Lion – 2016
A lion is based on a real-life story of a man who sets out to find his biological mum after he gets separated from his family at a young age in India. He gets adopted by an Australian family after he is lost in the streets of Calcutta far away from his home.
Dev Patel plays the protagonist in the film, which is also very interesting is to watch young boy Sunny Pawar who plays the role of young Dev in the film. His performance as a lost child searching for his mum makes him stand out. This film was nominated for 6 Oscars. The film is directed by Garth Davis and also stars Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.
4. KD – 2019
Written and directed by Madhumita Sundararaman and produced by Yoodlee Films, ‘KD’ presents a heart-warming tale of friendship between two unlikely individuals.'KD’ revolves around the life of an 80-year-old villager Karuppu Durai who after losing three months of his life in a coma finds himself lost and abandoned.
Escaping from a family who wants to euthanize him, he bumps into 8-year-old Kutty, an orphan who is fiercely independent, with a joy de Vivre matched to none. The boy gives Karuppu Durai a new lease of life as they set out on an eventful road trip to complete the octogenarian’s bucket list. T
he film stars Mu Ramasamy and the young actor Nagavishal. The child actor recently won the best actor award at the 10th Jagran Film Festival for KD. The film releases on 22nd November this year.
5. Fandry – 2013
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of caste discrimination in Ahmednagar in Maharashtra, Fandry is the heartwarming love story of a 13-year-old boy. The film marked Nagraj Manjule's directorial debut and starred Somnath Avghade as the endearing 'Jabya' from the Dalit community and Rajeshwari Kharat as the upper-caste girl who he is infatuated with.
Fandry released theatrically on Valentine's Day in 2014, moving on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Mumbai International Film Festival and the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film at the 61st National Film Awards.