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Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times, writes "The storytelling is effortlessly made part of the hypnotically beautiful visuals, and woven into a kaledioscope of colors, faces, music and a little romance. Bhargava is masterful in the way he allows his story to emerge from his mosaic, instead of spelling it out by the numbers. Evokes the old and new Indias side by side as well as I've seen done."
Patang is a new feature length film by award winning writer/director, Prashant Bhargava.
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 - a traditional recipe of healing and renewal. With naturalistic performances from actors and non-actors alike, bold, lyrical editing, vibrant cinematography and a kinetic score, Patang delights the senses and nourishes the spirit.
"This film has been made by sheer love and will. It is a film about the pride of a community, made by the community. It is anthem of Ahmedabad. We chose not to focus the camera on the tragedies of the past. In a world that is continually being ravaged by conflict and upheaval, PATANG has the power to inspire, change and remind us of magic of happiness. Join the movement to ensure this film gets released." - Prashant Bhargava, Director
Patang premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Our North American premiere followed in the World Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival. We have been moved by the reception of audiences. Sold out shows. Great Q & A's. People from all walks of life have championed the film as an intimate drama that evokes their own stories of family, love and friendship.
Distirbutors have applauded director Prashant Bhargava's vision but have failed to step up and release the film. As filmmakers we choose to take our destiny in our own hands. We are chartering a path to take the film directly to audiences.
The city of Ahmedabad has endured recent natural disaster and a history of communal violence between Hindus and Muslims. To outsiders, catastrophe and hardship has defined the identity of the city. But life goes on. People laugh, go to work and fall in love. PATANG is an anthem of Ahmedabad. PATANG is one of the first films to present the joy, pride and spirit of celebration of the city and its people.
Renowned author Shashi Tharoor writes “Cinema is India’s most successful brand ambassador.” PATANG is a film that reshapes the perception of India to global audiences. The film pushes the boundaries of Indian cinema beyond the stereotypes of slumdogs and millionaires.
We turn to you, our global, online community to help us release PATANG. With your support we will be able to screen the film in theaters, on Video-on-Demand, DVD and online in United States in the first quarter of 2012. Succeeding in the US is a catalyst to releasing the film worldwide.
Help the filmmakers raise the resources needed to release the film in exchange for Signed DVDs of PATANG, Soundtrack Downloads, VIP screenings and other exciting perks!
Join the movement to release PATANG. Visit indiegogo.com/patangfilm
Hold on to your happiness.