Principal Photography Completed on “Kalpvriksh – The Wish Tree” Directed by Manika Sharma

Director Manika Sharma completed principal photography on KALPVRIKSH THE WISHING TREE YOUR DREAMS ARE JUST A TOUCH AWAY, starring Shabana Azmi. The film was written by Manika Sharma. Ace Cinematographer Rajeev Jain is the director of photography.

KALPVRIKSH – THE WISH TREE is a magical, inspiring and extremely entertaining story of five boys at a hill station who come together to save their ‘wishing tree’ (KALPVRIKSH) from being cut down by vested interests. The film is extremely animated, entertaining, endearing and fascinating, so that the underlying message of protecting trees and the environment is conveyed perfectly…

Twelve-year-old Nikita is overweight and headstrong. When overeating becomes an obsession, not only does her life at school and at home become seriously out of control, but her dream of becoming a ‘rock star’ one day seems almost impossible. Nikita’s life mysteriously intertwines with that of four others:

Guriqbal Singh, Nikita’s classmate and sole heir to the currently dilapidated “Nanak Paneer (cottage cheese) House” business, has a theft problem, which is about to take on dangerous dimensions. Faced with financial insecurities more anticipated than real and an even more insecure father, who slowly turns to alcohol, Guriqbal must ‘collect’ and ‘store’ what he can to protect the well-being and future of his family. His treasure chest lies buried deep in the woods behind the train tracks.

Sean, a ‘dyslexic’, is an eleven year old boy. Sean’s constant struggle with reading and speaking makes him the “butt” of all the jokes and unrelenting public humiliation at the hands of his superior classmates, within the unforgiving walls of his classroom. . And to make matters worse, while he’s home, Sean must also experience the trauma of separating his parents from him, who are on the brink of an official breakup. The only source of solace is ‘Pari’, Sean’s beloved pet, lemon-yellow lovebird and perhaps one day, the gift of ‘free speech’. Through Sean’s eyes, the world lends itself to strangely dazzling visual possibility…and when he picks up the brush, the canvas leaves people in awe of his brilliance.

Ten-year-old Fatima Khanam is obsessed with Bollywood, especially superstar ‘Shah Rukh Khan’. A ‘star’ in her own right, Ella Fatima is preparing for her ‘star destiny’, which is coming soon. She goes through the day as if an imaginary camera is filming her at all times, even while she is brushing her teeth! Fatima manages to skip school seamlessly to watch movies in the movie theater, until “parent-teacher conference” season messes everything up and Fatima’s father, Khwaja Sheikh, is alarmed by her shocking performance. on school tests and also for his disappearing acts from school. .

This season also spells doom for Nikita, Sean, and Guriqbal, who are getting into more trouble and misfortune. In a world that oscillates between angry parents, punishments, disapproving neighbors and a stressful school life, her world is quickly falling apart and her dreams drift away in conflict with her reality.

Last but not least, there is Dhanua, a witty and cunning eleven-year-old boy who works at the dhaba (local restaurant), in Paltan Bazaar. With his unshakable faith in the muscular ‘Hanumaan ji’ (the Indian monkey god and mythological superhero), he must fight the tests of time against his abusive and harsh dhaba owner, ‘Shankar dada’. Dhanua would love to go to school and make friends with other children, who seem to have a perfect life, but at the moment she has to earn her food day by day and protect herself from the bullying and exploitation of other older and stronger children who work in the dhaba, Jaikishen and Kaalia.

Life is hard. Still, a miracle awaits Dhanua and the messy lives of Nikita, Sean, Guriqbal and Fatima…

At the Annual Sports Day at school, Nikita wins first prize in the race in a row. But when some of her kids make fun of her and announce that she only won by cheating, this is the breaking point for Nikita. The most painful day of her life is about to become the most magical day of Nikita’s life.

Nikita’s mysterious old friend (who lives in a green house in the woods) tells him the magical story of ‘Kalpvriksh’ or ‘The Wishing Trees’ that have existed for thousands of years. “They still exist and the only unfortunate reason they haven’t been discovered lately is because no one believes in them anymore, the wishing trees are dying,” he tells Nikita.

In the moments that follow, Nikita instinctively runs to her secret place where she always sits when she’s sad. She stands in front of a gnarled old tree and speaks to him as if he is listening. In the following days, Nikita’s life begins to change drastically. She doesn’t steal food from the kitchen in the evenings, and through a series of incidents, the kids at school not only stop teasing her, but look at her with newfound respect and admiration. Her humiliation begins to give way to a sense of self-worth and pride.

Nikita has discovered her Wishing Tree and must share its magic with Sean, Guriqbal, Fatima and Dhanua. According to Nikita’s old mystical friend in the forest, the powers of the wishing tree grow as more and more people believe in it. But the secret must be shared only with those who truly believe in it.

Sean’s speech is miraculously clearing up since his angry encounter with the Wishing Tree. At some point he must muster up the confidence to express his love for Nikita.

Fatima is punished by her father. One day, when a breaking news on TV reports that superstar Shah Rukh Khan is flying to London for surgery, her fantasy about him begins to unravel. It’s real, he can get sick. In such a time of crisis, he can only approach the Wishing Tree.

On the other hand, with the children’s pure faith, the wishing tree is coming back to life after a thousand years of sleep. It is celebrating life. It is sprouting new leaves and also growing nice white flowers.

The special thing about the tree is that it is making your wishes come true. His magic is working its way through the lives of these children, and their lives are changing rapidly.

But even as the kids spend more and more time with their new friend, some rumors that the tree is evil are brewing in town. ‘Honeycomb’, the cunning contractor/woodcutter is responsible for this.

The children love their Wishing Tree, but the true test of friendship is yet to come.

The wishing tree is going to be cut down and the whole town has gathered to witness it. Five axemen sharpen their axes and walk towards the tree. The townspeople stare in amazement, curious to see what is to come. And then something happens… something that no one has ever witnessed before. This may not be seen for another thousand years…

This is a triumphant story of five children, with their complex problems, who despite being dismissed by the world around them, make an extraordinary difference by courageously following their instincts, fiercely protecting and saving their wishing tree against all odds. . Disability and difficulty become the springboard to become extraordinary.

They make national news and the world must now see them with a difference. The wishing tree has regained all of its powers and has come back to life with a bang. Interestingly, all the wishing trees in the world are celebrating… Superstar Shah Rukh Khan celebrates a timeless message with children…

… And the KALPVRIKSH pleads… “I am just a wishing tree that grants what is asked of it. While all the trees in the world give their all for life on earth without even being asked.” He thanks everyone for saving him from being cut down, and implores them to make sure no tree is cut down anywhere, anywhere in the world. He also calls on all children to make sure they plant their own ‘wish trees’ and see that their wishes come true.

Somewhere in another corner of the world, a little African-American girl curiously runs her hands through the bark of a very old, gnarled tree… could this be her Wishing Tree?

After all, science has its limitations…faith doesn’t!!

Manika Sharma is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School. After winning an award for her student film “Crimes of the Art”, she returned to Mumbai in 2000 to start work on the feature film “Asoka”. This was Santosh Sivan’s internationally acclaimed magnum opus period film based on the life and times of Emperor Asoka, one of the greatest legends in human history. As chief assistant director on ‘ASOKA’, Manika did the visualization for the film (the look and setting of 232 BC) along with the conceptualization and art direction for the songs. She has written the English subtitles for the film. Manika has had the opportunity to travel the world with ‘ASOKA’ on the festival circuit (Venice, Florence, London, Singapore).

He has shot popular commercials for Pepsi (Men in Blue, World Cup) with the Indian cricket team in Leeds, England. He also puts chips with Saif Ali Khan (Bollywood’s top star) and Mohd. Kaif (cricketer) in South Africa.
In addition to writing and co-directing a short film for CFSI (Children’s Film Society of India), he has directed and produced music videos for Sony BMG Music and the United Nations (UNAIDS).

Its music video, ‘Tod do Deewaren’, became the first World AIDS Day theme song to be featured in detail on national news across the country. It featured sixteen famous pop singers/artists from the country, including classical masters like Pandit Jasraj. In essence, the song celebrated the hope and togetherness, the spirit and triumph of people, especially children living with HIV and AIDS. Manika’s most recent work is a music album for Sony BMG, which has been issued throughout the UK. The music video, “Mitr pyare nu” was on the charts in North America.

Rajeev Jain, Director of Photography, was highly appreciated for his camera work on Army, Badhaai Ho Badhaai, Carry on Pandu, Kadachit, Mirabai Not out and Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi. He was also an additional cinematographer/second unit cinematographer for such notable films as Rang De Basanti, Chalte Chalte, Gupt and Trimurti. He has also shot several commercials and short films.

Description: KALPVRIKSH (THE WISHING TREE) is a magical, inspiring and extremely entertaining feature film in which five children at a hill station come together to save their Kalpvriksh (Kalpavriksha, Kalpavriksh, Kalpvriksha) ‘wishing tree’ from being destroyed. cut down by vested interests. . The film is extremely lively, entertaining, and riveting, so the underlying message to protect trees and the environment is conveyed perfectly. Shabana Azmi plays a key role in it.
Author Biography: Raajaysh Chetwal, Rhombus Films. Background in Banking and Finance. Producer of various TV shows on various channels. He produced television commercials and corporate films for Indian and international clients.

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