For 12 year-old Maya, life is very simple in her village in rural India. From innocent pranks to small adventures in the nearby forest, she spends most of her time with her 11 year-old cousin Sanjay. However, their fraternal love is shattered when Sanjay fails to save her from her fate: as a girl becomes a woman, she is the victim of an ancient and brutal ritual that leaves her scarred for life.

This ceremony, although forbidden, is still practised in parts of the country today.

Arun - ANAT NAG | Lakshmi - MITA VASISHT | Mridu - SHILPA NAVALKAR | Maya - NITYA SHETTY | Sanjay - NIKHIL YADAV | Pujari - VIRENDRA SAXENA | Ganesh -MUKESH BHATT | Raju - GIRISH SINGH | Guri - BHUSHAN DHUPKAR

Writers: DIGVIJAY SINGH & EMMANUEL PAPPAS

Director: DIGVIJAY SINGH

Producers: DILEEP SINGH RATHORE, EMMANUEL PAPPAS & DIGVIJAY SINGH

Executive Producers: RAJ SINGH & NEIL ROBERTS

Director of Photography: MARK LAPWOOD ACS

Production Designer: NARAYANA P. REDDY

Costume Designer: FELICITY GIFFORD

Editor: BRIDGET LYON

Composer: MANESH JUDGE & NOORULLAH LODHI

Sound Designer: PHILIPPE HEISSER

Format: 35mm - 1:1.85

Language: HINDI

Dur: 105m

Awards & Nominations: 

  • DISTINCTION Cinematography in a Feature Film - ACS National Awards 2003 
  • GOLD Cinematography in a Feature Film - ACS State Awards, NSW 2002
  • Chicago International Film Festival - "Critics Special Mention - Nitya Shetty & Nikhil Yadav" 25th Asian American International Film Festival
  • Remy Martin Award "Emerging Director of 2002" Flanders International Film Festival
  • Nominated "Golden Spur" & Winner "Critics Mention - Music" Montreal World Film Festival
  • 1st Runner-Up People's Choice Award - Toronto International Film Festival 2001

Official Website http://www.kundalinipictures.com/