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|Directed by||Apurba Kishore Bir|
|Produced by||Children's Film Society, India|
|Written by||Apurba Kishore Bir|
|Music by||Bhavdeep Jaipurwale|
|Cinematography||Apurba Kishore Bir|
|Distributed by||Children's Film Society|
|Running time||80 minute|
A free and compassionate human spirit is trapped in Shibu, an eleven-year-old boy. In order to guide Shibu's wandering energy on a constructive path, his widow mother sends him to the city from the village, with his uncle. But Shibu's carefree approach to life and his energetic response to reality, makes him a subject of annoyance to the neighbour as well as his own aunt. This forces his uncle to be strict with him and he takes him along to his shoe shop, in order to keep a watch on him, studying. But the situation leads Shibu on a different track. Being asked by the Uncle to carry a pair of shoes to a doctor's residence, Shibu ventures across the streets and lanes in his casual and carefree manner while encountering some stray incidents. But, then something very sudden and unpredictable happens, which invites him to show his true potential and real merit, to surprise the adults, effected by indifferent attitude.
- Director/Script : Apurba Kishore Bir
- Story & Screenplay: Apurba Kishore Bir
- Cinematography : Apurba Kishore Bir
- Music : Bhavdeep Jaipurwale
- Editing : Aseem Sinha
- Dialogue : Hubnath Pandey
- Sound : Nihar Ranjan Samel
Awards & Participation
- National Film Awards 2003 (Best Children Film)
Bhavdeep Jaipurwale arranged the music for this film.
A. K. Bir too has a child protagonist in Baaja. Shibu is brought from the village to the town to be better educated. The boy's encounters and adventures on the streets bring out his savvy nature and concern for others; they also give him a better understanding of values. Shibu gives first aid to a grandma who has been cudgelled by a thief, minds the wailing baby, finds a doctor, and recovers the stolen gold chain. Since Bir is unable to decide whether to opt for realism or the fairy tale mode, the film hangs uneasily between the two genres.