Frozen (2007 film)
|Directed by||Shivajee Chandrabhushan|
|Produced by||Shivajee Chandrabhushan|
|Written by||Shanker Raman (screenplay)
Shivajee Chandrabhushan (story)
|Music by||John P. Varkey|
|Edited by||Shan Mohammed|
Frozen is a 2007 black-and-white Indian drama film directed by Shivajee Chandrabhushan. The original screenplay written by Shanker Raman, based on a story by Chandrabhushan and starring Danny Denzongpa, Gauri, and Skalzang Angchuk. The film was shot entirely on location at Ladakh, India.
It was featured at the various international film festivals, including the 2007 London Film Festival and Dubai International Film Festival, and was the official selection at 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and 2008 San Francisco International Film Festival, and Palm Springs International Film Festival.
At the annual National Film Awards, it was awarded the 2007 Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director.
The film is a sombre journey of imaginative and impulsive teenager, Lasya (Gauri), who lives with her father Karma (Danny), an apricot jam-maker and younger brother Chomo (Angchuk) in a remote village in the Himalayas. Pristine snow-capped mountains surround their tiny hamlet and barren harsh land stretches for miles into nowhere. One day the army moves in, settles a hundred yards across their doorstep. The last bit of comfort the family draws from their familiar surroundings changes into a harsh, ceaseless, irreversible conflict. The film depicts the life of this family whose dreamlike existence is interrupted by insurmountable odds, one after the other.
- Danny Denzongpa- Karma
- Gauri - Lasya
- Aungchuk - Chomo
- Shakeel Khan - Romeo
- Rajendranath Zutshi - Dawa
- Yashpal Sharma - Sharma
- Aamir Bashir - Commanding Officer
- Denzil Smith - Tenzing
- Sanjay Swaraj - Salim
- Anuradha Baral - Sita
- Sonam Stobgias Gorky - Rinpoche
- Shilpa Shukla - Karma's Wife
- Wangchuk Dorjey Mogul - Officer Wangchuk
- Stanzin Jordan - Vicky
- Manish Mathur - Performing Artiste
The film was shot in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India in February 2006, over 34 days at an average height of 15,000 ft above sea level. The film was shot in colour and was digitally intermediated to black and white. The house where the film was picturised was built at Stakmo, behind Thiksey Monastery.
- Production company: Seagull Media Productions, Phat Phish Motion Pictures
- Production Design: Sonali Singh, Siddarth Sirohi
- Sound Design: Vivek Sachidanand 
- Art Direction: Dawa Tsering
- Costume Design: Loveleena Jain
- Editing: Shan Mohammed
Though the film had been going through Film Festival circuit since 2007 when the film was ready, its commercial release however happened in May 2009, during the stand off between producers and multiplexes, which resulted in number of films coming out of cold storage.
Awards and nominations
The film has won (or been nominated for) the following awards:
- National Film Awards
- Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director - Shivajee Chandrabhushan
- National Film Award for Best Cinematography - Shanker Raman 
- Durban International Film Festival - Best Cinematography - Shanker Raman 
- Osian-Cinefan Film Festival, Delhi - Special Jury Award 
- International Thessaloniki Film Festival - Golden Alexander (Best Film) - Shivajee Chandrabhushan
- Asian Film Award for Best Cinematographer - Shanker Raman
- FROZEN Warm Ladakhi Fare Film review
- Festival Review - Toronto International Film Festival[dead link] Hollywood Reporter, 19 September 2007.
- Dubai Film Festival 2007: FROZEN[dead link]
- Frozen 2007 efilmcritic.com.
- India/2007/Hindi, Ladakhi dialogue with English subtitles/B&W/35mm/110 mins[dead link] Dubai International Film Festival
- "Shivajee Chandrabhushan’s Frozen goes to Toronto Film Festival". Hindustan Times. 21 June 2007.
- Frozen, 110 mnts. Palm Springs International Film Festival.
- "55th NATIONAL FILM AWARDS FOR THE YEAR 2007" (PDF). Press Information Bureau (Govt. of India).
- Frozen[dead link] San Francisco International Film Festival.
- Frozen on YouTube
- Frozen ftiipeople.com.
- Film Review at Variety (magazine)
- Danny's award winning film FROZEN set for release
- Awards IMDB.
- Frozen at the Internet Movie Database
- Frozen DVD now available at DearCinema.com[dead link]
- Film Review[dead link] Passion for Cinema.
- Movie stills