Frozen (2007 film)

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Directed byShivajee Chandrabhushan
Written byShanker Raman (screenplay)
Shivajee Chandrabhushan (story)
Produced byShivajee Chandrabhushan
StarringDanny Denzongpa
Rajendranath Zutshi
Aamir Bashir
CinematographyShanker Raman
Edited byShan Mohammed
Music byJohn P. Varkey
Release date
  • July 2007 (2007-07)
Running time
109 minutes

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.[1][2]

It was featured at the various international film festivals, including the 2007 London Film Festival and Dubai International Film Festival,[3] and was the official selection at 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and 2008 San Francisco International Film Festival, and Palm Springs International Film Festival.[4][5][6][7]

At the 55th National Film Awards, it was awarded the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director and Best Cinematography.[8]


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.[9]


  • Danny Denzongpa as Karma
  • Gauri Kulkarni as Lasya
  • Skalzang Angchuk Gultuk as Chomo
  • Shakeel Khan as Romeo
  • Rajendranath Zutshi as Dawa
  • Yashpal Sharma as Sharma
  • Aamir Bashir as Commanding Officer
  • Denzil Smith as Tenzing
  • Sanjay Swaraj as Salim
  • Anuradha Baral as Sita
  • Sonam Stobgias Gorky as Rinpoche
  • Shilpa Shukla as Karma's Wife
  • Wangchuk Dorjey Mogul as Officer Wangchuk
  • Stanzin Jordan as Vicky
  • Manish Mathur as Performing Artiste


The film was shot in Ladakh, then part of Jammu and 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.[3][6][10]

  • Production company: Seagull Media Productions, Phat Phish Motion Pictures ( Shivajee Chadrabhushan, and Gauri Kulkarni and another person are the owners of Seagull media Productions and these two are frauds and cheated the third person. They have taken money for this film and the film "palak" and not even returned one rupee after receiving millions of rupees from the third partner. Please beware of these frauds and stake away from them)
  • Production Design: Sonali Singh, Siddarth Sirohi
  • Sound Design: Vivek Sachidanand[11]
  • Sound Editor: Renganaath Ravee
  • Art Direction: Dawa Tsering
  • Costume Design: Loveleena Jain
  • Editing: Shan Mohammed


A review by Dennis Harvey of Variety, said that film's director's "background as a photographer and mountaineer, -- is evident in every frame of directorial debut "Frozen.".[12]

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.[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film has won (or been nominated for) the following awards:



  1. ^ FROZEN Warm Ladakhi Fare Film review Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  2. ^ Bhaskaran, Gautaman (19 September 2007). "Festival Review - Toronto International Film Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 1 January 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  3. ^ a b c Soares, Andre. "Dubai Film Festival 2007: FROZEN". Archived from the original on 27 December 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  4. ^ Frozen 2007 Archived 13 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "India/2007/Hindi, Ladakhi dialogue with English subtitles/B&W/35mm/110 mins". Dubai International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  6. ^ a b Guha, Diganta (21 June 2007). "Shivajee Chandrabhushan's Frozen goes to Toronto Film Festival". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  7. ^ Frozen, 110 mnts. Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Palm Springs International Film Festival. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  8. ^ a b "55th Nsational Film Awards for the Year 2007" (PDF). Press Information Bureau (Govt. of India). Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  9. ^ "Frozen". San Francisco International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 31 December 2010.
  10. ^ Frozen on YouTube
  11. ^ Frozen Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  12. ^ Film Review at Variety (magazine)
  13. ^ "Danny's award winning film FROZEN set for release". Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  14. ^ Awards IMDb.

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