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Gattu - Poster.jpg
Directed byRajan khosa
Screenplay byAnkur Tewari
Rajan Khosa
Story byK.D. Satyam
Produced byChildren's Film Society, India
StarringMohammad Samad
Zoya Arshad
Harshit Kaushik
Sarvasva Singh Pundir
Jayanta Das
CinematographySatya Rai Nagpaul
Edited byAntara Lahiri
Music bySandesh Shandilya
Distributed byRajshri Media
Release date
  • 20 July 2012 (2012-07-20)
Running time
90 minutes[1]

Gattu is a 2012 Indian film written by K.D. Satyam[2] and directed by Rajan Khosa.[3] The film stars Mohammad Samad, Naresh Kumar, Zoya Arshad, Harshit Kaushik, Sarvasva Singh Pundir, and Jayanta Das. It premiered on 14 November 2011 at the 17th International Children's Festival of India held in Hyderabad.[4][5] Gattu had its theatrical release in India on 20 July 2012.[6][7]


Gattu is a nine-year-old orphan who works in his uncle's recycling business and is fascinated by flying kites, especially the kite Kali which has won many kite flying competitions. Gattu's desire to defeat the black kite leads him to pretend to be a student at a prestigious school. He builds a false reputation to impress his classmates while keeping his dream of conquering the black kite alive.


  • Mohammad Samad as Gattu
  • Naresh Kumar as Anees Bhai
  • Jayanta Das as School Principal
  • Zoya Arshad as Minky
  • Harshit Kaushik as Manoj
  • Sarvasva Singh Pundir as Honey Singh
  • Mohit Pandey as Sulaiman
  • Mohammad Shoaib as Chawanni
  • Mohammad Talha Sadat as Tailor Master
  • Ritika Kumar as Sunita
  • Naveen Bhatt as Kareem[8]


Gattu opened at the 17th International Children's Film Festival in Hyderabad. This film was held in high regard by critics and film reviewers all over the world.[9][10] The film received a special mention under the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk category at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.[11][12] It is one of the few Bollywood films to receive such acclaim.[13][14][15] At the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in 2012, Gattu won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature and the Honorable Mention of the Jury Award.[16][17] At the 12th Annual New York Indian Film Festival, Gattu won an award in the best Film category, and its lead actor Mohammad Samad won an award for Best Young Actor.[18][19]

Critical reception[edit] critic Nandita Dutta wrote that "Although Gattu works around the regular elements of children’s stories, it turns out to be an endearing tale of a little boy who is passionate about flying kites."[20] Mansha Rastogi of Now Running gave the movie 4/5 stars, saying that "Gattu is yet another gem that Hindi film industry can be proud of. A definite watch for people of all age groups."[21] NDTV review called it, "a delicately-threaded morality tale ",[22] Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times gave it 3.5/5 stars,[23] while Prayag Arora Desai of Rediff gave the movie 3.5/5 stars, concluding that "Gattu is a must-watch for all but most especially cynics who believe 'there is no hope for any of us'. It took Gattu just a little less than two hours to prove it."[24]

Madhureeta Mukherjee of The Times of India gave the movie 3.5/5 stars, stating that "Gattu is a must-watch for children of all ages (read: grown-ups even more). And if you think you're too grown-up for a kiddie film, go fly a kite. Maybe that's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up too soon. We should just let the little one's in us rule the world.".[25] Subhash K Jha of Indicine gave the movie 3/5 stars, saying that "Gattu carries forward the recent trend of sensible, intelligent funny and moving films about child protagonists, namely Taare Zameen Par, I Am Kalam and Stanley Ka Dabba. Add one more film to that luminous list of cinema on little wonders."[26] Blessy Chettiar of DNA India gave the movie 3/5 stars, stating that "Gattu scores high on the emotional quotient. It leaves you with a smile on your face."[27] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 3/5 stars, concluding that "On the whole, a film like GATTU speaks to both, the kids and adults. Films like these, which aren't made to appease the box office, but cater to a different audience, ought to be encouraged. For, there's life beyond zany entertainers as well!"[28]


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  5. ^ "Children's Film Festival begins its flight with Gattu". Hindustan Times. 15 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Gattu' to release on April 20". Zee News. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
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  9. ^ Young, Deborah (18 February 2012). "Gattu: Berlin Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  10. ^ Bhaskaran, Gautaman (20 February 2012). "Gautaman Bhaskaran's review: Gattu". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
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  12. ^ IANS. "Indian film Gattu wins special mention at 62nd Berlinale". India Today. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  13. ^ "Gattu Flies High at Berlinale". The Indian Express. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  14. ^ "'Gattu' gets special mention at Berlinale". The Hindu. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  15. ^ PTI. "'Gattu' gets special mention at Berlinale". The HINDU. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  16. ^ "'Gattu' gets two awards at Los Angeles film fest". News18. 18 April 2012.
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  18. ^ "New York Indian Film Festival Premieres Over Holiday Weekend". Huffington Post. 31 May 2012.
  19. ^ "Double win for Gattu at NY film fest". Hindustan Times. 29 May 2012.
  20. ^ Nandita Dutta. "DearCinema Review: Gattu".
  21. ^ Mansha Rastogi. "Gattu Review - Bollywood Movie Review by Mansha Rastogi". Now Running.
  22. ^ "Review: Gattu (Children's film)". NDTV. 20 July 2012.
  23. ^ Anupama Chopra (20 July 2012). "Anupama Chopra's review: Gattu". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012.
  24. ^ Prayag Arora Desai. "Review: Gattu is a must watch". Rediff.
  25. ^ Madhureeta Mukherjee. "Gattu Movie Review at Times of India". Times of India.
  26. ^ Subhash K Jha. "Gattu Review by Subhash K Jha". Indicine.
  27. ^ Blessy Chettiar. "Review: Gattu scores high on the emotional quotient". DNA India.
  28. ^ Taran Adarsh. "Gattu (2012) Hindi Movie Critic Review by Taran Adarsh - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama.

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