Jeerjimbe

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Jeerjimbe
Directed byKarthik Saragur
Written byKarthik Saragur
StarringSiri Vanalli
Lavanya
Suman Nagarkar
Music byCharan Raj
CinematographyBalaji Manohar
Edited byPradeep Nayak
Production
company
Pushkar Films
Beehive Productions
Release date
  • 2016 (2016)
CountryIndia
LanguageKannada

Jeerjimbe (Kannada: ಜೀರ್ಜಿಂಬೆ) is a 2016 Indian Kannada-language film directed by Karthik Saragur and produced by Beehive Productions in collaboration with Pushkara Mallikarjunaiah. The music was composed by Charan Raj.

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Plot[edit]

Jeerjimbe follows the trail of a schoolgirl Rudri - carefree as a butterfly, whose single-minded wish in life is to ride a bicycle of her own. Till she discovers life, and the complexities and struggles that beleaguer a teenager in rural India, that is. Astride her government-issued bicycle, Rudri persists past the ups and downs facing her, and asserts her selfhood, identity and agency in face of child marriage and other societal constraints.

Production[edit]

In an interview with Times of India, the director said, "Jeerjimbe is a story of adventures of a 13-year-old girl from a remote village in Karnataka. The story is based on the emotional struggles of a girl when a bicycle enters her life as part of the free cycles programmes provided by the government to all high-school children in rural areas"[1]. The film was made through a crowd funding campaign and was later backed by producer Pushkara Mallikarjunaiah[2].

Reception[edit]

The theatre release of Jeerjimbe elicited rave reviews . The Indian Express hailed Jeerjimbe as one “those films which makes us believe in our dreams. And it does so effortlessly, given the complexities of human emotions during such a journey”[3]. The popular film portal “Film Companion” called Jeerjimbe a “deeply empowering social drama”[4]. Times of India likened the film “to the cinema one experiences from Iran or Italy, where the narrative is subtle and realistic"[5]. The Bangalore Mirror emphasized that Jeerjimbe is a film “that children can enjoy, grownups can empathise with and a discernible mind would appreciate”[6].

Accolades[edit]

2016 Karnataka State Film Awards

This film won four Karnataka State Film Awards, the most for any film in 2016.[7]

  • Best Children's Film
  • Best Lyricist – Karthik Saragur
  • Best Music – Charan Raj
  • Best Child Actor – Siri Vanalli

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