Killa (film)

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Killa Film Poster.jpg
Film Poster
Directed by Avinash Arun
Produced by Nishant Roy Bombarde
Alan McAlex
Vishesh Agrawal
Sajid Mansuri
Akshay M. Musle
Madhukar R. Musle
Ajay Rai
Written by Tushar Paranjape
Dialogues: Upendra Sidhaye
Starring Archit Deodhar
Parth Bhalerao
Gaurish Gawade
Atharva Upasni
Amruta Subhash
Music by Naren Chandavakar
Benedict Taylor
Cinematography Avinash Arun
Edited by Charu Shree Roy
Distributed by JAR Pictures
Release date
  • 26 June 2015 (2015-06-26)
Running time
107 minutes
Country India
Language Marathi
Box office 10 crore (US$1.4 million)[1]

Killa (English: The Fort) is a 2015 Indian Marathi drama film directed by Avinash Arun. The film revolves around a 11-year-old child struggling to cope with the death of his father and his journey into coming of age.

The film was selected for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Crystal Bear by the Children's Jury in the Generation KPlus Selection.[2] At the 62nd National Film Awards in March 2015, the film won the Best Feature Film in Marathi award. The actor Parth Bhalerao received Special Mention for his role in this film and Bhoothnath Returns.[3] The film was released on 26 June 2015.[4]



A 11-year-old Indian boy who has just lost his father is forced to adapt to a new school in a small village, after his mother is transferred or transfers from the city of Pune. The story is about how he copes and his transformation or coming of age on a day by day basis. It is also about the pressures that his mother has to deal with, both as a single mother and at work.

Setting and Filming Locations[edit]

The film is set in a village on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, not far from Ratnagiri, with mentions of Pune as the city they just moved from, and Satara as the town they are moving to at the end of the film.

The fort shown in the film is Jaigad Fort or Purnagad Fort, both in the Ratnagiri District, the lighthouse is Jaigad Lighthouse, and general filming takes place in villages in this district, according to information on Quora.[5][6][7][8]


The idea for Killa came to Avinash Arun when he was in the FTII and his father kept having to be transferred from job to job. Arun had a difficult time finding work as a cinematographer. So he decided to pitch his idea to a fellow student Tushar Paranjape, who ended up turning it into a full script. When Indian indie production company JAR Pictures showed desire to fund independent cinema from up-and-coming directors, Avinash Arun told them about his story in March 2013. The company decided to greenlight the project, and it went into production after four months.[9]


The movie was released in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa on 26 June 2015 in 225 screens.[10] It was released in France (as Fortet) on 7 October 2015 and in Sweden (as La forteresse) at the Göteborg Film Festival in January 2015.


Award/Festival Category Result
62nd National Film Awards[11] Best Feature Film in Marathi Won
Special Mention (Feature Film) for Parth Bhalerao Won
Berlin Film Festival Crystal Bear - Best Film Generation KPlus Section Won
Berlin Film Festival Special Mention - Generation KPlus Section Won
Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Youth Feature Film Nominated


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  2. ^ "Killa wins Crystal Bear". Variety Magazine. 2014-02-15. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  3. ^ "62nd National Film Awards for 2014 (Press Release)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-25.
  4. ^ "Killa Releases in June". Killa Facebook Page. 2014-02-15. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  5. ^ "What are the exact shooting locations of Marathi film Killa?", [Retrieved 11 June 2018].
  6. ^ See photos in entry on Jaigad Fort at Ratnagiri Tourist site. [Retrieved 11 June 2018].
  7. ^ See photos in entry on Purnagad Fort at Ratnagiri Tourist site. [Retrieved 11 June 2018].
  8. ^ See entries on Jaigad Lighthouse on HelloTravel and TripAdvisor India. [Retrieved 11 June 2018].
  9. ^ "Avinash Arun Talks Killa". Indian Express. 2014-10-20. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
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  11. ^ "62st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.

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