Kranti Kanade

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Kranti Kanade

Kranti Kanade is a filmmaker from India. His filmography includes CRD, Gandhi of the Month, Mahek and Chaitra.[1] He studied at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and FTII (Film and Television Institute of India).



Set in the world of College Theatre, CRD probes fascism and fierce competition in arts with a wildly innovative narrative style. It premiered at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles to rave reviews followed by screenings at the London Indian Film Festival and Stuttgart Indian Film Festival. Acclaimed film critic Namrata Joshi of The Hindu called CRD "Bold, brilliant, subversive, charming and fearless, and something that no Indian film has done before."[2]

Gandhi of the Month[edit]

Gandhi of the Month stars legendary actor Harvey Keitel, Neeraj Kabi and luminous other Indian actors. It is about an American schoolmaster in India struggling to protect his students from fundamentalists. The screenplay won the IFFLA Film Fund Grant instituted by the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.[3] The first draft was mentored by Oscar winner Danis Tanovic, Bernd Lichtenberg (Good Bye Lenin!), Olivia Hetreed and Anjum Rajabali (Rajneeti).[citation needed]


Mahek, a children's film, is about 11-yr old girl who dreams of becoming the very best at everything, but is unsure of how to achieve her goals. It premiered at the BFI London Film Festival to affectionate reviews. Rachel Dwyer called it "A Gem of a film", Maithili Rao called it "A rare combination of sensitivity and gentle humour." Invited to festivals around the world, it received awards in Hollywood and Houston.[4] It was Best Children's Film Nominee at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia and shown as part of syllabus at Otterbein University in USA.[5][citation needed]


Chaitra, a graduation thesis film, is based on the story by legendary Marathi author G. A. Kulkarni. Set in the traditional haldi-kunku festival, it intertwines themes of poetic justice and destiny. It won five National Film Awards including Best Short Film, Best Music for Short Film (Pt Bhaskar Chandavarkar) and Special Jury Award for Acting (Sonali Kulkarni).[6] It won two National Awards at MIFF Film Festival.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Cinematic Kranti! | Business Line". 6 June 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
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  3. ^ "Kranti Kanade's film to begin in March, Harvey Keitel will play lead". 14 February 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  4. ^ "> All About Cinema... > Indian children's films win accolades in Houston". 25 April 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
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  6. ^ "PIB Press Releases". 26 July 2002. Retrieved 8 November 2013.

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