Set in a world full of vibrant music and color, Shilpa Ranade’s magical film is an animated adaptation of a cherished children’s classic, and a remake of one of Indian master Satyajit Ray’s most beloved works. With an anti-war message at its heart, this timeless fable premiered to great acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival.
The film follows the misadventures of Goopi and Bagha, two musicians banished from their villages for their ear-splitting music. Their cacophony, however, enthralls the King of Ghosts, who grants them four magical boons. Thanks to their new gifts, Goopi and Bagha are appointed court musicians in the neighboring kingdom of Shundi, only to be drawn in to courtly intrigue and politics. It will be up to them to use their boons (and their brains!) to prevent war between two brothers — and win the hands of two beautiful princesses.
Ranade’s imaginative and textured animation brings a unique vision to this inventive and heartwarming film full of humor, spirit, and kindness.