Killa (English: The Fort) is a 2014 Indian Marathi drama film directed by Avinash Arun. The film revolves around an 11-year-old seventh grade boy 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. 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. The film was released on 26 June 2015.
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.
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