Hindi film included in US varsity syllabus

Indo-Asian News Service

New York, May 23 (IANS) An Indian film for children has been included in the curriculum of a leading US university in a course that aspires to expose students to other cultures.

"Mahek", Pune director Kranti Kanade's debut film, will be screened this spring as part of the course titled "Modern India: Society, Culture and Literature" of Otterbein College at Columbus in Ohio.

"Mahek" (2007), about a little girl's journey towards self-realisation, sensitively portrays the world of children and their rights, the university said.

The introspective Hindi film, produced by the Children's Film Society of India, has been winning awards at international festivals, including the Best Film Award at the 10th Arpa Film Festival and the Best Feature Film (Family) Platinum Remi Award at the Houston Film Festival 2008.

Founded in 1847, Otterbein is one of the oldest and prestigious universities in the US.

The Modern India course taught by Jiten V. Ruparel also includes Aparna Sen's "Mr & Mrs Iyer" and Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi". Required texts include "The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cell-Phone" by Shashi Tharoor and "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri.

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