Neelkanth (film)

Neelkanth (Gujarati: નીલકંઠ Hindi: नीलकंठ) is a feature film based on childhood story of Swaminarayan. The film has true inspiring story of 11 years old teenage yogi, "Neelkanth", who renounced his home and took an extraordinary spiritual - incredible pilgrimage on the foot across the length and breath of India. This is story of struggle, determination, kindness, courage, compassion, austerity, adventure, faith, fearlessness and survival of child.

Neelkanth
Directed byHitesh Raval,
Mahendra Varsani
Produced byKanji Varsani, Mahendra Samatrai
Screenplay byMahendra Varsani
Story byMahendra Varsani
Bhuj Mandir
Starring
  • Purva Joshi
  • Hitesh Raval
  • Atul Patel
  • Happy Bhavsar
  • Bhargav Joshi
Narrated byAshish Kakkad
Music byRanjit
CinematographyHaresh P. Shah
Edited bySunil Vaghela
Production
company
Mahendra Varsani Creation Co.
Distributed byMahendra Varsani Creation Co.
Release date
  • 13 July 2012 (2012-07-13)
Running time
127 minute
CountryIndia
LanguageGujarati

PlotEdit

The movie begins with the heart touching montage "India, the country rich with the most ancient culture in the world. ShriRam, the Maryada Purushottam (The supreme human being with regard to observing the restrictions laid down by the society), and Yogeshwar (The God of Yoga) Shri Krushra took incarnation. The period from 1707 to 1858 was particularly difficult. Anarchy prevailed everywhere. Intrigued by the British policy to divide and rule the states are fighting with one another. Holy men have become pompous and hypocrite to serve their own ends. Unscrupulous people in the disguise of holy men roam everywhere to cheat and loot the people. It is the same land where women were elevated to the status of goddess but now they are subjected to heinous cruelty. In the blind desire to have a son, they drown the girl child in milk immediately after her birth. The evil practice of 'Sati' - a widowed woman immolating herself on the pyre of her deceased husband - has become deep rooted. Chaos and anarchy are all-pervading because of ignorance and lack of spiritual understanding. India awaits a reformer."

The film shows true life story of Swaminarayan from his birth, Ghanashyama's gracious-amiable Leela. After death of his parents, on 29 June 1792, Neelkanth begins his journey of awakening. Having resolved to embrace the challenges of nature, he leaves his home in the city of Ayodhya at the age of 11. Neelkanth walks alone into the cold stormy night, wearing nothing over his shoulders or under his feet. Neelkanth took very few possessions with him on his journey. Known articles include a loin cloth, "a rosary, a kerchief, a piece of cloth for filtering water, a small manuscript and inner courage, confidence and a silent spiritual strength."[1] At the Saryu River, Kaliddatt's fellows Kaushikdatt and other devils throw him in river. Neelkanth is swept away, leaving behind all that was familiar. He took an extraordinary spiritual - incredible journey across the India. He walked alone, barefoot and bare body continuously. This is story of struggle, determination, kindness, courage, compassion, austerity, adventure, faith, fearlessness and survival of child. Neelkanth walked 12,000 kilometers around the Indian subcontinent over a span of 7 years. The Film is ended with continuous journey of the child and to be continued for Part 2.

CastEdit

  • Purva Joshi as Neelkanth, Ghanshyam
  • Hitesh Raval as Kalidatt
  • Atul Patel as Pibek
  • Happy Bhavsar as Bhaktidevi
  • Bhargav Joshi as Dharmadev
  • Sachin Brahmbhatt as Rampratap
  • Priyanka Bhavanandi as Suvasini
  • Nilu Pathak as Brahman Stri
  • Anirudhdhsinh Gohil as Manaskhau Rakshak
  • Haresh Dagiya as Sweet Vendor
  • Kaushika Goswami as Maya Rani
  • Prabhakar Shukla as Muni

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The film was made with sole aim to spread knowledge, spirituality and inspire people by childhood charitra of Swamianrayan. The film's story adopted from holy books of Swaminarayan sect. (Shree Hari Charitramrut, Shree Hari Van Vicharan, Shrimad Satsangee Jeevan). The film's pre production was started in October 2010. The Script was made under kind guidance of Shree Swaminarayan Temple - Bhuj (Kutch).[2]

FilmingEdit

The film shot in Kutch, Gandhinagar and Baroda. The film was shot at 30 different locations in 42 days. The unit has done Muhurt shot in Shree Nar Narayandev Temple - Bhuj Kutch in January 2011. The film was shot in real location of Kutch - Gujarat and on set made by unit in Baroda. The whole film shoot was completed in end of May 2011.

SoundtrackEdit

Neelkanth
Soundtrack album by
Mahendra Samatrai Creation Co.
Released26 September 2011 (2011-09-26)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length27:36
LabelMahendra Varsani Creation Co.
ProducerKanji Varsani
Track list
No.TitleLyricsArtist(s)Length
1."He Brahmnayak Dev Morari"Gordhan VeghadArun Rajyaguru, Kritika Jani4:58
2."O Ghanashyam"Gordhan VeghadKritika Jani5:20
3."Varni Karie Vandan"Gordhan VeghadPraful Dave5:36
4."O Natvar Nana"Gordhan VeghadPraful Dave, Kritika Jani4:22
5."Bhakti Amari"Gordhan VeghadChild Chorus4:08
Total length:23:44

ReleaseEdit

The premier celebration was held for Saints at mini theater of Shree Nar Narayandev Temple - Bhuj and cinema premier on 13 July 2012 with the presence of Saints, Local Politicians, Actors and other honorable people.[3][4][5][6][7]

The movie was initially released at Bhuj. After great response in the first week,[8] The movie was released in Gujarat, India. The film was also screened in Australia.[9][10]

ReceptionEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Neelkanth received 6 awards and 14 nominations[specify] in categories ranging from the film itself to its direction, cinematography, screenplay, music and acting.[11][12][13][14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Manilal C., Parekh (1980). Shri Svaminarayan (3rd ed.). Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
  2. ^ "Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj".
  3. ^ "ભુજ સ્વામિનારાયણ મંદિર દ્રારા ૧૩મીએ નીલકંઠ ફિલ્મ રજુ થશે". Aam Tak News Paper. 11 July 2012.
  4. ^ "નીલકંઠ ચલચિત્રનો ૧૩મીએ ભુજમાં પ્રીમિયર શો". Kutch UdayNews Paper. 11 July 2012.
  5. ^ "ફિલ્મ "નીલકંઠ"નો શુક્રવારે ભુજમાં પ્રીમિયર શો". Vavad News Paper. 11 July 2012.
  6. ^ "ભુજ સ્વામિનારાયણ મંદિર દ્રારા ૧૩મીએ નીલકંઠ ફિલ્મ રજુ થશે". Kutchmitra News Paper. 12 July 2012.
  7. ^ "स्वामिनारायण पर बनी फिल्म का प्रीमियर आज". Rajasthan Patrika. 13 July 2012.
  8. ^ "ભાવિકો ફિલ્મ નિહાળી રોમાંચિત થયા". Divya Bhaskar.
  9. ^ "Neelkanth,Gujarati religious movie in Melbourne". India2Australia. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Neelkanth Promo". YouTube.
  11. ^ "ભુજ સ્વામિનારાયણ મંદિર દ્રારા પ્રસ્તુત "નીલકંઠ"ને ટ્રાન્સમીડિયા એવોર્ડ". Kutchmitra. 23 February 2013.
  12. ^ Lalji Hirani (23 February 2013). "Gujarati Film Nominated in 11 categories: Divya Bhaskar". Divya Bhaskar.
  13. ^ Bhaskar News (8 July 2014). "ભુજમાં ગોલી,બોલી અને હોલીવુડનો જમાવડો : ભાસ્કર ન્યુઝ, ભુજ". Divya Bhaskar.
  14. ^ Ano Patel (8 July 2014). "Neelkanth wins the Best Feature Film award at the Kutch Film Screen Award-2014". Times of India.

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