The animation film produced by the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) of IIT Bombay has won the Rajat Kamal Award for the Best Animation Film at the National Film Awards, 2017. The name of IIT Bombay’s film that was honoured at the 64th National Film Awards was ‘Hum Chitra Banate Hai’.
The theme of the movie revolves around the traditional art forms of India. Nina Sabnani of the IDC was the director of the movie and the animation inputs were given by Shyam Sunder Chaterjee and Piyush Verma.
As per the press release of IIT Bombay, the film embraced the vibrant art created by artists communities of India after laborious hours of handiwork and minute detailing. The film also highlights various cultures and traditions behind these art forms.
The press release also stated that the film can be perceived as a visual and colourful version of Sabnani’s research paper.
This film is a representation of the Bhil tribe myth of the Jhabua district, Madhya Pradesh. Animation has been used as a tool to empower the local communities.
Sabnani has directed two other films apart from this. Her first film was about the four Madhubani paintings whereas her second film was an ode to her father.
IIT Bombay has been one of the centres of innovative creations and research. Recently the institute had launched the Indian language keyboard.
Students of the institute are constantly involved in research initiatives along with their mentors. However, this award is the first of its kind for the institute as film making is an unexplored field for the institute.