“Railway Children” is an award winning Kannada film that explores the world through the eyes of 10-year old Raju, who has left home and landed on a railway station. The film explores various themes such as abuse, sexual abuse, addiction and even gender issues. This film makes an honest attempt to explore the intimate realities of platform survival. In this world of platform-survival there are gangs, there’s drugs, there’s sexual violence, there’s entrepreneurial spirit, there’s life, there’s hope, there are helping hands and there are cruel bosses.
Though it is a fictional film, it draws inspiration from the real incidences experienced by the NGO Sathi and from the book “Rescuing Railway Children” by Lalitha Iyer and Malcolm Harper.
Honours and awards
The film premiered at the Mumbai International Film Festival in October 2016; it was the only film from Kannada competing in the India Gold Section.
Manohara K won the Award for the Best Child Actor at the 64th National Film Awards in 2017 and the 2016 Karnataka State Awards. The film was adjudged as the Second Best Film at 2016 Karnataka State Awards.
”Railway Children” was showcased at the 57th Zlin Film Festival – International Film Festival for Children and Youth held in Czech Republic in May 2017. The film received a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury Zlin 2017.