Frozen is a 2007 black-and-white Indian drama film directed by Shivajee Chandrabhushan. The original screenplay written by Shanker Raman, based on a story by Chandrabhushan and starring Danny Denzongpa, Gauri, and Skalzang Angchuk. The film was shot entirely on location at Ladakh, India.
It was featured at the various international film festivals, including the 2007 London Film Festival and Dubai International Film Festival, and was the official selection at 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and 2008 San Francisco International Film Festival, and Palm Springs International Film Festival.
At the annual National Film Awards, it was awarded the 2007 Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director.
The film is a sombre journey of imaginative and impulsive teenager, Lasya (Gauri), who lives with her father Karma (Danny), an apricot jam-maker and younger brother Chomo (Angchuk) in a remote village in the Himalayas. Pristine snow-capped mountains surround their tiny hamlet and barren harsh land stretches for miles into nowhere. One day the army moves in, settles a hundred yards across their doorstep. The last bit of comfort the family draws from their familiar surroundings changes into a harsh, ceaseless, irreversible conflict. The film depicts the life of this family whose dreamlike existence is interrupted by insurmountable odds, one after the other.Danny Denzongpa- Karma
Gauri Kulkarni- Lasya
-Skalzang Angchuk Gultuk- Chomo
Shakeel kHan - Romeo
Rajendranath Zutshi - Dawa
Yashpal Sharma - Sharma
Aamir Bashir - Commanding Officer
Denzil Smith - Tenzing
Sanjay Swaraj - Salim
Anuradha Baral - Sita
Sonam Stobgias Gorky - Rinpoche
Shilpa Shukla - Karma's Wife
Wangchuk Dorjey Mogul - Officer Wangchuk
Stanzin Jordan - Vicky
Manish Mathur - Performing Artiste
The film was shot in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India in February 2006, over 34 days at an average height of 15,000 ft above sea level. The film was shot in colour and was digitally intermediated to black and white. The house where the film was picturised was built at Stakmo, behind Thiksey Monastery.Production company: Seagull Media Productions, Phat Phish Motion Pictures
Production Design: Sonali Singh, Siddarth Sirohi
Sound Design: Vivek Sachidanand
Art Direction: Dawa Tsering
Costume Design: Loveleena Jain
Editing: Shan Mohammed
A review by Dennis Harvey of Variety, said that film's director's "background as a photographer and mountaineer, -- is evident in every frame of directorial debut "Frozen.".
Though the film had been going through Film Festival circuit since 2007 when the film was ready, its commercial release however happened in May 2009, during the stand off between producers and multiplexes, which resulted in number of films coming out of cold storage.
The film has won (or been nominated for) the following awards:Won
National Film Awards
Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director - Shivajee Chandrabhushan
National Film Award for Best Cinematography - Shanker Raman
Durban International Film Festival - Best Cinematography - Shanker Raman
Osian-Cinefan Film Festival, Delhi - Special Jury Award
International Thessaloniki Film Festival - Golden Alexander (Best Film) - Shivajee Chandrabhushan
Asian Film Award for Best Cinematographer - Shanker Raman