Release dateJuly 2012 (2012-07) (Cannes)
August 31, 2012 (2012-08-31) (India) WriterProtiqe Mojoomdar (lyricist), Sameer Gautam Singh (dialogue), Deepak Venkatesha, Deepak Venkatesha (story) SongsNeeli Neeli Khili Khili Si Duniya CastTannishtha Chatterjee, Parvin Dabas, Rajendra Gupta, Lehar Khan, Harsh Mayar Similar moviesWith Love Tumhara
TaglineWhere would you be if your mother was not allowed to be born?
Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid is an 2012 Indian film directed by Nila Madhab Panda. Like I Am Kalam it is also a children's cinema where Lehar Khan, Krishang Trivedi and Harsh Mayar (who won the National Film Awards for the best child artist in 2010) are on lead as child artists and Parvin Dabas, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Rahul Singh, Suhasini Mulay and V.M. Badola are on supporting roles.
The movie centered on the issue of female foeticide is an adventure film, which is screened at Marche du Cannes film festival.
The movie has been nominated at the prestigious Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). The sixth APSA ceremony will be organised at Queensland, Australia on 23 November 2012. The movie has been sent to the Academy of Motion Pictures as a direct entry for the Oscar Awards in the foreign film category. Recently the film received the prestigious Audience Choice Award in Minsk International Film Festival in Belarus & selected as an official entry for International Film Festival in Montreal which will take place in March 2013. The film also won MIP Junior Kids Jury Award at Cannes in October 2012.
A well-heeled family from tiny neighborhood of New Delhi travels from the city through dusty roads that lead into the Madhogarh village, district Mahendragarh in Haryana, far out and buried in the debris of the past. Shreya, the tomboy of the family, finally arrives at her father’s village for the first time during her vacations, that too after coaxing her father, Dev, to the best of her abilities. She and her brother, Sam, had, in their imagination, spun the village right out of a fairytale, replete with streams, lakes and grasslands that will allow them to run free. But all they find are dusty alleys, dried up ponds and hostile playmates until they spin their magic and befriend this unknown place, especially some of its people, like the Pehelwan and the gang of kids led by Ajithe. The story revolves around Shreya and Sam’s adventures and misadventures which turn this dull place bereft of water into a land of enchantment, mischief and a million exciting exploits. But unknown places have many secrets, and here too, secret lurk at every corner. Strangely behaving villagers, a witch whom everyone seems to be terrified of, and a no-access zone beyond the hills intrigue Shreya, more so after housemaid Shabri tells her various mysterious stories about the village. Then, one night, Shreya sees Shabri and her husband Trilochan slink away, and starts following them, only to find out a horrifying secret the village harbors. At the end, they are shocked to know that the village kills girl children before they are born and blame the witch.