By Santosh SIVAN


Drama - Completed 2008

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • INDIA
    • Languages
    • HINDI
    • Duration
    • 95 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Santosh SIVAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Santosh SIVAN, Ritesh MENON, Paul HARDART
    • Producer(s)
    • Shripal MORAKHIA (IDream Production), Mubina RATTONSEY (Santosh Sivan Films), Ashish BHATNAGAR (IDream Production)
    • Synopsis
    • “Tahaan- A boy with a grenade” is a fable-like journey of an 8year old boy, whose life revolves around his pursuit to find purpose in his little world.
      Tahaan (Purav Bhandare) lives with his grandfather (Victor Banerjee), his mother Haba (Sarika) and older sister Zoya (Sana Shaikh) in the serene meadows of Kashmir. They live in hope that someday his father, who’s been missing for over 3 years, will return.
      The death of his grandfather, leads the local money lender Lalaji and his manager Kuka (Rahul Khanna) to take away the animals against repayment of a pending loan. Now, life for him, his mother and sister takes a turn towards rougher pastures. For Tahaan, bringing his donkey back home becomes his purpose.
      After various efforts at money making, he approaches Lalaji with the hope to regain his lost asset but is devastated to learn that an old man Subhan Darr (Anupam Kher) has bought Birbal and taken him across the mountains. The mountains from where Tahaan’s father never returned.
      Tahaan chases after Subhan. The prophetic old man doesn’t befriend Tahaan at first but slowly warms up to this energetic and determined soul. His long time helper Zafar (Rahul Bose), a 35 yr old boorish man constantly bullies Tahaan.
      By the end of the journey Tahaan is further disheartened when Subhan gifts Birbal to his orphaned 8 year old nephew.
      On his way back home, Tahaan encounters a teenage lad Idrees, who convinces him that his efforts would never be sufficient to get Birbal back. He promises to get Birbal back. All Tahaan will have to do is carry a package across the mountains on his next journey. Seeing Tahaan’s eagerness, Idrees also hands him a grenade. He tells him that when the time is right he will be told what is to be done.
      Tahaan sets off on his second journey with Subhan and Zafar. The grenade and package tucked away under Birbal’s saddle. They cross the check posts with ease. They now reach Subhan’s house marking the end of the journey.
      Yasin talks to Tahaan about his parents who are no more. Tahaan confesses to Yasin that Birbal was a gift to him from his father.
      Idrees manages to find Tahaan alone and collects the package. He tells Tahaan to keep the grenade and gives him a few final instructions promising him Birbal.
      The grenade in hand, Tahaan walks through a crowd of tourists and eventually lands up near the fence of an army camp. As he pulls out the pin off the grenade, a door opens revealing a bunch of men inside.
      Tahaan is now at a crossroad where his ultimate decision would determine his fate… “Will he get Birbal back?”….