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About Lucky

Runtime: 100 minutes

Language: English

Genre: Drama

A 10-year-old South African orphan leaves his Zulu village to make his own life in the city… only to find no one will help him, except a formidable Indian woman.

Cast: Vusi Kunene as Dumisani Mduduzi Mabaso as Bongile Mary Twala as Dudu Jayashree Basavaraj as Padma Sihle Dlamini as Lucky James Ngcobo as Jabulani Brenda Ngxoli as Lindiwe Jabu Tshabalala as Sindile

Awards:

Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

Winner Narrative Competition Best Actress Jayashree Basavaraj

Nominee Black Pearl Award Best Narrative Feature Avie Luthra

Buster International Children's Film Festival 2012

Winner Best Buster Award Danish Writer's Guild's Best Screenplay for Children Avie Luthra

Fribourg International Film Festival 2012

Nominee Grand Prix Avie Luthra

Giffoni Film Festival 2012

Winner Arca Cinemagiovani Award Avie Luthra (director), How Town Film Productions (co-production company) ,Out of Africa Entertainment (co-productrion company)

Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012

Nominee SIGNIS Award Avie Luthra

South African Film and Television Awards 2013

Nominee SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actress - Feature Film Jayashree Basavaraj

Director: Avie Luthra

Avie Luthra is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He began his filmmaking with a short film entitled Baby which won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Student Film in 2002. His second film entitled Cross My Heart was awarded special commendation by London Film Festival TCM Shorts in 2002. His screenwriting credits include episodes of The Canterbury Tales in 2003 and the screenplay for the film Indian Dream. He wrote One Night in Bhopal, a documentary for the British Broadcasting Corporation, in 2004. His short film, Lucky, about a South African AIDS orphan, premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival and got a special mention at the AFI Festival in Los Angeles. Lucky was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film in 2006.
He is currently working on an adaptation of Preethi Nair’s book, A Hundred Shades of White, for the BBC.
As of October 2007, he was in pre-production for his first feature film, “Mad, Sad & Bad”. Meera Syal and Nitin Ganatra are cast in the lead parts and the film is being produced by Bex Hopkins, who produced ‘Cross My Heart’ and ‘Lucky’, and Christine Alderson for Ipso Facto Films and Roister Doister Films.
He is also a psychiatrist.