It is the year 2008. In a small village in rural India lives 10-year-old Pintu.
Pintu is anguished. His father, a brave policeman, has just died in the line of duty, fighting Naxalites.
He fought bravely till the end, killing two Naxalites. Why then, Pintu wonders, did he not get the recognition of a ‘shaheed’ (national hero).
Everywhere Pintu goes, he hears about the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, and how the officers who died fighting off the terrorists were awarded and recognised, and their families honoured.
His father was a shaheed too, who died for the country. Why didn’t his father get a bravery award? Why didn’t anyone light a candle for his father? Why didn’t anyone offer flowers as homage?
On the contrary, his mother has to make multiple fruitless trips to the lawyer’s office because the only earning member of the family is gone. They have no money and paperwork is getting in the way of the pension and compensation due to them.
And then, Pintu makes a decision. He will do for this father what no one did.
It is a story of innocence, determination and courage.
‘Mombatti’ was featured at the 64th Cannes Film Festival (Short Film Corner), the 42nd International Film Festival Of India (IFFI), the 4th Jaipur International Film Festival, the 5th International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala, the 1st Ladakh International Film Festival, the 11th International Social Communication Cinema Conference, and the Bangalore Short Film Festival, 2012 where it won Best Short Film.