7-year old Miri sets off to deliver lunch across a desert of Salt Pyramids. She is followed by Suba, an outcast, who keeps her distance because they are not supposed to play together. What follows is a tale of friendship where the bounds of society unravel one pebble at a time. Even today, India judges with a lens of caste and religion. Paanchika (Five Pebbles) portrays how friendship survives all these social norms.

About The Film

The harrowing scenic Kharaghoda gave the Vyankatesh Madgulkar’s Bava a new voice and an inspired adaptation by its visual emotionality. The world of the film focuses only on two little girls and their scorching homeland.There is no sign of any society among the dunes but the moralistic gaze of Society is omnipresent.The friendship explored is understated in front of the complex physical and societal mazes of the depicted world.It is only understood by the unspoken bond of innocence.


About Cast

  • Aarti Thakore

    5th daughter of Karsanbhai Thakore, a hired castor oil farmer. Aartii is a 7 year old of Kharaghoda Government school and is known in her village as the brown eyed girl.

  • Anjali Thakore

    Daughter of Sukhdevbhai Thakore, an established farmer in Odu village of Gujarat. Anjali is the apple of her father’s eyes and is 9 years old and studying in the municipality school.

About Location

Kharaghoda is a census town in Surendranagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat. Under the Bombay Presidency of British Raj the government salt factory was established here under the brand name of "Bharat Salt". On the borders of Western India the village has the constant harsh temperature of 48C. The village seems like a frying pan of labour on a busy day with salt workers sweating everything out. Salt is quintessential in all food, it’s absence when present is starkly felt.Salt also when a pinch more than necessary blands all the other tastes. Kharaghoda has fists full salt. The incessant mountains and production of salt has left the air of Kharaghoda saline forever.


Ankit KothariDirector & Writer

Ankit Kothari completed his undergrad in Fine Arts and has worked as an art director in advertising agencies like Ogilvy. He was the graphic designer and assistant director to Indian films like Oye Lucky Lucky Oye(2007), Love Sex aur Dhokha(2009) and Shanghai(2011). He recently completed his stint as the First Assistant Director For Tumbbad. It was the opening film of Venice International Film Critics Week (2018). He is currently writing his feature film and is the founder of www.teambecause.com.

Kuldeep MamaniaCinematographer

Kuldeep spends his time looking through his viewfinder when he is not around his telescope doing astrophotography. Having created the haunting images and stylised lighting for Mayasabha a feature film Directed by the acclaimed Director of Tumbaad he is currently shooting for a Feature Film, Durgavati with Bhumi Pednekar.He has also won the ITA for best Videographer for the National Geographic Documentary, The Last Drop:India's water crisis.He is perpetually motivated to shoot films of all scopes and scales and is found jumping from one genre to another constantly.

Manan BhattEditor

Film editor at heart, Manan loves listening to stories & discovering photo-essays. Co-founder and creative producer at GCF he has edited documentaries like An Insignificant Man (2017), He has worked closely on films like Tumbaad and Ship of Theseus. Currently a film-maker and editor, Manan runs his own AD Agency.

Shreya Kapadia Producer

A graduate of fine arts, Shreya started out by working in the Art Departments of many popular Bollywood films. She played an instrumental role in the casting of our precious little girls by auditioning about 2000 village girls. This is her first venture as a Producer.

Pritam DasSound Designer

He is an Indian sound designer, hailing from West Bengal, India. Pritam is known for his work in movies like ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ 'Secret Superstar’ 'Shanghai' and 'Titli’. He was awarded the filmfare for ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’

Siddharth MeerColourist

Sidharth Meer is a busy man. A cursory glance through his IMDb page will apprise you of the number of films he has worked on in the past few years, in the capacity of a colourist. These titles include some of the most acclaimed Indian films of the decade: Ship of Theseus (2013), The Lunchbox (2013), Court (2015), Trapped (2017) and Newton (2017).


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