A captivating animated adaptation of a cherished children’s classic, this timeless fable is the story of Goopi and Bagha, a pair of musicians gifted with magical powers by the King of Ghosts.

TIFF Kids

The World of Goopi and Bagha

Shilpa Ranade

The classic Indian children's story Goopi Gyne Bagha Byne is reinterpreted in this animated Hindi version directed by Shilpa Ranade, set in a magical world rich in music, adventure, fine food, and friendship.

Banished from their respective kingdoms for causing a disruption with their cacophonous musical "talents," singer Goopi and the dholak-playing Bagha accidentally meet deep in the heart of the forest. While trying to scare off a tiger by singing and drumming, their ear-splitting music warms the ears of the ghosts and spirits who live there. Somehow enthralled by their dreadful music, the king of the ghosts grants them four magical boons and sends them on to new lives in the neighbouring Kingdom of Shundi. Thanks to their new gifts, Goopi and Bagha are appointed the court musicians, but are quickly caught up in a dispute between the King of Shundi and his long-lost brother. It will be up to them to use their boons (and their brains!) to prevent war between the kingdoms — and win the hands of two beautiful princesses.

The unique vibrancy of Goopi and Bagha's world comes courtesy of Ranade, a veteran children's content creator and professor of animation, who enriches the film's painterly style with a technique involving cloth textures that lends a distinctive look and feel. Of course, music is instrumental to the narrative, and the film boasts lyrics by Rohit Gahlowt and original songs composed by 3 Brothers & A Violin that are sure to keep you singing and tapping along with the lovable musicians. The World of Goopi and Bagha is an inventive and heartwarming film full of twists, humour, spirit, and kindness.

ELIZABETH MUSKALA

This film is recommended for ages 9 and up.

N.B. Threat of violence

The World of Goopi and Bagha will be presented in Hindi with English subtitles.

Screenings

Thu Sep 05

Scotiabank 8

Industry
3:30pm
Sat Sep 07

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
4:00pm
Thu Sep 12

Scotiabank 6

Industry
10:15am
Sun Sep 15

Scotiabank 10

Regular
3:15pm