Make a Wish with Manika Sharma and Shabana Azmi

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Mumbai, July 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) With a strong message of importance of preserving trees and generally our environment, Kalpavriksh tells a story of five kids who fight back against demolition of a tree (the wishing tree or "kalpvriksh").

Indian acting powerhouse Shabana Azmi appears in the film in a lead role, along with Saurabh Shukla, Makrand Deshpande, Rajit Kapoor, Vrajesh Hirjee, Shernaz Patel, Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, Bobby Darling, Navniit Nisshan, Raj Zutshi, Jaya Bhattacharrya and others. The five kids are played by the young actors Harshpreet Kaur, Shivani Joshi, Mark Shaw, Abhas Yadav and Aditya Manghani.

The film is directed by Manika Sharma and produced by Raajaysh Chetwal.The music director is Sandesh Shandilya and playback singing is by Sunidhi Chauhan. The songs are an integral part of the film.

A Rhombus Productions presentation, the film was shot in some spectacularly challenging locations. A gigantic tree was also artificially built for the movie.

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