Dubai-based director Sasha John’s film Jacob’s Pond, which premiered at the 16th New York Indian Film Festival and was received warmly, has secured a Best Child Actor nomination for Naman Jain.
Jain, whose credits include Hindi feature films Raanjhanaa and Bombay Talkies, plays the role of Iqbal, a 12-year-old pickpocket who strikes an unlikely friendship with an older man, in Jacob’s Pond.
Jacob Pond is a story about the loneliness that people face in a big city and looks into the friendship between a young boy and a 60-year-old man.
“Making lasting connections with people is always what I try and covey with my films,” said John in a statement.
“This is a story about unlikely relationships, and I think in a country as diverse and unpredictable as India, what makes us truly Indian is the ability to empathise with a stranger’s story,” she added.
John, who has also written the screen play for the film, is a student of Columbia University in New York and is now working on a feature film, set in Kerala.