Education Blog

Viewing: Dhanak (Rainbow)

By Emily Ohara, Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator 06.10.20

Dhanak (Rainbow) 

106 min. 2015. India. Hindi. PG.

Recommended Age: 8+

Streaming: Netflix 


A movie-loving 10-year-old girl and her blind younger brother trek to meet Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan for help in getting the boy an eye operation.

Why JBFC Kids Curator Emily Ohara (@TeachEmFilm) recommends it: 

It can be hard to find an Indian film for kids readily available in the US. Dhanak, or Rainbow, is one such film and it has all the things you want and more: singing, dancing, thrills, and especially heart. The story has a fairy tale-like quality, yet is grounded with the two lead protagonists, Pari and Chotu, reminding you that sibling relationships can be exasperating and loving at the same time. Dhanak is a feel-good road trip movie that celebrates young people’s dreams and the power of cinema.

Fun Fact: 

The word Bollywood comes from the two words “Bombay” and “Hollywood” put together; the world’s largest film industry.

Take it Further:

  • Find a movie buddy, watch the film, and discuss these follow up questions:

                  1. Why is the film called “Dhanak” or “Rainbow”?

                  2. How and why did the filmmaker use color in the film?

                  3. How does it relate to the title?

  • Watch this interview with the film director and writer, Nagesh Kukunoor, and learn his approach to making the movie. 

JBFC Kids: At Home Viewing List 

JBFC Kids curator Emily Ohara has selected her favorite films from shorts to documentaries, animations to silent films, these engaging and meaningful stories are fun for the whole family - And ready to stream!

For parent reviews of each film please visit: