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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 



11th Bengaluru International Film Festival award winners

11th Bengaluru International Film Festival award winners

Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum, an anthology of Tamil stories, directed by Vasanth Sai, was chosen the Best Film in the Asian category of the 11th BIFFes, held in Bengaluru, during February 21-28. Sivaranjiniyum is based on women-centric short stories by

Ashokmitran, Adhavan and Jeymohan.

Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon (Hindi), produced and directed by Anamika Haksar, bagged two awards--FIPRESCI-

International Critics Jury Award, and Best Indian Film Award, in the Chitrabharathi Indian Cinema Competition category. The film explores the lives of marginalised people in the walled city of Old Delhi, and their dreams.

Arup Manna’s film Aamrityu (The Quest/Assamese), about a militant who tries to come back and settle in his village, was selected for the Special Jury Award.

Nathicharami by Manjunatha Somakeshava Reddy (Mansore), about female sexuality, has been chosen for the Netpac (Network for Promotion of Asian and Asia Pacific Cinema) International Jury Prize for Kannada cinema.

Mookajjiya Kanasagalu, by P. Sheshadri, was been adjudged the first best film in the Kannada Cinema Competition category. This film is based on a Shivaram Karanth story.

SavithriBai Phule by Vishal Raj, a biopic of the reformer and educationist, and Ramana Savari, directed by K Shivarudraiah, based on a story by K Sadashiva, were chosen as the second and third best films in this section. 

In the Most Popular Kannada Cinema category, the winners were:

First prize:

K.G.F Chapter 1

Director: Prashanth Neel

Second Prize:

Sarakari Hiriya Prthamika Shaale Kasaragodu

Director: Rishab Shetty

Third Prize:


Director: Soori

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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

Bandra West, Mumbai


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