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Utpal Borpujari

Film reviews, festival reports and other cinema-related writings by Utpal Borpujari, film critic from India


India-Bangladesh coproduction wins top award at 41st IFFI

After 10 years, an Indian film has won an award at the IFFI. In 2000, it was Jayraj’s Malayalam film Karunam, and in the 41st International Film Festival of India that concluded in Goa on 2nd December, it was Goutam Ghose’s Indo-Bangldesh coproduction Moner Manush, a deeply-layered film with a strong socio-political subtext, based on the life of legendary Baul singer Lalon Fakir.


Moner Manush (The Quest), produced by Gautam Kendu and Habibur Rehman Khan,  walked away with the top prize of the Golden Peacock, along with a cash prize of Rs 40 lakh (US$1=approx 46 Indian rupees). Bengali star Prosenjit, as Lalon, has given his heart and soul to the film, and his performance is a testimony to that.



The Silver Peacock for Best Director, carrying a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, went to New Zealander Susan Peirre for the movie After the Wedding.


The Silver Peacock for Special Jury Award carrying cash prize of Rs 15 lakh went to Kaushik Ganguly for Just Another Love Story, which marks the acting debut of noted director Rituparno Ghosh in a high-impact role.


The Best Actor and Actress Awards went to Gimenn Kirag for the movie Crossing (Turkey) and Magdalena Boczarska for Little Rose (Poland) respectively, both taking home a Silver Peacock and prize money of Rs10 lakh each.


The Young Jury Award, introduced this year for a film from Indian Panorama, went to Nila Madhab Panda’s debut feature, the fable-like I am Kalam.

In the Short Film category, The Golden Lamp Tree Award carrying Rs 500,000 prize money went to Extinction II directed by Fernando Uson Fornies.  The Silver Lamp Tree Award carrying prize money of Rs 300,000 went to Kusum directed by Shumona Banerjee.


The Vasudha Award, claimed to be India’s only government award for an environmental film, went jointly to Kaippad directed by Babu Kambrath and Niyamgiri You Are Still Alive directed by Suma Josson.  The Special Jury Mention carrying a prize money of Rs 2,00,000 went to Charulata…A Sequel of the Life Untold directed by Sangeeta  Padmanabhan and the Certificate of Appreciation from the Jury went to Incurable India directed by Umesh Aggarwal.

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