The 60th National Film Awards,announced on Monday,saw Puneites win three coveted awards:
Arti Ankalikari Tikekar for best playback singing in Marathi film Samhita
Vikram Gokhale shared the award with Irfan Khan in the best actor category for his role in the Marathi film Anumati.
The animated feature film Delhi Safari won the award for best animated feature film. Arpan Gaglani was the creative director of the film.
Directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar,Samhita stars Milind Soman,Devika Daftardar,Rajeshwari Sachdeva,Uttara Baokar and Jyoti Subhash,among others.
Ankalikari Tikekar has previously won the national awards for films such as Sardari Begum (1996) and Antarnaad (2006) both of which were directed by Shyam Benegal. It feels very good,because it was very unexpected. I was preparing for a trip when suddenly somebody called up and congratulated me for winning the award. I was on cloud nine.
Vikram Gokhale,who shared the award with Irfan Khan in the best actor category for his role in the Marathi film Anumati. Khan won for Paan Singh Tomar. Gokhale,who was actually busy shooting for a film,said he was happy after winning the award and that it felt good
In addition the animated feature film Delhi Safari won the award for best animated feature film. Arpan Gaglani,creative director of the film says,We were very confident of winning because the film had been very well received by critics and audiences all alike. Of course the film had won awards at major festivals and award ceremonies but this one takes the cake,because it is the highest in the country.
Gaglani went on to add that his film winning the national award will give a further fillip to the DVD sales. The film has done very well on the DVD market. However,we hoped that the film would have had a better run at the theatres. With the movie doing well on the DVD and home entertainment market,we hope now the national award would be a bigger sales booster, he said. In addition they will now be launching the films 3D DVD in the market. The pack will be bundled with 3D glasses,so that everyone will be able to see the film in 3D without actually needing a 3D television.
With eight awards,students make FTII proud
It was a day of self-affirmation for the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII),as eight National Awards went to student films such as Kaatal,After Glow and Allah Is Great.
Kaatal,a Marathi film tells the story of a couple who met for the last time,before the girl,Sampada moves to another city. The film bagged the Best Short Fiction and Best Direction Awards,and also won a shared award for cinematography. The films director,Vikrant Pawar said,I tried to express these emotions but could only express them through cinema. I wanted to make a film about the relationship between two human beings.
This film very close to my heart; its very personal and is I receive such appreciation,it is great motivation for me, he added.
After Glow,an FTII film made by Kaushal Oza,was recognised as the Best Film on Family Values,while the multi-lingual Allah Is Great received special mention at the awards. FTII itself will also receive awards for producing Kaatal and After Glow.
While Kaatal is a romantic story,After Glow is a film about a widow,Meher who tries to come to terms with her loss and grief,while her friends and relatives,according to Parsi customs,offer their condolences and mock sympathy.
Allah Is Great,made by Andrea Iannetta follows a Danish engineer who works in the Indian country side. He is expected to participate in a conference in Nairobi,but gets stranded in a remote village when the driver fails to pick him up for his flight. The film tells the story of how different the educated foreign engineer and the local cab driver are,and how such differences can lead to miscommunication and mishaps.