The Goa Governor, Mr B V Wanchoo, the Chief Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar and well-known actor of Telugu films, Nandamuri Balakrishna are seen along with award winners and other dignitaries at closing ceremony of the 43rd edition of the IFFI on Friday. The award winners seen here are Gurvinder Singh, director of Punjabi movie, Anhey Ghorhey da Daan which won the Golden Peacock for the Best Film; Anjali Patil, who won the Silver Peacock in the Best Actress category for her performance in Sri Lankan film, With You, Without You; South Korean filmmaker, Jeon Kyu-hwan who bagged the Silver Peacock in the Best Director category for his film The Weight and Mira Nair who bagged Centenary Award for her political thriller The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Nandesh Kambli | NT
PANAJI: The Punjabi movie, ‘Anhey Ghorhey da Daan’ won the prestigious Golden Peacock for the Best Film, a certificate and ` 40 lakh, in the International Competition section of the 43rd edition of the International Film Festival of India, which concluded on Friday, after screening of the closing film ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’, directed by Mira Nair.
The well-known actor of Telugu films, Nandamuri Balakrishna, who was the chief guest at the event, presented the award to the director of the film, Gurvinder Singh and its producer, the National Films Development Corporation. Vikramjit Roy received the award on behalf of the NFDC.
The Governor, Mr B V Wanchoo, and the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar were present on the occasion.
The South Korean filmmaker, Jeon Kyu-hwan bagged the Silver Peacock in the Best Director category, for his film ‘The Weight’. Marcin Dorocinski, who acted in the Polish film, ‘Rose’ won the Silver Peacock in the Best Actor category, while Anjali Patil won the Silver Peacock in the Best Actress category for her performance in the Sri Lankan film, ‘With You, Without You’.
The Special Jury Award was given to the film, ‘Una Noche’ from Cuba. Incidentally, the director of the film, Lucy Mulloy, who arrived in India to attend the film festival, had to return to Cuba from Mumbai due to visa problem.
The chairman of the jury panel for the International Competition section, Gautam Ghose along with other members, Anamaria Marinca, Lech Majewski and Dr Malini Fonseka were present on the occasion. The fifth member, Derek Malcolm was indisposed.
Paulus ‘Paul’ Cox, the award-winning Australian film director, who was the guest of honour, presented the Centenary Award instituted from this year, in commemoration of the 100 years of Indian cinema to the eminent film director, Mira Nair for her political thriller, ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’.
Earlier, Balakrishna, in his speech, said that although Telugu film industry finds no place in the film festival by way of representation to its films, 80 per cent of the movies that are produced in India are in regional languages, out of which 50 per cent are from South India. "Today, film industry is facing competition from radio, and television as also from piracy," the South Indian superstar stated. He also maintained that the film festivals have enlarged his vision towards his career.
The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, in his welcome address said that the absence of an auditorium to hold the opening and the closing ceremonies of the film festival was a major shortfall, this year. "I however, assure you that a better theatre will come up by year 2014 to match any theatre around the world," the Chief Minister stated, pointing out that his government will infuse the festival with special colour and environment as related to films, including film studios and film training schools coming up in Goa. He further quipped, "However, I can’t assure you good films as that is the work of the directors."
The Chief Minister also mentioned that Goa should be known not only for its beauty but also for the international film festival.
The Australian director, Paulus ‘Paul’ Cox said that a film is a colourful medium of entertainment, albeit with responsibility. "If cinema has a bit more kindness, hope, humour and humanity, life will be much better," he observed.
Speaking further, Cox said that he often came to India and learnt about the real meaning of life. "India has reminded me that life must be an act of love irrespective of consequences," he maintained, remarking that in the face of digitalisation, commercialisation and globalisation of humanity, we need to reflect on our roots. The Australian director also said that some of the films have left him speechless.
The vote of thanks was proposed by the festival director, Shankar Mohan. The event was compered by actors, Rohit Roy and Simone Singh.
The cultural programme presented on the occasion had dances choreographed by the noted choreographer, Longinus Fernandes, belonging to various states including Maharashtra, Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, and Goa, besides the North-Eastern region. [NT]