‘Ore Kadal’ wins the Audience Award in a festival of Indian cinema in Germany.

Shyamaprasad’s ‘Ore Kadal’ added another award to its kitty when it won the Audience Award at ‘Bollywood and Beyond,’ a festival of Indian cinema in Stuttgart, Germany, which concluded on July 20.

The director received a trophy and cash prize of euros 1,000 from Shobha De.

“It is a great honour,” admits Shyamprasad. “Especially at a time when the word ‘Bollywood’ seems to have become an easy replacement for anything and everything Indian. At this film festival, it was the ‘Beyond’ that won over Bollywood. All the four prizes were bagged by films that has nothing much to do with Bollywood. The prize consists of a crystal statuette, citation and the prize money. Sobha De anounced the prize and Oliver Mann, the director of the festival, awarded the prize to me at the closing gala,” adds the director.

Bollywood hits such as ‘Chak De’ and ‘Tare Zameen Par,’ ‘Loins of Punjab,’ ‘Valu, The Wild Bull,’ Jag Mundhra’s new film ‘Shoot at Sight’ and Kunal Kohli’s ‘Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic’ were some of the other films that were in the reckoning for the award.

The festival featured 20 feature films, 23 documentaries and 13 short films. While the jury prize went to Canadian director Richie Mehta’s ‘Amal,’ the award for the best documentary was won by Vani Subramaniam’s ‘It is a boy.’

Vishal Bharadwaj’s 13-minute film ‘Blood Brothers,’ won the award for the best short film.

Shymaprasad recounts that Shoba De announced during the ceremony that she has been an ardent admirer of Mammootty.

The director is all set to begin the shoot of his new film in November. “It stars Prithviraj in the lead and is a youth-centric film that has been scripted by Joshua Newton,” says Shyamprasad.