Filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur has been selected for this year’s Bimal Roy Memorial Emerging Talent Award for his widely appreciated documentary Celluloid Man .
The filmmaker, who hails from southern Rajasthan’s Dungarpur district, will receive the award on October 18 at Mumbai’s Veer Savarkar Auditorium.
Celluloid Man , a documentary made in 2012, explores the life and work of P.K. Nair, legendary film archivist and founder of the National Film Archive of India. The film won two awards — best historical/biographical reconstruction and best editing for Irene Dhar Malik — at the 60th National Film Awards.
The 150-minute documentary, screened at about 47 film festivals worldwide, has received universal critical acclaim.
The film features interviews of several prominent actors, filmmakers and artistes who have been inspired by Mr. Nair, including Krzysztof Zanussi (Polish film director), Lester James Peries (Sri Lankan filmmaker), Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Gulzar, Basu Chatterjee, Naseeruddin Shah, Kamal Haasan, Girish Kasaravalli, Jahnu Barua, Jaya Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, Sitara Devi, Santosh Sivan, Rajkumar Hirani, Shyam Benegal, Mahesh Bhatt, Yash Chopra, Ramesh Sippy, Mrinal Sen and Surama Ghatak.
The Bimal Roy Memorial Society has been conferring this award since 1997. It honours emerging talents from the Indian film industry.
Past recipients include Rituparno Ghosh, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Shoojit Sircar, Sabiha Sumer, and Vikramaditya Motwane.