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Prakash Kamat
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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar felicitating actor Nandamuri Balakrishna at the closing ceremony of the 43rd International Film Festival of India in Panaji on Friday.— Photo: PTI
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar felicitating actor Nandamuri Balakrishna at the closing ceremony of the 43rd International Film Festival of India in Panaji on Friday.— Photo: PTI

Meera Nair’s political film The Reluctant Fundamentalist , an exploration of bias and the phenomenon of globalisation, which brought the curtains down on the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Friday, won the maiden ‘Centenary Film Award,’ while Punjabi film Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (Alms for a Blind Horse), directed by Gurvinder Singh and produced by the National Film Development Corporation, won the Best Film Golden Peacock and a cash prize of Rs.40 lakh.

A glittering closing ceremony in the presence of chief guest Telugu actor Nandamuri Balakrishna brought to a close the 43rd IFFI, an 11-day extravaganza of films, discussions and debates on films which began on November 20. Goa Governor Bharat Veer Wanchoo, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Raghavendra Singh, Festival Director Shankar Mohan and others were present.

The Best Director award went to Kyu-hwan Jeon for his film The Weight . He got the Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs.15 lakh. The Best Actor (Male) award went to Marcin Dorocinski for his remarkable performance in the Polish-Russian-German movie Rose . The award was presented in absentia as the actor had to leave early. The award carries the Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh.

Anjali Patil’s heart-warming performance in Prasanna Vithanage’s Sinhala-Tamil movie With You, Without You won her the Best Actor (Female) award. It carried the Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh.

The Special Jury Award went to Lucy Mulloy for her Spanish movie Una Noche . She got the Silver Peacock, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.15 lakh.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist was chosen for the special Centenary Film Award, newly constituted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as part of its celebrations of the Centenary year of Indian Cinema, from amongst nine films shortlisted from the national and international films screened in the course of the 43rd IFFI from Cinema of the World, Competition section and Indian Panorama section. Ms. Nair received the Silver Peacock, a certificate and a Rs.10 lakh cash award from guest of honour Paul Cox, celebrated Australian filmmaker.

This film was selected by a special jury panel for deftly showcasing the glory of cinema as a medium.

Shot in five cities covering three continents with an international cast and crew of Hollywood, Pakistani and Indian stars, the film depicts two very different worlds coming together through dialogue.

Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan is a film done in a village in Punjab, which depicts the travails of a Dalit family seeking justice.

Special guest Paul Cox said Indian cinema had taught him that life must be an active love, which he practiced whole-heartedly.

“In this crazy life of digitalisation and technological innovations, we should remember our roots and remain true to them. I think that the world will be a better place if we remember humanity and keep up our respect for life. Herein, I remember the great works of Satyajit Ray, which has inspired my movies,” he said.


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