Award for `Amu'

SHONALI BOSE bagged the prestigious Gollapudi Srinivas National Award for the year 2004 for her film "Amu" (Bengali). Bose was chosen from 12 nominations of film directors from all over the country.The jury consisted of noted actor Kamal Hassan and veteran director Singeetam Srinivasa Rao.

Renowned film writer and actor Gollapudi Maruthi Rao instituted the award in the name of his son Srinivas, who died in an accident. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh and a memento. The presentation ceremony is on August 12, the day Srinivas passed away, at Chennai.

The film "Amu" is the story of a 19-year-old Indian American and her voyage of self-discovery beginning from the mustard fields of rural Indian to the killing fields of Delhi during the 1984 Sikh riots. The mystery of her past is unravelled in a searing climax.

Shonali Bose, a post-graduate of political science from Columbia University was an activist since her student days and volunteered to work at the relief camps of Delhi when she was 19. She co-scripted a street play on the riots, which was performed in relief camps. She later wrote her first novel "Amu." Bose produced and directed her first film based on the book.

The film gained international recognition for unfolding the complexities of family relationships and exploring the dilemmas of diasporic Indian identity. A mother of two children, Shonali lives in Los Angeles.

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