PANAJI: The Indo-Bangladesh co-production Moner Manush, directed by eminent
filmmaker Goutam Ghose, today bagged the best film award at the 41st International
Film Festival of India which concluded here.
The last time an India film received an award at the IFFI in 2002, when Revati,
incidentally a member of jury this year, had received the special jury prize of
Silver Peacock for her film, Mitr My Friend.
film, which is being released simultaneously tomorrow in India and Bangladesh,
is about the Sufi Saint Lallan Faqir who also popularised Baul singing.
Indian film, Just Another Love story by Kaushik Ganguly in English, which
starred the eminent director Rituparno Ghosh in a debut role, shared the Special
Jury with The Boy by Taik Wai Titi from New Zealand.
The best director award went to Susanne Bier for the film In a Better World
from Dennark and was received by her son.
The best actor award went to
Güven Kirac for the Turkish film The Crossing by Selim Demirdelen, while
the best actress award went to Magdalena Boczarska in the Polish film Little
Rose by Jan Kidawa-Blonski.
the recipients except the best director were present to receive their awards.
best film gets the Golden Peacock, a citation, and a cash award of Rs 4 million
to be shared equally between the director and producer.
The best director
also gets the Golden Peacock while the others get Silver Peacock.
total award money is $200,000 (Rs nine million) for all awards.
were given away at the ceremony at Kala Academy by Union Minister of State for
Information and Broadcasting Chowdhury Mohan Jatua, Goa Chief Minister Digambar
Kamat, matinee idol Saif Ali Khan (who was the Chief Guest) and other members
of the Goa cabinet.
Polish writer, director, producer Jerzy Antczak who
chaired the International Jury read out the awards while Indian member Revathy
Menon read the citations.
Other members of the jury were: Sturla Gunnarsson
who is a filmmaker from Canada; Australias Mick Molloy who is a writer,
actor, producer; and Olivier Père who is a festival programmer and author
concluding programme which culminated with screening of the closing film The
Princess of Montpensier from France directed by Bernard Tavernier was
preceded by a dance programme devised by actress Gracy Singh. Arjun Bajwa and
Neetu Chandra were the anchors for the grand finale.
said Indian films were now being seen in the remotest corners of the globe and
were promoting national culture.
cinema was also making a mark overseas in other ways and would be the focus in
the next Locarno International Film Festival.
said the ticket sales had surpassed the sales of last year, fetching over Rs 100,000
as against Rs 80,000 in IFFI 2009. He said the government was aware of the lacunae
in infrastructure and was doing everything to overcome these hurdles. He promised
a large convention center with bigger capacity soon.
film artistes were felicitated on the occasion: actresses Padmapriya and Priyamani,
and actors Arjun Rampal and Prosenjit Chatgterjee (son of actor Biswajeet and
hero of Moner Manush).
Director S M Khan from the Directorate of Film Festivals said a total of over
200 films from 61 countries had taken part in the Festival, which commenced on
22 November. Apart from 18 films in competition, 70 were in Cinema of the World
while 26 features and 19 non-features were in the Indian Panorama. In addition,
there were tributes to around 11 film personalities who passed away over the past
year and there were several retrospectives and focus on four different countries.