Tamil, kannada feature films win accolades overseas

NEW DELHI: Tamil Film Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai has won the best drama feature award in the Feature film (International ) category at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

The film is based on director Krishnan Seshadri Gomatam‘s own original story and marks Gomatan‘s foray into film direction.

The cast comprises C P Satyajit, Anuja Iyer, E Kumaravel and Charan. While the cinematography is by Fowzia Fathima, the film has been edited by B Lenin. Also, the art direction has been handled by Thotaa Tharrani while the music has been composed by Aslam Mustafa. Audiography is by AS Lakshmi Narayanan.

Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai is about the making of the movie - a cinematic metaphor for the ancient Hindu belief that life and death is a continuous process. Set in contemporary India, the narrative follows the obsessive filmmaker Huggy desperately trying to make his first feature film. He has a great sense of humour. The different nuances and incidents he sees in life appear like passages out of a movie script to him. Time is running out for him because his girl friend Sindhu suffers from a terminal illness. He wants to marry her but she will marry him only after he has completed his first film.

Meanwhile, Naanu Gandhi, a Kannada children’s film, has won international recognition for the manner in which it has used a contemporary story to keep alive the relevance of the peace message from Mahatma Gandhi.

Directed by N R Nanjunde Gowda, the film has won several accolades including the best film award for propagating educational values at the Columbia International film festival in Carthagena, the first for any children’s film from India. It has also been shown successfully in film festivals in Italy (Giffoni), Tunisia (Sousse), and Canada (Toronto).

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