Washington: “Kadambari”, a Bengali film centred around Kadambari Devi, sister-in-law of Rabindranath Tagore with whom he is ostensible to have had a tighten personal attribute and who eventually committed suicide, won a Best Film endowment during a 4th Washington, DC, South Asian Film Festival.
The film was destined by a National Award-winning filmmaker Suman Ghosh.
Chaitanya Tamhane won a Best Director endowment for “Court”, a Hindi and Marathi film, that is India’s central entrance to a arriving Academy Awards.
Some of a biggest and many famous names in South Asian eccentric cinema lent shine to a Sep 25-27 festival of choice cinema screening 14 features, 10 brief films and one documentary from from India, Pakistan, a US and Canada.
Award winners: Best Film – Kadambari, Best Story – Rough Book, Best Director – Chaitanya Tamhane (Court), Best Actor – Kishor Kadam (Partu), Best Actress – Konkona Sen Sharma (Kadambari), and Best Short Film –
The assembly rated “Partu” as a Best Film and “Billu’s Flight” as a Best Short Film.
Aparna Sen perceived a Special Achievement Award, while Huma Beg from Pakistan (Veils and Walls) got a Special Appreciation Award Documentary.
Sarmad Khoosat perceived a Special Award for Contribution to Pakistan TV and Films.
A series of directors, including Sen and Ghosh, attended a festival. Another important participation was renouned Bollywood and Bengali singer Riya Sen.
Indian American businessman and humanitarian Frank Islam inaugurated a festival observant this year’s theme, “Art and enlightenment comparison boundaries” reflects a reality.
“This is so even yet we live in a deeply divided world. These are unsettling times-wars, refugees, terrorism, hatred crimes of all types, and range disputes. Events such as these browbeat a headlines daily,” he said.
“Yet, art and enlightenment rouse and combine all of us. Whether it is a immature child in Afghanistan, or an aged lady in Zimbabwe, there is not a essence that doesn’t suffer a good movie, or a poetic square of music.”
“The fact that we have with us currently some of a excellent collection of talents from India and Pakistan underneath one roof is explanation that art and enlightenment indeed comparison all a boundaries.”
Marketing is a large plea for indie films as well, he pronounced confronting what he called a “curse of Bollywood” – extravagant, studio-backed and star-studded films from Bollywood.
In sequence to succeed, indie films from India, in their still way, contingency overcome this classify and sea of noise, Islam said.
“This year there was some-more recognition about a film festival here in a US and in South Asian countries,” pronounced DCSAFF Executive Director Manoj Singh observant some-more non-South Asians came to see a movies.
“Saari Raat”, Sen’s film instrumentation of Bengali playwright Badal Sircar’s drama, was a opening film.
There were 3 films from South Asian Americans: “Partu”, a film by Nitin Adsul; “Miss India America” by Ravi Kapoor; and “For Here or To Go” by Rucha Humnabadkar.
The festival also featured dual Pakistani films, “Manto” and “Shah” formed on a lives of short-story author Sadat Hassan Manto and Pakistani fighter Hussain Shah, who won a bronze award during 1988 Summer Olympics.
Islam and his mother Debbie Driesman also hosted a cooking for a visiting artists during their home Norton Manor.
Promoting art and enlightenment is one of a missions of a Frank Islam and Debbie Driesman Foundation.