Movie on Kannada classic wins laurels at BIFFes

Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala presents the Kannada Cinema Competition first place award to P Sheshadri, the director of Mookajjiya Kanasugalu, and the film's team at a ceremony held at the Banquet Hall, Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru on Thursday. Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar, Polish filmmaker Cryzstof Zanussi and chairman of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar are also seen. DH Photo by S K Dinesh

Curtains fell on the seven-day long Bengaluru International Film Festival on Thursday after a cheerful awards ceremony where director P Sheshadri received accolades for the film Mookajjiya Kanasugalu.

The film is based on a novel by K Shivaram Karanth published in 1968 for which he was given the Jnanpith award.

Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala gave away the awards at the function where Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara was conspicuous in his absence.

The cheers were even louder at the Vidhana Soudha -where the ceremony was held- when Prashanth Neel walked to the stage to receive the award for his film KGF Chapter-1.

Though made in five Indian languages, KGF Chapter-1 won the accolades for the most popular Kannada film of the year.

Asamese movie Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon, directed by Anamika Haksar, bagged the most popular film at the 11th edition of BIFF. It was the only movie to get two awards -the Best Indian Cinema Award and the FIPRESCI- International Critics Jury Award.

Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum (Sivaranjini and other Women) got the best Asian film award for director and producer Vasanth. The film won the Netpac Jury award for its script and direction.

Pointing to the Indian film ‘Period. End of Sentence’ that recently won an Oscar, Governor Vala said Indian cinema is getting globally recognized.

It is not just the directors and producers, but even the script writers must explore all angles while making films, the Governor said, adding that emphasis should be made on films promoting nation and character building.

Also speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar urged all filmmakers to make the best out of Karnataka’s national film policy.

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