Amaravati adjudged best film

Amaravati adjudged best film

Amaravati adjudged best film

Amaravati bagged three prizes, including the best film and best actor, in the state film awards - 2016 announced on Tuesday, throwing spotlight on films focussing on social issues.

For Railway Children, the honour of second best film comes days after its lead actor Manohar K bagged a national award for best actor in the children’s category.

With the best actor award, Achyut Kumar has been recognised for the stellar performance in Amaravati. The selection for third best film, Antarjala, surprised many as the yet-to-be released movie was virtually unheard of even in the film circles.

Chandrika Gururaj, who was part of the jury, said the film brings to centrestage two biggest crises of the day: drought and the consequent hardship being faced by the farming community.

“By delving deep into the life of one farmer, the film traces the suffering of the whole community,” she said.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who announced the awards, said 124 movies were reviewed for the awards. “The state government gives subsidy for 125 movies and the awards recognise the best talents,” he said.

Medals and cash

The director and producer of the best film will each take home Rs 1 lakh and a 50-gram gold medal.

 A jury panel composed of eight members was led by journalist and film director, Kavita Lankesh, known for her films Deveeri and Tananam Tananam. “There was a healthy competition with 30 really good films vying for the top three spots,” she said.

Moodla Seemeyali bagged the award for the film with social concern while Kirik Party was selected for the best popular film award. Tulu film Madipu was adjudged the best movie in regional language.