5th Jagran Film Festival: A fitting finale

The fifth edition of the Jagran Film Festival, India’s sole travelling cinema gala, wound up on Sunday night.  We give you a glimpse into the closing night of the festival that saw a heady mix of talent and glamour in attendance

The fifth edition of the Jagran Film Festival (JFF) — held in Mumbai for the second time — concluded on Sunday night on a high note. Along with artistes from regional cinema, the weeklong event was decorated by the presence of Bollywood celebrities as well as some international figures. As expected, the fest indulged in a memorable evening that honoured excellence in cinema.

Manoj Srivastava, strategic consultant, JFF, and Cyprus’s Cultural Officer, Diomides Nikita
Manoj Srivastava, strategic consultant, JFF, and Cyprus’s Cultural Officer, Diomides Nikita 

Held at PVR Cinemas in Andheri, the event was emceed by Vinay Pathak. Throughout, he kept the crowd entertained with his jokes and an entertaining fusion of English and Hindi in his anchoring. On the other hand, the winners’ list had some surprises. The Best Feature Film went to Rajendra Talak’s A Rainy Day while Children of War and Punjab 1984 both bagged the Special Jury Mention Award.

Film critic Sukanya Verma
Film critic Sukanya Verma

In the acting category, Rajkummar Rao — who arrived quite late — took home the award for Best Actor for his convincing work in Hansal Mehta’s biopic Shahid. Kangna Ranaut won the Best Actress Award for her performance in Vikas Bahl’s Queen. Sanjay Mishra bagged the trophy for his heartwarming role in Rajat Kapoor’s Ankhon Dekhi.

Cypriot filmmaker Ioakim Mylonas and Singaporean film critic Philip Cheah
Cypriot filmmaker Ioakim Mylonas and Singaporean film critic Philip Cheah 

Shoojit Sircar won the Best Director Award for Madras Cafe while Chandrashekhar Prajapati won the Best Editing Award for the same film. Asha Parekh was honoured with the Icon of Cinema Award, with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt presenting the award to the legendary actress.

In the Best Director Debut category, the unanimous choice was Sanjeev Gupta for his directorial debut Q. Goutam Ghose flew all the way from Kolkata. The celebrated filmmaker honoured veteran editor Waman Bhosle for his contributions to cinema.

The evening was marked by audio-visuals and onstage performances by artistes. All in all, it made for a delectable evening. hitlist brings you some snapshots from the night that was...

Memorable moments

>> The JFF awards ceremony started off with film critic Sukanya Verma winning the Best Critic award. A visibly overwhelmed Sukanya profusely thanked the festival organisers for acknowledging her work.

>> Vinay Pathak, known for his spontaneous humour, hosted the event with aplomb. When Sanjay Mishra was called on stage to receive his award, Mishra pretended to touch Pathak’s feet as a mark of respect. Both the actors hugged it out and Mishra noted how the two were classmates and thus, go back a long way.

>> When it was announced that Punjab 1984 had earned the Special Jury Mention for its poignant portrayal of riots, director Anurag Singh became emotional. Singh noted how glad he was to have finally won his first award in the city.

>> Pawan Malhotra earned two honours on Sunday evening — he bagged the Jury award for his work in both Children of War and Punjab 1984.

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