The 60th National Film Awards that were announced recently brought joy to Pune for several reasons. For one, Kaatal (Marathi) has bagged the Best Short Fiction award that comprised of the Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus Award) along with a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each to its director Vikrant Pawar and producer (FTII).
Pawar has also been honoured with Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus Award) and Rs 50,000 in cash for Best Direction for his film Kaatal. Kaatal (Marathi) has also shared the Best Cinematography award for cameraman Abhimanyu Dange. Reliance Media Works was awarded for processing the film. Both award-winners will be honoured with the Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000 each in cash to the cameraman and laboratory.
Another important achievement was the category of Best Film on Family Values award that went to After Glow, a diploma filmthat included a Rajat Kamal and cash prize of Rs 50,000 eachto the director Kaushal Oza and producer (FTII).
On winning this prestigious award, Oza was elated: “It played well in the film festival circuit; audiences liked it as it was a simple story. The shoot was done in one go; this was one of the most crucial decisions we took during the making of the movie. Secondly, it helped that all the actors were Zoroastrian since the movie was based on them.” The director added that the award would provide recognition to promote the film even further.
Allah Is Great (English, Hindi and Danish), directed by Andrea Iannetta earned a Special Mention at the Awards. Cameraman Abhimanyu Dange who worked on the film said that after every shoot of the movie there was a satisfactory feel, which according to him, made it win.
He adds, “The shoot was done in 2011 in Pune district itself. The most important factor was the satisfaction, which we got from this movie. I am certainly planning to do more movies now.”